Wednesday, November 7, 2012

On the Importance of Voting

Probably, should have posted this yesterday, but one of my favorite authors, David Foster Wallace:

“If you are bored and disgusted by politics and don't bother to vote, you are in effect voting for the entrenched Establishments of the two major parties, who please rest assured are not dumb, and who are keenly aware that it is in their interests to keep you disgusted and bored and cynical and to give you every possible reason to stay at home doing one-hitters and watching MTV on primary day. By all means stay home if you want, but don't bullshit yourself that you're not voting. In reality, there is no such thing as not voting: you either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some Diehard's vote.” 

1 comment:

MRMacrum said...

Excellent and absolutely true.

I was raised in a very conservative family back in the 1950s. The notion of voting as a responsibility of living in a free society was pounded into me from the time I can remember. If there is one thing the Right does much better than the Left it is indoctrinating their children into the political process. Children of the Right more often than not know the value of voting. I remember my mother saying to me, "If you do only one thing for your country, do it with your vote." The Right has known forever why it is indeed a good thing for them when people stay home doing one hitters.

But that seems to have changed this time. The Democrats, whether you like them or not, managed through their ground game to get more of the one hitting sub culture off the couch and into the polls. What a proud sight seeing those folks in Florida toughing it out in line. That's what America is about or should be.