Wednesday, April 13, 2011

QOTD #19 - On voters

It's election time here in Canada as we get set to go to the polls on May 2nd. The federal party leaders - most of them, anyway - duked it out last night in the English-language debate. They're going at it again in French tonight, which is notable given that it was originally scheduled for tomorrow night. But after some hockey-loving citizens noticed it conflicted with, gasp, a Montreal Canadiens playoff game, the event was quickly bumped up a night.

Hockey over politics. Makes sense to me. It made this quote seem a little more...real:
"The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter."
Your turn: So did Sir Winston get it right? Are voters really too dumb for their own good?


ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

It doesn't help to have politicians and a news media determined to keep the voters as dumb as possible.

David Edward said...

voters are dumb if the believe more than 5% of what politicians say

Ankita Sarkar said...

West Bengal (India) is going through State Assembly polls soon. Loads of shouting and name-calling is on. Makes me sick.
Voters are dumb, politicians are dumber.

Kalei's Best Friend said...

Yes, he was right.. Voters don't do research, they take what they hear and read at face value... How else do the elected ones turn out to be less than expected? No accountability and its the voters fault.

Anonymous said...

The only dumb voter is the one who doesn't participate in the process and then complains about the election results.

Sir Winston does have a point, though. That man had a way with snark that has yet to be matched.