Originally posted at Writeindependent.org on January 9, 2012
The voters are smart, but the system makes them follow the leader. People talk about who is “electable” rather than who is most qualified.
People usually vote party line because they are too busy with their lives, getting food on the table, working hard, playing hard and having very little time for much else. The easy way out is to vote for whom their party has promoted. They are told, over and over, that they shouldn’t “throw away” their vote by voting for anyone other than the two party leaders.
Are people following the herd mentality? When will they ever expect a different sort of result from government if they keep voting in the same heavily-influenced (read: funded) candidates? Are people sheeple, or will they take the road less traveled?
What will it take to diverge from the herd?