Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Why Do We Want Uninformed, Unmotivated People To Vote?

Anyone who has watched Leno's Jay Walking segments will know where this article is coming from. I believe that every citizen should have the right to vote, but I also believe it is their responsibility to be well informed prior to voting.

In Ridgway Colorado they're proposing mandatory voting:

Hennessy, a popular Ridgway brewer and pub owner, is proposing that the mostly dirt-street town at the edge of the San Juan Mountains become a national model by enacting a mandatory-voting statute. Residents who don't bother to vote, for no good reason, would be fined.

"We could do this. It would be a paradigm shift," Hennessy said. "We could be the great civics lesson in representative democracy."

Why do we want people who don't know who the Vice-President is to vote? How about felons? People who aren't sure which party is anti-abortion? People who vote based on which candidate is taller? Women who haven't looked at the news in 5 years? Men in insane asylums? Old people who still think Nixon is President? Young people who've played video games for 14 hours a day for the last year?

In all honesty, we'd be better off if less people voted. If the only people voting were well informed, highly motivated people who paid income taxes, I guarantee you we'd have a much better government and a much better country. So, if you don't follow the news and you don't really care much about the issues or who wins, the country would be better off if people like you didn't vote.

See entire article with South Park parody here.

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