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Get Out the Dopes

Robb Allen finds out that Motor Voter can be used by illegal or non-citizen immigrants to register to vote, because immigration records are seldom checked. 8 of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 were registered to vote.

One thing that separates me from most progressives is that I do not worship at the altar of Democracy. I don’t find low participation rates in elections as a sign our Republic is about to crumble, nor do I believe in encouraging people to vote.

I do believe in encouraging people to pay attention and get educated about what’s going on our country, but I’d prefer people who can’t even be bothered enough to get a voter registration, fill it out, and send it in, not be voting in our elections at all. If you don’t care enough to spend the time to register to vote, you don’t care enough to educate yourself on the issues, get involved, or do much else other than ignorantly pulling a lever. Somehow progressives tend to believe that more participation is a good thing. I do not agree. I think we’re a much healthier public with a smaller pool of informed voters than we are if we just encourage everyone to ignorantly pull a lever for one fool or another.

4 Responses to “Get Out the Dopes”

  1. Robb Allen says:

    Personally, I think you should vote on major issues and the candidate that most closely matches your views gets the vote.

    Of course the problem then would be poorly worded questions such as “Do you favor stringent gun control as a measure to keep firearms out of the hands of serial child rapists?” and “Have you stopped beating your wife?”

  2. kaveman says:

    I try to stay well informed but sometimes I cheat a little bit.

    Here’s how it works.

    I just read the title. If the title sounds like something good, I vote against it. If the title sounds bad, I vote in favor of it.

    Examples…

    “Clean Air Bill” . Clean air sounds good to me, so i vote against it.

    “Healthy Forests Act”. I like healthy forests, so I vote against it.

    “Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2007”. Well gee, that sounds good, so I vote against it.

    works fairly well…

  3. thirdpower says:

    So that would mean voters aren’t law-abiding citizens?

  4. alex. says:

    I encourage all the stupid people I work with not to vote. That way my vote carries more weight.

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