Yesterday I assumed that most people would be able to comprehend my point that people should be educated on issues before they vote. Apparently I was wrong; guess it’s time to clear things up.

I rarely make blanket statements, but encouraging people to vote and not encouraging them to try to understand what they’re voting on makes you an asshole.

If you’re a radio DJ or a musical artist or an actress and you tell listeners or fans to vote just for the sake of voting, and you throw in a few comments about your political agenda, you are evil.

If you fight me on encouraging the masses to educate themselves before they vote (or to abstain if they aren’t comfortable with the amount of knowledge they do or do not have), it seems like you are encouraging blind, uneducated voting for your own agenda.

Voting isn’t a bicep. It doesn’t get stronger as a practice because you exercise it. Your political influence gets stronger when you educate yourself on the issues you’re voting on. When you can explain your points. Why are so many in our society focused on encouraging voting itself, and so quick to discourage anyone who talks about education?

Imagine you only went to class in college or high school, and never did the reading or studied or wrote a single paper. Would you deserve an A? Would you get better at school or learning if you simply showed up and didn’t do any of the things you were supposed to do? No. It’s ridiculous to suggest otherwise.

If people want to point fingers at the GOP, let’s not forget to point our fingers at the other party. The party that leads campaigns about rocking the votes and oh yeah — here’s our agenda. Vote for it. 

We wonder why we’re so uninformed, but that answer is obvious. We are taught to push the agendas of those who are in any position of power, and we are not taught to be critical thinkers. We are taught to be sheep. Next time you hear about a political issue that interests you, think about the consequences of actions. Think about the possible agendas people might have before you take into account their opinions. Educate yourself. Then, when you know what is going on, head on over to the voting booth.

6 thoughts on “VOTE OR DIE

  1. athenarcarson9

    Completely agree. Think about the issues, think about what YOUR values are, try to find some intelligent, balanced commentary from MORE THAN ONE PERSPECTIVE, try to get a handle on what some of the unintended consequences might be, and then vote. Don’t forget to look beyond what any particular person says – if they’ve been in office or in the public eye before, they probably have a record you can look up. Look beyond quotes or soundbites taken out of context, and for the love of all that is holy don’t pay any attention to political ads – they are all bullshit.

    It’s a civic duty to vote intelligently; if you are bound and determined to vote out of ignorance, don’t bother.

  2. goochisdrunk

    This is a great post a I think starts to explore the heart of the matter, to examine the current biggest issue with politics in this country. So many voters regardless of how informed they are on issues, don’t have suitable options to vote for. What is the motivation for the average critical-thinking person to vote if neither candidate (and lets be honest there are only ever 2 viable options, in any given race) will represent my beliefs by a long shot? Slim in my experience.

    1. mandawritesthings Post author

      HEY! Gooch! You know I’ll never give up the hope that us Libertarians will take over the world.
      I compromise on some things when I vote, though I vote straight Libertarian or I abstain (see: write in Hello Kitty) if there isn’t a solution or candidate that fits me, but I think our candidates are more in line with our beliefs as a whole. The problem is, if everyone thinks the way you do…we’ll always be a two party system. Ten years ago people knew marijuana would never be legal, that Libertarians would never be a factor…look at what has changed.

  3. bluntbelief

    Agreed, and brava! Also, I sadly must tell you that as a former high school teacher, I did get that “hey-I’m-here-give-me-an-A” attitude from students (and parents!) a lot. SMH.


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