I'm 41 years old. I don't remember learning about how our government works but I can't say it didn't get taught. I was more interested in girls, or beer, or watching grass grow than government or how it works. At 16 or so the politicians were nothing more than old guys that were doing there best to move the drinking age to 21 for all of our safety of course.
As for an educated electorate, yeah, right
Spent some time surfing YouTube the other night and fell into some Howard Stern interviews with folks from Harlem IIRC. The subject was the election. When someone would say they would vote for Obama the next question was, "What do you think about his running mate, Sarah Palin?"
All interviewees were pretty happy with his choice. The interviews were not limited to Obama supporters and were rephrased with the question "What do you think about his McCain's VP choice, Joe Biden?" when a McCain supporter arrived. Again, "That's a great choice!" was usually the answer. People aren't educated beyond sound bites.
I know some will dismiss Howard Stern but you can't dispute the answers from people.
It wasn't until I joined here that I started paying more attention to our political process or politics at all. I want to thank all of you for that whether your in the correct camp or Stocking's/Devil's side.
I'll be honest and say that I couldn't name my fearless leaders either not long ago.
I can say that there is no way anyone can follow all of these ideas that politicians have. Just look at some of the bills Senators support, most are special interest bills. No wonder we're in the shape we are, no one can pay that much attention.
Seriously though I do appreciate all of your views.