Teaching about Andrew Jackson and his faith in the common people the other day, I noted another of my Snyderian truisms: “Public opinion polls are not the fount of all wisdom.” I mentioned to my class that it really would be nice if voters had some concept of how our government was set up in the Constitution and what limitations there are on the federal government’s authority before allowing them to vote.
Of course, it would be rather unwieldy to quiz each voter as he or she approaches the voting booth, but one can dream, right?
And then, shortly after commenting on this in the classroom, I came across a couple of comic strips that addressed that very problem. I thought you might like them today; they may provide a few minutes of profitable meditation:
And then there’s our citizens’ knowledge base about the rest of the world:
If you think my blog today betrays the weariness of a professor attempting to enlighten the current generation of college students, you are a person of great insight. I have to keep in mind the encouragement of this Scripture:
And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary.
Thank you, Lord, for the reminder.