We consider major precepts of today's Standard Model of the Universe, comparing them to the precepts of the alternate "Electric Universe" Model. Written from a non-professional vantage point, this paper highlights aspects of the electric model that can be readily comprehended by the lay reader. It is no longer reasonable to treat the vacuum of space as either ?empty? or electrically neutral. Evidence at every scale of observation indicates that electric currents flow across interstellar and intergalactic space to produce elaborate structure and powerful electromagnetic events. The possibility that even stars are powered by electric currents can no longer be ignored.