I’ve refrained from saying anything during this tumultuous election cycle. Glad I did, because it’s changed so much, and the surprises have been never-ending, so anything I would have said probably would have been wrong or too late. Anyhow, it’s a toss up between Bozo the Clown and Cruella DeVilee. Having said that, I wrote the following on facebook this morning.
Random thoughts on the whole election process. First of all, just because you have a right to do something, that doesn’t mean you should exercise that right. Not everyone should own a gun. Likewise, not everyone should vote.
What? It’s your civic duty. No, it isn’t. If exercising your right to vote is a civic duty, then so is carrying a gun. It’s a right and a privilege, not a duty. There is no obligation for you to exercise any of your constitutional rights. No one can compel you to speak, own property, or worship against your will. They can criticize you, but they cannot force you.
Second, you should demonstrate that you are qualified to vote before you are allowed to vote. We do the same with driver’s licenses, why not voting? Simple reading, civics, and economics tests can weed out those who have no clue as to how the real world works, and prevents them from driving us into a ditch. Is there any doubt that the ignorance of the average voter has been a net loss for our Republic?
How is that practical? Won’t that discourage people from voting, and clog up the works on election day? Yes, and yes, and those are both good things. Many people should be discouraged from voting, especially those for whom it’s a superficial act borne largely from partisan loyalty than from thoughtful analysis.
As far as clogging up the works, we don’t complain about waiting over an hour for a table at our favorite restaurant or an hour and a half for a roller coaster ride at Disney World that lasts two and a half minutes. Is a lengthy wait at the voting booth less important? Less voters attempting to vote may counter the delays, and pre-testing wouldn’t add any time on voting day. In fact, the overall effect very well could be shorter waiting times.
But less voters means that a handful of people are making decision that affect all of us. Well, for those who lean left, that’s what you want, isn’t it? For those who lean right, don’t you want better informed people making decisions for others?
Is there any better song to express the state of politics today?