Do your civic duty when it comes to voting.
And this is not a PSA reminding you get out and vote*, this is a reminder that sometimes your civic duty when it comes to an election is not voting.
Right, let me explain.
If you are one of those idiots that doesn’t actually pay any attention to politics, doesn’t understand economics, has no idea what is going on in the Middle East, couldn’t care less about America’s foreign affairs with its allies, and just generally doesn’t care about the political stage that runs this country…
Your vote, whether it’s a straight Republican or Democratic ticket without doing any research you are not doing the political system any favors. Just stay home, watch some re-runs, order a pizza, drink some beer and let the people who have actually been paying critical attention to the political debate for the two years (or more) leading up the Presidential election vote.
I know, I know, this is a democracy** and I can’t stop you from voting. Feel free to do so, it’s your choice, but remember that you really don’t know a lot about who and what you are voting for. You are just checking a box because it’s the box you’ve always checked before, Republican or Democrat. You are not a credit to democracy, because the beauty of democracy is the ability to critically think and debate and challenge ideas and find new and better candidates and ways of doing things.
So unless you are willing to to put in the effort to really learn about the candidates, really dig deep and learn about them from all angles (not just the angles that the main news networks will throw at you in a half hour news program) and choose the right one, just do America a favor, do your civic duty, and stay home.
*It would be a little early for that anyway…actually it’s a little early for this as well, but a question on an online quiz about voting being a civic duty sparked this particular rant and it needed to be said.
**Actually, it’s a Republic, but we can discuss that another time.
Posted on 07/16/2011, in democrats, politics, republicans and tagged 2012 presidential election, conservatives, democracy, democrats, liberals, Politics, republicans, voting. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.