these are people of the land, the common clay of the new west. You know . . . morons.
Today is voting day, so I did my civic duty and voted.
As I was approaching the polling place, eyeing the signs, I wondered:
"Which is better to vote ignorantly or to not vote?"
Honestly, I knew very little about the races, though I was set on Governor: Rick Perry is a good Aggie. But today was the first time I can remember in a long while that I did not vote straight ticket along the party line.
We seem to hear proponets of "rocking the vote" encouraging folks to vote, regardless of who they vote for ... "Just vote!"
But which would be better?
- 20% of the population voting, those who are motivated and informed
- 80% of the population voting, 60% of which are ignorant and/or shallow in their voting
Perhaps my understanding of depravity jades my optimism with regard to humanity, but I think I have personal experience and biblical instruction on my side in this regard.
Surely, it's the ignorant masses that determine these elections and they don't know anything about the issues, but base their decisions on things like the following:
- He looks like a nice guy.
- I like the way he smokes a cigar and makes fun of people.
- She's cool and had some good ads mocking the evil doers.
- He seems less of a jerk than the rest.
Some lament we're having to choose "the lesser evil" when it comes to political parties, as though it's a problem with the two-party system. Perhaps part of the problem is the ignorance of the people of the land.
Surely the goal is the informed, educated voter, but can that be insured? Mandatory classes and/or prerequisite testing could be constructed to influence and/or discourage certain types of voters and would be opposed.
Sheesh, there are even some out there who think it unfair that someone should be a citizen to vote, so I know reform of any type would be unlikely.
What can be done? Do you vote? Did you vote? Where's the line, assuming you have one, whereby you won't vote on an issue if not informed enough?