My Political Apostasy

The other day I had a political conversation with a neighbor I don’t particularly like very much. Our political views don’t overlap at all and it quickly became awkward after she asked my opinion on the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica fiasco. My answer was that it’s all bullshit. If people can be swayed to vote a particular way because of social media, they are essentially low information voters and shouldn’t be voting because they can’t research and think for themselves. For the most part, I’m pretty much of the view that voting should be more difficult… meaning the existing citizenry rules should be enforced and requirements should be more stringent; for example: adding a civics and current events test to be given every five years, requiring a certain credit level, etc. Low information voters, entrenched and partisan political coterie of both parties, and the deep state apparatus are driving the United States into the ground. We are essentially hopelessly in debt that we’ll never get out of; in a state of perpetual war; and there is so much misinformation being bandied about, there is no way to know what the truth is… if there is any such thing as truth.  For these reasons, I’ve kind of washed my hands of all of it and give very little attention to anyone who thinks a particular cause, movement, party, etc is important. Flavius Odoacer arguably ended the Roman Empire; but it was hundreds of years of social, military, financial, and political ineffectiveness that was the real reason for Rome’s end. Aren’t we on the same timeline, just accelerated?