Tuesday, November 02, 2004
A long discussion on the definition and meaning of freedom introduced and followed enthusiastically by a new member, Waleed, =) has been putting most of the active members to think and make a contribution about any of the aspects that a question about "freedom" can evoke. One of these subjects brought up to the table was the limits on freedom of speech which led us to freedom to voting, the right all citizens have.
Since this is a subject of deep implications and right now because of US presidential elections is a global theme for commenting and discussing I thought of bring it here, to the blogosphere and make the discussion a public one.
I will start quoting my last comment there:
"Since we are all citizens of our countries.
Since countries are built upon their citizens,
Since citizens have a lot of rights and obligations but had never been trained, neither tested on how to manage those tools consciously and thinking about the greater good for the community...
Since the administration of a country does not rely on the politicians charisma to convince the masses but on their skill and ability as technicians (as lawyers, engineers, staticians, mathematicians, social scientists, etc...)
Since the country´s development, future, representation in front of the other countries, defense, improvement, etc, depends on these administration people for at least 4 years...
Isn´t it crazy that someone who does not read and write can tell who could be appropriate to drive the course of its community? (analphabetism is just the first example that came to my mind)
Isn´t it crazy that the same system that with equanimity with all its citizen the right to vote at the same time it gives them the right not to vote!? I mean or we all vote or we all don´t vote, but what is the half way?
Since we are citizens, again, and haven´t been trained on how to chose good leaders and administrator... and anyway we all vote as we "knew", based on bias, based on feelings, based on tarot, based on faces, TV, etc...
Shouldn´t be a good idea that each voter before making it´s vote should have to pass a 5 minutes test? With little but important questions such us, for example. A test like this, short and concise:
"Dear citizen, before making your vote we need to know if you match a minimum criteria of knowledge and consciousness about this important act of yours which consequences will impact our whole community life for the next period of years. Please answer the following questions:
1- What is our current president and vice names and which political side they represent.
2- Which is the name of the chief of the parliament, what is his political view and what is the importance of its position in the political system.
3- Name and definition of our political system.
4- Whose political wing / party has more chairs in the parliament at this moment.
5- The two candidates with more changes to win the election are?
6- Which is the professional background of these two candidates (ie. lawyer, doctor, engineer, etc)
7- What are you basing your vote on:
* candidate´s past performance in other charges
* candidate´s way of winning TV debates
* political party
8- Which has been the tendency of our economy in the past years:
9- which are our country´s priorities in terms of Internal and External policies and affairs?
10- Are your conscious that your vote will influence of our country´s destiny and your life for the next years?
And depending on preformatted answers it can be validated and rejected in less than a minute."
I would really like to hear your opinions here on this matter. Adieu.
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