November 22, 2012
If we never question what our representatives or candidates are saying then we are guilty of thought-delegation. Questioning does not necessarily mean disagreeing; it simply means we are involved enough, curious enough to want to understand an issue better.
We are all busy. It does take some time to read a little more, to look at an issue a bit more closely, but if we are serious about healing our political system, we must find some of that time. We do not have to become experts on each issue, just knowing a little bit more can motivate us to do a better job of thinking for ourselves and holding our representatives accountable.
A fairly good way to counter our proclivity toward thought-delegation is to be able to identify a part (or parts) of a particular issue that we do not completely understand. To want more information before forming an opinion or even to disagree with representatives and candidates whom we support does not mean we are withdrawing our support. Instead it means we are becoming more involved, more active in that support.
To be an independent thinker, we must always reserve the right to change our minds and to not think a particular way just because someone tells us we should.
Remember: our elected officials are supposed to represent us, not the other way around.