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South Carolina politics has found its share of media scrutiny lately. From Governor Mark Sanford having an affair with a South American reporter to Congressman Joe Wilson yelling “you lie” to President Barack Obama during a presidential address to Congress, South Carolina politics has been anything but immune to controversy.
Nevertheless, the latest controversy centering on Alvin Greene, the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate underscores a tremendous issue within the whole body of politics that must be addressed: the custom of Americans voting for candidates or problems without preparing themselves on the results of their votes.
Greene, an unemployed veteran faces a felony obscenity charge for supposedly revealing a University of South Carolina pupil a pornographic image and after indicating they go to her dorm room in November. However, he managed to win the Democratic primary for senator conquering judge, a state politician and Vic Rawl, winning 60 percent of the vote on June 8.
More fascinating than Greene’s triumph was the very fact that he didn’t campaign and didn’t spend any cash, except for the $ 10,400 campaign filing fee, which he refuses to describe how he got the cash.
Since his success, many within the Democratic hierarchy of South Carolina politics have accused the Republican Party of planting Greene on the vote and accused the state of voter fraud. These claims never have been substantiated but many consider that his pending criminal investigation is grounds for his removal.
“If the claims are accurate, Iwant to see another Democrat replace him unquestionably,” said Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee chairman Robert Menendez. However, the South Carolina Democratic executive committee voted to keep Greene on the vote.
Regardless of the results of the on-going soap opera better known as South Carolina politics, the problem of dearth of voter knowledge and instruction is epidemic in our society and needs to be dealt with on a national level.
Since the Voting Rights Act of 1965, many in the Black community have considered that just voting, regardless of how one votes, is better than not exercising the right that a lot of our forefathers gave their life for. Yet many times Americans from all possible walks of life vote out of a sense of responsibility as well as custom, not taking the place as serious as they need to.
Many participants in South Carolina politics have declared they understood very little of Greene and Rawl and only voted for Greene because his name appeared first in the alphabetized listing of nominees. South Carolina, nevertheless, is merely a microcosm of American politics, which is often described as apathetic.
I also have fallen victim to this kind of voter apathy, voting for proposals without understanding the precise significance of these changes. When I was in school and running for a senatorial place together with the Student Government Association, an associate of that organization told me that I ‘d almost no prospect of losing because my name was fifth amongst six nominees and voters generally voted for the very first five nominees that appeared on the ballot. While the sixth nominee discovered themselves on the exterior looking in the very first five of us won.
As a society, we whine when we’re unsatisfied with politicians or local laws but we don’t take the responsibility of voting serious enough to make well-informed choices at the ballot box. The Alvin Greene predicament isn’t germane to only South Carolina politics, it’s indicative of the outbreak of political apathy that has gripped our country for too long and should be dealt with before the reality of South Carolina politics becomes the reality of American politics as a whole.Learn More