Pew research conducted in the Fall of 2015 showed that trust in Washington was at an all-time low of 19%.
In case you missed it, the United States of America just held a presidential election. One of the biggest stories from that election is that around 40% – over 90 million voters – of the voting eligible population did miss it. They did not cast a ballot.
What does that say about the state of our American democracy? Is it doomed or in grave danger, as some commentators such as author Neil Gabler and former CIA officer Evan McMullin who was a conservative independent presidential candidate in 2016 have written based upon the outcomes of this presidential election.
In a phrase, many American citizens have been and are currently sideline-sitters. For whatever reason, they don’t even come onto the political playing field. This failure to participate and to exercise ones fundamental right and responsibility in a free country is harmful to the nation and the future of American democracy.
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