The attention span of the American public!! SMH ….
© Josh Sager – October 2014
Put simply and crassly, the American peoples’ memory for political events is little better than the attention span of a ferret, on crystal meth, in a mirror store.
The average American is categorically incapable of remembering political events that happened more than a few months in the past, never mind accurately assigning blame and credit to the politicians involved. Unfortunately, this is extremely dangerous, as it makes it virtually impossible to achieve democratic accountability at the polls—crimes and triumphs from last year are forgotten rather than used to make decisions.
Americans tend to vote based upon a snapshot of their circumstances at the time of the election (ex. if they are discontent, they want to throw out whoever is in power) and a combination of identity politics (ex. religion and party identification) and assumptions about the candidates’ positions (ex. what they see in campaign…
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