Complacency in a Dynamic World Will Lead to Ruin
November 21, 2020 12:47pm CST
There is a reason the US is set up to have elections so often. It is because it was never meant to be a job that one does for life. It was meant to be a short-term job that showed one was dedicated to their country and willing to serve it for a little while. I understand the difficulties of having a high turnover rate. But, I also know that most in the US just re-elect the same people over and over because it is taking the easy route. And, that is why we are where we are today. There is no room for complacency and static-thinking in a dynamic world.
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• Austin, Texas
I don't quite agree with what you said but I do get where you're coming from. Nevertheless I looked up the word "complacent" and the definition is "showing smug or uncritical satisfaction with oneself or one's achievements". Yeah. That's a bad attitude and it has no place in this world. I looked further and found these statements regarding what it means to be complacent: :pleased, especially with oneself or one's merits, advantages, situation, etc., often without awareness of some potential danger or defect; self-satisfied: The voters are too complacent to change the government." For this election in 2020, I don't think one can say the voters were complacent. Just my opinion.
The second definition is Merriam's and much more accurate. This year only had a small increase from overall previous years. Last I checked it was like +10% more eligible voters. But, I wasn't really talking about voters. This was more directed at leadership. I can see where it could be interpreted that way, though. :)
Every 4 years is not a lot of elections, here in Israel we have elections almost every two years because we are a parlementary system, and if there is a vote of no-confidence in the goverment, it falls. Then we have new elections. We might need a new one soon now anyway.
You're thinking just the Presidential election. That is every four years. "The President of the United States is elected to a four-year term. Each of the 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives are elected to two-year terms. The 100 members in the United States Senate are elected to six-year terms, with one-third of them being renewed every two years." Then, we also have gubernatorial elections every four years, and other state and local elections.