This is pretty disappointing to me; but probably not for the reasons you think. Yes, the Howey poll puts me at 3% on Election Day. But that’s about what I’d come to expect. In traveling the state and talking to people I became convinced that we’ll once again tell the entrenched powers, “atta boy, keep doing what you’ve been doing to us!” Our collective votes will be wasted again.
But that’s not what’s so disappointing.
Here’s what I think is disappointing:
On a scale of 1-10, voters say that their level of interest in this campaign season is 9.42. And, sure enough, 99% of voters know who Mitch Daniels is. (one must wonder about the one percent who have no idea who’s governing Indiana’s government, but that’s another matter)
Only 84% of voters, however, are aware of Jill Long Thompson, who’s the Democrat running against Mitch. And worse (for me, of course), only 29% of voters have heard of me.
So at least 71% of those polled don’t know their choices in the voting booth!
On one hand, it will assuage my delicate sensibilities on Election Day knowing that most voters didn’t even know that I was on the ballot. That “wasted vote syndrome” deceit will never enter their mind because they’ve got no idea to whom it could apply. They’re not voting against the constitution, since they don’t know it’s on the ballot. They’re not consciously choosing the anticonstitutionalists because they have no idea that there is an alternative. That does make me, personally, feel a little better, in a way.
But on the other hand, ladies and gentlemen, this is no way to run a government.
Of course God is in control of all things and I shouldn’t fret it. No human government can last.
All government is, in one way or another, by consent of the governed. Our governments always reflect who we are as social creatures. And we are fallen creatures indeed. We choose all the problems we suffer. And the level of ignorance displayed by citizens and reflected in politicians today simply cannot continue.
It will end. Probably quite badly.
That is pretty disappointing to me.