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November 3, 2008

Go ahead & insult me: Tell me to vote.

Do you go around telling your friend to take a leak or they might wet their pants?  Do you go around telling people to remember to breathe in case they might accidentally suffocate?

You don’t?  Well then please don’t tell me to vote.

Just because you auctioned off your grey matter doesn’t give them the right to sequester your vote.

As for me, and those of us who don’t have to be told to vote … we’ll make an educated decision.

I know it’s well intended, and honestly, I’ve been told to vote by some of the most wonderful, intelligent, and savvy people I know. In fact I know of no stupid people who are reminding me to vote. I also know I should take their encouragement as a compliment … obviously they think I’m going to make a wise choice or they would not want me to vote.

But I just can’t help but think that if you need to be told to vote then you don’t have a clue enough to make a wise decision who should run your government.  It’s just simple math.  Person needs convincing = can’t think for themselves = bad votes = bad results.

We might as well choose our officials with a random number generator.  That’s not democracy.  In fact, letting the most impressionable intellectual-push-overs determine election outcomes results in a huge bias toward the opinions of popular media.

So here’s my advice: stay home if you sup entirely from the boob tube and decided to vote because an actor or actress will insult you if you don’t.  If that’s the kool-aid that you drink then chances are I know who you’re voting for, and believe me … you don’t want to throw your vote away on someone of whom you really know very little.  If you’re letting someone do the thinking for you stay home.  Just because you auctioned off your grey matter doesn’t give them the right to sequester your vote.  Give them what they deserve: nothing.  Stay home.

As for me, and those of us who don’t have to be told to vote … we’ll make an educated decision.

Or, you can stop drinking the Koolaid and make an intelligent choice, but if you have to be told to vote I’m guessing there’s not enough time for you to do that.  It’s not too late though.  Start here: http://www.google.com/search?q=msm+kool+aid

6 Comments »

  1. Amen!

    Comment by salt h2o — November 3, 2008 @ 2:58 pm

  2. Ha! Your little sister KK just told you to vote. SO THERE! ;-) It’s okay, she’s sort of bossy. But this post is really funny, and I think maybe KK should add an addendum to her post and link to yours. Something like, “So vote! That is if you’ve been planning on doing it already. If not, don’t vote! No, really, please don’t even bother.” with a link to your post.

    Love you!

    Comment by Emily — November 3, 2008 @ 3:31 pm

  3. make sure you vote tomorrow!

    Comment by Robin — November 3, 2008 @ 7:52 pm

  4. Arghhh!!!

    Dag Nabbit, Robin!

    Comment by lullabyman — November 3, 2008 @ 8:06 pm

  5. I got so distracted by the day’s events that actually forgot to vote one year so now I always do it absentee. I get my ballot earlier and can study it and all about those bonds, propositions & measures I didn’t know were going to be on there until the last minute, not to mention the judges (now there’s an issue).

    This having been said, perhaps it’s not a bad idea to remind people. I’d have appreciated it if someone, ANYone would have asked me on that particular election day if I’d voted yet.

    So, in case you have a normal crazy day like I did a few years ago & are apt to forget until after the polls close, I’ll send you a reminder email tomorrow, unless I forget. Just in case I do(forget), “Be sure to vote, David!”
    Yo momma

    Comment by Linda — November 4, 2008 @ 4:09 am

  6. I might add, as my Mom pointed out … there’s a huge difference between being reminded to vote and being told to vote. Reminders are welcome and I in fact support that, but this effort to get people to vote who had no intention to do so because they are clueless, lazy, and couldn’t care less … is democracy at it’s worst.

    Comment by dave — February 24, 2009 @ 4:14 pm


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