Saturday, November 10, 2012
The worst waste of the greatest public educational opportunity
The American presidential election is over and done with, but so are the $1.5+ billion dollars spent, millions of man-hours of organizing, research and outreach, and thousands of hours of media exposure. All in all, it was a colossal waste of talent, passion, time and money, which could have been spent in solving the pressing problems of environmental degradation, national debt woes and climate change. It was a monumental squandering of the greatest public educational opportunity money can create, especially given the ignorance that prevails in society on these key issues, which were not once mentioned, much less debated upon. It was the same old same old health care, taxation, employment and military supremacy, which are of no educational, social and environmental value, and most of the promises won't be kept anyway. So, at the end of election day, the 50% of the public that already know and care are not in the least empowered, and the 50% of the public that don't know and don't care are left quagmired in their current ignorance and apathy for another 4 crucial years.
Some object to this post, saying that the issued not even mentioned in the presidential debates, in fact throughout the campaign, are not what the voters wanted to hear and therefore wouldn't win the candidates any votes. Then I have this to say:
The question then becomes whether the national "leaders" should make good the term and lead the people, or follow the stragglers of society. By just saying what "the people" want to hear, obviously, they are the latter, and not only that, they are pulling the leading edge of society back, and silencing it. So now, it is the blind leading the blind. It is political opportunism at its best!
Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC)