Jay_Corvid (jay_corvid) wrote,

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Please don't vote!

Ok, this will be a quick one. My guidance to most people is to please not vote in any elections. I see the "Rock the Vote" ads and bumper stickers and the advocacy for "Get out there and vote" all the time and I have to tell you, this is a horrible idea. You see, this push to get people out to vote only serves to water down the voting pool by adding in those who are completely unaware of what is going on in the world. The simple fact is that most people don't watch the news, read the paper, talk about key issues (foreign policy, fiscal policy, trade, the environment, social reform, etc) or even know the names of the people currently in office.

It is my strong belief that our elected officials should be elected by people who are knowledgeable about the world and our country's role in it. Otherwise we are going to have the blind (and ignorant) leading us with their dubious voting methods (throwing darts at a list of candidates, going for the individual with the best name, randomly picking based on party affiliation, picking the person who looks most like the person you first slept with, or simply by voting for the candidate that some guy you were talking to in line down at the welfare office was going to vote for).

Further, I question the motives of the people behind this activism. It isn't like they are saying, "Get involved in what is going on in the world," or "Go read a newspaper." No, they are just saying go out and vote. They don't seem to care if you develop an informed opinion or if you are just trying to find an excuse to be late for work at the dirt factory every few years. The people who genuinely care about what is going on in the world/country already vote. Why should some uninformed yokel go out and vote simply because someone told them they should, thereby canceling out the vote of a truly informed and involved citizen?

Some people talk about making voting mandatory. What a horrendous idea. Right now we at least have the peace of mind in knowing that the stoner who only wakes up long enough to eat some twinkies will never be able to muster the motiviation or energy to stumble into the voting booth. Take that comfort away by making it mandatory, and I just don't know what I'll do - maybe spend each election day handing out donuts and shiny things to distract the morons. But, being even-handed and fair, and knowing that I always have the most appropriate solutions, I'll provide you with the conditions necessary to make mandatory voting workable. First, everyone has to pass a current events test just prior to voting. If they fail, they pay a $500 fine. After the second failure in a row, they spend 2 weeks breaking rocks out in the Arizona desert. On the third failure (of a lifetime, it does not need to be consecutive), they are deported to a non-democratic country of their chosing (and of course, at their cost). I guarantee that this would greatly improve not only the intelligence of our citizens (mostly by removing the brainless 3 elections from now) but also the sense of "ownership" for the 200-300 people that are left.

If you truly care about the direction of the country and have strong opinions and are behind a candidate (I don't even care if you are just voting against someone rather than voting for someone) then by all means go vote. But if you don't fall into this category, please don't subject the rest of the country (or the world for that matter) to the whims of your apathy.

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