I’m sure it baffles everyone why I get so indignant about people who don’t vote, are ambivalent about those who do, and even argue against it. (My emotions about this certainly caught Mike Rowe off-guard.)
This quote from an story on NPR about Ohio’s special Congressional race results is what chews my tin foil about people who don’t bother to vote:
President Trump campaigned for Balderson, a 56-year-old state senator, this past weekend in an effort to energize the GOP base, but some Republicans worried that the president’s appearance could have had an adverse effect by motivating voters who don’t like Trump to come out for O’Connor. Still, it appears as though the president was able to energize enough rural voters to turn out to blunt advantages that O’Connor had in the more urban and suburban areas of the district.
There is an entire industry of politicos whose high-paying job is to convince you not to vote. Our entire political field has been determined by only the kind of rabid wingnuts who bother to vote in primaries. Campaign managers know that it’s easier to scare normal people away from voting than to communicate what’s good about their otherwise unelectable candidates.
The only way to solve this problem–and get political science majors back to flipping burgers–is to be a voter. Being a voter means voting in primaries, special elections, mid-terms, local and state elections, and then presidential elections.
Anyone can vote when it’s the issue du jour; a voter, however, shapes the future of their government at all levels, fulfilling Lincoln’s description of what so many Union soldiers gave their lives for: a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.
But, soaring rhetoric aside, be a voter because untalented people punching way over their weight don’t want you to vote regularly. Then they might have to work for a living.