Thankfully, for most people anyway, we are just two weeks away from the Presidential election.

Thankfully, for most people anyway, we are just two weeks away from the Presidential election.

For the people in this part of the world, at least we have been spared the onslaught of political ads from the two Presidential candidates.

We haven't, however, been immune to all of the regional candidates who have taken to the airwaves. If everything these ads said were true, all of the candidates would certainly be behind bars.

And therein lies the problem.

Too many people are simply taken in by what the political ads proclaim and they don't do any independent thinking — or research — on their own.

If candidate A says this about candidate B, "it must be true," seems to be the reasoning of far too many people in this day and age.

One thing everyone seems to have in common is this: The election is one of the most important in history.

That may be some exaggeration on the part of the both sides.

It's very likely there have been a few elections which have had just a little more ramifications.

How about the election of 1860, which was basically a referendum on slavery? This was pretty significant in the history of this nation.

Or how about 1932 when the result turned out to be the formation of the "New Deal," which changed the face of this nation.

Some might even argue the 2000 election was major because of the "hanging chads" in Florida and the fact the outcome was ultimately decided by the Supreme Court. That single election led to widespread reforms in voting process and machines.

The point here is that every four years, many people say this is the biggest election in history. As it turns out, few really meet the billing.

But a larger point here is that people need to make decisions for themselves. In this modern era, campaign machines churn out talking points faster than Jeff Gordon at Daytona.

As soon as a candidate makes a statement, someone from the other side is issuing a press release and heading for some cable television studio.

Too many in the public then eat up this information and begin spreading it as gospel.

That is not how the process is supposed to work.

The way it should work, and how it likely worked much better until about 10 years ago, is that people would independently research positions and vote based on that research.

It's ironic that with more information than ever now available, it seems more voters are less informed on the facts. More are informed on force-fed propaganda from the political parties than actual research and thinking.

It is also ironic that so many people call this the "most important" election of all time yet they continue to rely on that propaganda when making decisions.

Those are decisions not based on knowledge, they are based on spin and, in many cases, pure falsehoods.

It's a sad comment on the modern voter, but the truth is the truth and too many people just don't seem to care enough to seek out the facts.

Our Founding Fathers are likely rolling over in their graves because this is certainly not what they had in mind.