That's just presidential elections, other election turnouts are even worse.
Does there seem to be something wrong here? This may be a hint as to how on earth a democracy could have a large chunk of the population that does not feel the government is on their side. Oh irony, the premise of this whole thing is that We, the People are our own governors. That's right... the PEOPLE. It's amazing how foreign that concept really seems to a large number of us. Well it is foreign now. That seems to me to be one of the side effects of 80 years worth of 50% voter turnouts. Woops!
Some may say that your vote doesn't even matter anymore, considering that what's really important is who is counting it. Again, Woops! An informed and aware populace is impossible to dupe in this great democracy. If we demand, we can give ourselves what we want. WE, WE, WE. It's all on us. Political parties are irrelevant, a dupe. There are more than two sides to 'We, the People'. What really matters is that we all participate to at least some extent, all voices should be heard in a democracy. 50-60% is hardly even a majority. When you also consider that a good number of the registered voters aren't exactly thoroughly informed it's difficult to see how this thing is supposed to work. Especially in the interests of the people.
I mean really. From an early age we are instilled with the american values of self-governance, freedom, and liberty. Most of us proclaim a passion for these ideals... 50% of us vote. Almost none of us remember that we ARE the government, even when we are taught it our whole lives. When our government breaks loose and dictates its own policy like it has so many times, it is only because we let go of the reigns, and abdicated our duty. Our duty, not just our rights. *wags the almighty, self-righteous finger* If the founding fathers were here today...