At first glance, indifference appears as an equal to neutrality. However, that could not be further from the truth. Indifference is a lack of care; neutrality is refusing to choose a side. But why does this matter? It’s simple. Indifference, specifically political indifference, is perhaps one of the greatest transgressions a citizen could commit against the institution of democracy.
When voters don’t care, they leave the vote up to the often reactionary or radical voters. This is a problem because these voters are generally the minority. By not voting, people are leaving the fate of our nation to the mercy of the overzealous.
This is particularly a problem in the 2016 election. Displeased with both candidates, justifiably so, voters are choosing not to choose, instead of picking whichever they believe to be the lesser evil. It’s true, watching this election unfold is worse than watching two preschoolers fight over whether the sky is purple or green. That said, to the rational person, there should be an obvious winner between a candidate who has made repeated racist and horribly sexist remarks, false claims, endorsed “stop and search,” an unconstitutional form of racial profiling, hasn’t paid taxes in around 18 years, owns a fake university, and has worked towards the good of the wealthy, and a candidate who has been involved in past scandals, deleted confidential emails, has struggled with health issues, but has also worked for the good of the underprivileged. I won’t say which is which, but I think you get the idea.
The fact that people are indifferent to the transgressions of the first, dismissing them without a second thought, while being unforgiving of the second, is unacceptable. The American people need to wake up and realize how close our country is to falling apart.
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