August 05, 2011
When I encountered the statistic that only 37% of eligible voters cast votes in the 2010 election, I started to feel that may be the principal reason we are encountering such dysfunction in Washington. When the only people who vote are those with an axe to grind or an interest to preserve, we shouldn't be surprised when our legislature reflects that. The only solution I can see is to require all eligible people to vote. For those who see that as an infringement on freedom, I remind you that we require people to serve on juries, under pain of imprisonment. Certainly, voting is as grave a responsibility as jury duty.