When I Was Growing Up We Had A Concept We Called “Doing the Right Thing?” Why Have We Let It Be So Casually Cast Aside?

Posted: April 9, 2013 in Commentary, Miscellaneous, Politics
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An interesting Article in the April 8, 2013 Washington Post ties race and geography to the length of voting lines. I guess that is no surprise given the photos on TV. The question for me is why do we let this happen? Why should one person wait 10 minutes to vote while another waits 5 hours? I know that there almost certainly are could be crass political reasons for voter suppression, by the simple but effective means of misallocation resources (e.g., lots of voting machines in some areas and not enough in other areas) but aren’t we better than this? Shouldn’t everyone want fair elections in the U.S. After all, we send observers to foreign countries to make sure that fair votes are held and I’m pretty sure that if a foreign government had only a few polling stations in certain areas where it expected opposition and plenty in areas where it expected support, we would not say there was a fair election. When I was growing up, we had a concept that we called “Doing the right thing.” What has happened to us that some of us have so eagerly cast it aside? How do we get it back? I don’t know, but until we do I doubt that anything can be fixed in this country.

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