I’ve griped on here before about education and the general public’s lack thereof. Nobody wants to take the time to educate themselves. People are content with having the news summed up for them in a soundbite or less than 140 characters. If the talking heads tell us that’s how it is, then by God, that’s how it is, and no amount of arguing or fact checking will convince us otherwise.
Jimmy Kimmel, the late night talk show host, apparently thinks the same thing, and he sent his cameras out on the street to do some interviews with people.
Now, I will freely admit that I’m 100% sure they cherry-picked these people to edit down for their segment. I’m sure there were plenty of people who knew what they were talking about and just weren’t shown, simply for the fact that their answers weren’t funny. Kimmel is a comedian, after all.
Here’s the video:
Now imagine that out of every 10 people that walked by, only one of them was this uninformed. One in 10 – not bad, right? Until you think that there are over 200 million people in the US who are eligible to vote. If we go by our one in 10 guess, that means that over 20,000,000 – twenty-million – people are uninformed (or worse yet, misinformed) about the ACA. (Feel free to check my math on that – I could be wrong. I haven’t had to math like that in a long time.)
How can we let that stand? How can we, as US citizens, let our friends, our families, our neighbors go on living like that? It’s not like this is some random question about an obscure fact. This was a question about something that’s so important that our government actually shut down because they can’t agree on it.
So folks, I’m begging you: Educate yourself. Educate your sons, your daughters, your parents, your neighbors, your workmates. If you hear someone throwing around the term “Obamacare”, quiz them a little bit and see how much they know about it. Don’t do it to make them mad or to belittle them – do it to help them understand and make informed choices.
Because an informed citizenry is the only true repository of the public will.