'The problem is you'

The media and politicians do have much to answer for. Their self-serving world of half truths, beat-ups, misrepresentation, slogans and fudge is a poor substitute for reality.

But much of the blame lies elsewhere. The real problem is not the media, not the politicians; it is you - you the voter. The level of knowledge that lies behind the average vote is distressingly slight..

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This is from an article written in Australia, but it could just as easily be written in the USA and NC. read the article here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-05-10/dumbing-down-politics-the-problem-is-you/2714542