Last month, a Tribune reader (“Nothing is scarier than an uneducated voter,” April 15) commented about my letter to the editor suggesting ways of getting back to a true representative democracy (“Call to action for ‘We the People,’ ” April 10).
The reader expressed concern about ignorant voters exercising the right to vote.
I agree with her concern and am fully aware of the risks created by democracy.
I think that the following factors (perhaps more) contribute to the failure of the democratic process:
1. Blind ideology: I stated previously that this is a terminal condition with no cure.
2. Ignorance: This could be cured by teaching, as early as possible, about the imperative of voting.
3. Lack of participation: Whether caused by apathy or not, this could be cured by impressing upon the voter the importance of going to the polls, no matter what.
4. Deception: This could be minimized if potential voters took all political ads with a grain of salt and checked out the organizations sponsoring the ads to see who is funding them.
5. Money in politics: No comment needed here.
Fabrizio Griguoli, Shell Beach