This blog originally founded by Blogger who holds a theological degree and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Taught Psychology for 32 years and is now Professor Emeritus. Is a board-certified psychologist and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in his profession. Ministered as a chaplain, and pastored Baptist and Episcopal churches. Publications cover the integration of psychology and theology. Served in the Army, the Merchant Marines and the Peace Corps.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Is it Fair?
One great strength of a Democracy is the ability of its citizens to choose their own leaders. Unlike the pretended democracies such as Iran, Cuba, China and the like, our system serves us well. That is unless of course you lived in old Chicago where they voted the dead, or unless you happen to live in a small town like I do, where the right to choose one’s leaders can be usurped by transients.
The loss of self-governance here is not exactly equivalent to the loss of self government in the false democracies. However, the outcome is the same. Dis-empowerment creates disheartenment. Our little community is a case study of the unintended consequences of giving transients the vote. Several years back, students of our large university were granted the right to vote in local elections. Now it is heartbreaking to watch the anguish on faces of local candidates for office, who serve their communities for years, carried all the local precincts, then watch their victories snatched from them when the results of the university precincts come in–voting precincts set up conveniently in buildings on campus.
Mistrustful of government interference in their lives, the locals have a long history of voting against intrusive government. There are more Republicans registered than Democrats here, and Republican typically carry all of the precincts where long-term residents live. Yet even with that history and with superior numbers, Democrats hold every leadership position.
What distresses is that everyone wants to encourage young people to practice citizenship. However, some may be able to understand why small communities might want them to practice some place where they will have reason to be committed to the long term future of that community. Also, it would be more just if they were out from under influences of unscrupulous adults who manipulate them for their own political purposes.