We pharmacists are required to complete continuing education to maintain our licenses, and I wish that Americans were required to do the same to maintain their citizenship. I'm worried about the 'low information' voters. In fact, I believed that before they received their economic stimulus check, all Americans of voting age should have been asked to complete a CE packet. This would include things like how Congress actually works to pass bills (explaining things like veto-proof majorities and filibusters), what the Patriot Act actually says --- heck, what the Constitution ACTUALLY says, in plain language, and what it doesn't say. That way, when politicians make assertive statements which are in fact misleading or outright lies, we Americans would know better. I think there is a shocking amount of ignorance out there, and our politicians don't hesitate to cater to that lowest common denominator.
It's been shown that more people know the names of the American Idol judges than know the names of their Congressman or Senator. I had a few days off last week and in flipping TV channels was treated to "cage" fighting (where two guys beat the crap out of each other while the crowd screams for blood), Jerry Springer (enough said), Maury Povich (the 'paternity' show guy who determines who's the daddy of some poor kid born to a bunch of losers who scream at each other and then parade THE KID out there too), and of course the endless cheaply-produced reality shows that put a bunch of self-obsessed spoiled brats into contrived situations and then zoom in for those icky close-ups while they ponder their boring lives. I know there are many people who pay no attention to this garbage, but I fear there are too many that do. I guess with the election coming up, this makes me discouraged and worried.
Fact checking --- priceless!