The Results are in Alex v. Amalie: the Showdown.
While the Insurgent does not endorse, indeed we reject elections as a farce altogether. The notion of community is good. So Anyway the 5000+ voter turnout (more than in the last two decades) in the ASUO election seems to indicate a greater participation and possibly a greater sense of awareness of politics. I am then force to ask:
Is this, my generation, getting a political conscience? In other words, are we getting a clue? Further, is this a good thing?
Well the the last question should hit at my answer to the first two. Yes, voter turnout is usually indicative of two things, civic participation and a political conscience. Voter turnout incidentally is also used as a measure of the success of a Democracy, if nobody votes, who then does the victor really represent? So in any civic class, the teacher would preach the necessity to vote and give one's all.
Are we getting a clue? Maybe? At first glance it would seem that increased turnout would mean that people are getting politics. This turnout, among 21000 students however, is less than one quarter, however it's a college institution, so a lower turnout may be expected. Also the election is usually treated with some degree of a popularity contest, with greek life (Frats and Sororities) usually taking a large number of senate seats. The Unions get a few seats of chance and the executive is up for grabs. The Exec changes annually, going from the moderate popular folks and the vocal and active 'Libertarian' students: empowered by the rightist publication on campus.
Is all this higher turnout a good thing however, maybe. The higher turnout delays the day when the University Administration will shut down the student government and further kill the student power. They created a body of oversight so complicated, that to do anything takes days for something simple and months for a medium sized event to occur. The administration has been grinding away the student services and breaking lines of communication. They will have a great revelry when they have a completely disorganized student body. But if they can channel dissent through a maze of bureaucracy to cause ineffectiveness, they would be just as happy.
If the University keeps a student government, it will be a horse and pony show so wrapped up in itself that nobody pays attention to the administration. So student power doesn't really exist and since the administration runs the online voting we don't actually have any control or power anyway. "It is not the people who vote that count; it's the people who count the votes."- Stalin
So is it all worth it? Maybe, it keeps our publication running. But becomes a tool of distraction so the administration can go un-monitored. The administration will use this tool as one to keep students unaware of the extortion in athletics, the high administrator salaries, low faculty wages.
In summary, mixed reviews.
more later. Go ducks, be free, stop animal torture