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Dec
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“Representative” Democracy?

In my stellar American Government class, I remember learning that the U.S. is technically a “representative democracy” meaning we don’t vote on every decision or issue, rather we elect officials to do that stuff for us (that way we can, you know, continue producing and consuming. or at least consuming). The ever ubiquitous balance to this check was that elected officials would have to be accountable (to an extent) to their constituents.

Why, then, won’t Congress listen? A record number of states have rejected abstinence-only education funds. Rejected. This brings the number up to 14 states who have rejected funds, or at least made themselves ineligible by saying they would use the funds for comprehensive sex education. In true spin fashion, the DHHS responded by saying that it is concerning because these are valuable programs and it’s really the youth who will lose out. I’m sorry Mr. Bureaucrat, what’s so wrong with comprehensive sex-ed? We’ve seen how well abstinence-only is working…

Ever the logical respondent, Congress is considering increasing abstinence-only funds to over $204 million. Eschewing scientific data is one thing, now let’s just completely ignore the needs of our constituents, most notably those who aren’t even of voting age and most in need of protection and education.

How truly apropos that my Dad included this comic in my latest care package…

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