Don’t Rock the Vote
“If you don’t vote, you’re wasting your voice and can’t complain about the outcome of elections.” It’s a common argument, but is it correct?
Not at all, as one factor is overlooked. Not everyone should be voting, because not everyone is educated on politics. Actually, the majority aren’t. It’s the product of working 40+ hours a week, pursuing interests outside of that, raising a family, etc… If you aren’t voraciously interested in politics, you won’t be able to keep up with its ever changing landscape.
And the media will not help your understanding of what is going on in any way. Nor will the election process. Living through a presidential election cycle or two illustrates perfectly the reality of politics. Politicians are not campaigning on issues, and the news media would never take a politician to task on them. It’s all a smear campaign, and the job of the politician is to spin the smears away. This while trying to appear as unblemished as humanly possible. Elections are roughly popularity contests. It’s only substance is in condensed blurbs of preplanned and prewritten stances on a few handpicked issues that cater best to the crowd they’re pandering to. Kind of a commercial.
What is the point of voting if I’m not willing to do the research and studying on my own? Blindly marking blue or red isn’t the answer. The more people who show up to voting polls without a clue of what is going on, the more randomness it injects into the results. It undermines the process. It’s supposed to be democratic system, not a lottery system.
Skipping the polls is a show of respect, even humility. Endorsing someone with a vote based on their personality is foolish, and I’m far too lazy to go through the voting records of old white men when I don’t even have a voting record myself. Gambling for money is bad, gambling on the future of the free world is silly.
Don’t rock the vote. Stay at home, grab some popcorn, and enjoy the spectacle for what it is. Entertainment for the masses.
And as far as losing your right to complain about politics, that also isn’t true. It’s our right as Americans. The right to vote, the right not to, and the right to say whatever the hell we want about it short of inciting violence. My vote would actually add chaos to a system relying on order, and would be a woeful representation of my voice as a citizen. That admission in no way provokes my right to moan, bitch, or complain.
Don’t rock the vote
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