Friday, November 18, 2022

We need better voters

Chris Stirewalt:
Ours is a system crafted by virtuous people to protect us from the wicked impulses that will always afflict humankind. Now, we’ve been scraping the bottom of the barrel for political leaders for a while, but the problem here isn’t so much “candidate quality” as it is a lack of civic virtue among rank-and-file partisans. Politicians tend to go where the votes are, and these days that often means scare-mongering, apocalypticism, and dehumanizing other groups. The politicians are not creating those desires, but rather responding to them. A nation that has lost its capacity for critical thinking and has developed a limitless appetite for emotional blabber will not produce virtuous politicians. As frustrating and corny as this, the truth is that our soul-sick nation needs a moral, spiritual renewal in which we learn that the only antidote to all this hate is a righteous love for our country and its people.
Chris Stirewalt, "Lessons in Power at a Time of Transition," The Dispatch, Nov. 18, 2022.

1 comment:

  1. I think that he couldn't have said it any plainer. The quality of the politicians elected are only a reflection of the quality of the voters.


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