College of Political Knowledge
Subject: Political Theory/Government
As always one post leads to another…..I had one a few months back about the political obligation (go to search, if you are interested) of the individual to his/her society….after re-reading it I realized that there was another part of that issue and that is political socialization….I know…..I know…HUH?
Well my question was intended to create a dialog as to whether we, as Americans, have an obligation to participate in the political system (check it out)………if you think we do have an obligation, then where do we learn of this obligation?
Well, we learn it in Civics class or American government 101 or……….and that process of learning is known as “political socialization”…..
Political socialization is basically, the process by which political culture is transmitted from generation to generation.
Back in the day….the beginning of the country our political socialization was the domain of the family…the children would learn the where fores and whys around the dinner table and by listening to the conversations of the men folk….as the children grew he was to continue the process as did his father or brothers or uncles or……
Then as more and more children were being educated the schools became the second line of learning the process of political socialization…the indoctrination was through the study of civics and American history…
Now the more recent development….since most families have both parents working hard and spending less time with the children, their primary political education comes more from caregivers and the media…TV and the internet……and then the political socialization continues through out ones life….but today the teachers of this socialization are from religious leaders or interests groups or TV or …well you understand the concept…..all this leads to the participation in the political process and how one votes…….
Now the problem as I see it is that many people have NO ideology, with the exception of some emotional thing that has NO real bearing on governance…..so they become an independent, if you will, meaning that they will pick and choose among the lists of issues from one party or the other…..and mostly about what is best for them not what is best for the country……at times, there is a difference……and that they make their decisions based on what some talking head tells them is the issue of the campaign…I do not mind a staunch supporter of one party over another….just that they seldom hold to the principles that they say are important….but rather vote for some caricature that some entertainer paints for them….seldom checking for the accuracy of the idea……
For instance this past election, the 2010 election, people voted for lower taxes, to create economic growth and that they think that the TARP was a failure…….the sad part is……The facts: The Obama administration cut taxes for middle-class Americans, has overseen an economy that has grown for the past four quarters and expects to make a profit on the hundreds of billions of dollars spent to rescue Wall Street banks.
The American voter is sadly uninformed and politicians and the media are to blame…..but the final judgment is on the voter to check for the truthfulness of facts given to them by their leaders….something that they unwilling or incapable of doing……and the political system dies…..