Get out the vote?
Plenty of media attention is given to trying
to increase voter turnout. To rope in more people at
the polls, especially the younger crowd. It seems
that there is a lot of thought put into how to get
more people to vote, without much thought being put
into whether those people should be voting.
I am not suggesting that voting should be restricted to
some arbitrarily qualified citizens, but that maybe the
people who aren’t voting aren’t participating because
they don’t have the desire to get educated on the
matters at hand. And do we really want those people
making the decisions? If people have little desire to
educate themselves about the candidates, it seems they
would have even less desire to contemplate a logical
position to take for themselves on what would be for
the good of the country, based outside of purely self
There have even been proposals to pay people to vote.
I don’t want my future being determined by someone
who was coerced into making a choice through bribery.
The only people that strategy would draw in, are people
who are probably less qualified than anyone to help guide
our country. Candidates already use selfish human traits
to snag voters. Few people want to ponder deep economic
theory or contemplate morality outside of what is handed
to them by their chosen religion; but everyone wants
a check made out to them.
If candidates were presented like "cliff notes"
(even more so than they already are) to people
who are only marginally interested, in an effort to
get them to make a choice; the candidates getting
the majority of the votes would be exclusively those
who appealed to the general population's selfish
interest and their own personal beliefs. The candidates
who were actually qualified to explore and construct a
plan to further our country through economics,
to discern and prioritize threats or to protect everyone
rights and beliefs as much as possible, would probably
Maybe we shouldn’t be so gung ho to get
everyone to vote, and let the course of our country be
determined by those who care enough to try and
understand the dynamics.