Celebrating the high-information voter

11822833_10205610646398779_7711357802645791809_nI’ve been spending my evenings the past few days watching the GOP convention, mostly on C-Span once I discovered that they were the one station that was just pointing a camera at the even and letting viewers watch rather than filling up the ‘unimportant’ moments with commentators and talking heads to tell viewers what they were supposed to think.

I remember when I was a child my father always put the conventions on and watched them. In the days before cable all 3 major television networks carried the conventions and I don’t think they replaced much of the action with commentators. I distinctly remember those state-by-state announcements of the delegate count.

My father never up and told me that watching the conventions to gather the facts I needed before voting was going to be part of my duty as a citizen when I grew up. He just showed me by his actions how important it was.

Now we live in an age when trusting voting-age citizens believe whatever a biased news commentator or news comedian tells them is happening rather than finding out for themselves. Some still repeat antique talking points that every responsible citizen already knows were not accurate.

I’ve always been one for facts. And a political convention covered live without commentary is a lovely load of facts. If you listen to whole speeches on your own you know for a fact that on that date and in that place, person X said Y. You know every word of the speech and the tone of voice and the cheers or hoots or chants that interrupted parts of it. You don’t have to rely on some biased or careless reporter or comedian to tell you later.

So today, in conjunction with the Celebrate the Small Things blog hop, I’m celebrating everyone of every party who took the time to watch as much of the GOP convention as they could fit into their lives. You are the high-information voters that we need to keep our flawed-but-still-there democratic Republic going. I salute you!

On a personal note I was glad to see the candidate acceptance speech included a call to protect LGBT’Q’ people from things like the attack in Orlando, and a humble thank you to Evangelical Christian voters for their support. Maybe some year soon noticing the Catholic prolife voters among the ‘Evangelical vote’ will be a thing!

And in conclusion— what are YOU celebrating today? 

Celebrate blog hop

4 thoughts on “Celebrating the high-information voter

  1. I don’t watch the conventions but I do read up on all the candidates before I vote. Voting is such an important part of our civic duty and if you’re not informed before voting, it’s pointless.

  2. I’ve instilled in both my sons the importance of voting and of taking the privilege serously. I get really mad with people who say they can’t be bothered or that their vote doesn’t count. Here in the UK, our politics are in turmoil. Roll on the next General Election, I say.

  3. Good for you for going to the source! Too many people simply listen to what they hear without checking it out for themselves. This goes for so many aspects of life.

  4. The live convention came on here at about 4 in the morning, so I watched CNN later for the recaps and the after-the-fact analysis by experts. That’s my favorite part because I feel most political speeches are one-sided — they’re one long infommercial about the politician or their policies, and really, nothing new there. Same old, same old. All the politicians are so funny about what they promise to “do” once elected. As if there isn’t a whole Congress in charge of making laws who rarely listen to the White House. Like it’s nice that Trump gave an olive branch to the LGBT community, and that the attendees applauded politely. But it goes against the Republican platform. They’ll pass many more laws against the community than any protecting its rights.

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