This is a year in which decisions important to our country’s future will be undertaken. The process in which the decisions are made is messy. The “deciders,” otherwise known as voters, are subject to enormous forces of manipulation. The manipulators know that, through the clever use of “wedge issues” and misinformation, it is possible to get a majority to cast ballots against their own self-interest. The manipulators know that many citizens will rely on superfi- cial impressions in deciding for whom to vote.
Responsible citizens will take the time to educate themselves about the issues at stake in the upcoming elections. Isn’t that the least we owe to those who sacrificed so much to make it possible for us to have this enormous responsibility?