Some people think that little sticker you get after you cast your ballot is corny. Some, like myself, wear it with pride believing it's the least we can do to honor all the men and women who fought for our right to have our voices heard. But either way, we're all equal. We all have to live with the results of the votes of our fellow citizens - informed or not.
Take a look at the link and get a sense of who is voting and how they decide on candidates: https://www.justfacts.com/news_2016_poll_voter_knowledge.asp
Here's an unpleasant fact: an uneducated or emotion-driven vote counts just as much as a rational, intelligent one.
In Washington. D.C. there is a movement to allow 16-year-olds to vote.
This is how teenagers make decisions:
Research has shown that youth aged 12 to17 years are significantly less psycho-socially mature than those aged 18 to 23 years who are also less psycho-socially mature than adults (24 and older).
Overall, teenagers' psycho-social immaturity makes them more likely to:
seek excitement and engage in risk-taking behavior
make choices on impulse
focus on short-term gains
have difficulty delaying gratification
be susceptible to peer pressure
fail to anticipate consequences of their choices
Is this who you want to make decisions for you?
Florida has just restored the right to vote for felons.
If someone has committed a major crime, doesn't that suggest an issue with good-decision making?
In California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Vermont, and Washington, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, people illegally residing in the U.S. can obtain driver's licenses.
Why does this matter? Because there is a thing called the Motor Voter law aka the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Voter_Registration_Act_of_1993) which allows someone with a valid driver's license to vote.
How many people does that involve and how many of the rest of us are aware of that or comfortable with it? The numbers aren't clear, but some estimates say it involves millions of votes.
What impact does it have on the results?
Add into the mix the candidates and sitting representatives who have to take their share of the responsibility for the fact that we now have a divided government which means nothing will get done for at least the next two years. It will be a political tug-of-war with each side trying to pull the other face down into the mud.
One side had the power and did next to nothing with it. The other side wants revenge because the election didn't go their way. So we will spend millions of dollars in investigations (as promised by the Democrats who now control the committees in the House of Representatives) which will turn up the same thing that Geraldo found in Al Capone's vault. If you're too young to remember that, the answer is - NOTHING!!!
Democrats will scream about impeachment, which by the way is almost impossible to do for the reasons they give. Here is the standard:
The Constitution defines impeachment at the federal level and limits impeachment to "The President, Vice President, and all civil officers of the United States" who may be impeached and removed only for "treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors".
That's a mighty high bar to reach. And the other thing the Left doesn't tell its followers who are ready to storm the castle with their flaming torches is that impeachment is only the first step. To remove a President takes an actual conviction by the House of Representatives. The Democrats control that body. Case closed, right? Uh, not so much.
The Senate can acquit an impeached President. As long as the Republicans control the Senate which they do by an even larger margin than before this election, that will never happen. So if you're hoping for President Trump's ouster - dream on.
And there's more than enough blame to go around for why we now find ourselves at an impasse. The Republicans will whine and complain when they only need to look in the mirror to figure out who's to blame. Their message was mixed, unfocused and out of touch with many voters to say the least.
Then there are the young voters and others who have been bamboozled by the Socialist candidates into thinking there is a money tree that we just shake and everything will be paid for.
Free college tuition for all! Free Medicare for all!
That will only cost us $32 trillion 75 million - give or take a few dollars. That's a lot of "crumbs" and completely untenable.
If that's not enough to give you pause, here's another statistic. 68% of us get our news (and therefore our information we use to choose candidates) from social media.
So if you're wondering how elections work, now you know. The only thing you can do is make sure to do your homework and cast your vote. If you're interested, take the quiz below to see how much you actually know.
How informed are you? https://www.pbs.org/newshour/economy/informed-voter-quiz