Jewish World Review Nov. 14, 2002 / 9 Kislev, 5763
Ignore the scolds
Every election season, scolds emerge from obscurity to
complain that only a minority of Americans vote. Well, at the risk of
contradicting even the president, I will explain why that's a dumb argument.
Many people don't give a rip about politics and know as much about public
affairs as they know about the topography of Pluto. Frankly, I don't want
ignoramuses showing up en masse to vote on propositions that could raise my
taxes, restrict my freedom, or make life more miserable for my family.
Voting is a right best exercised by people who have taken time to learn
about the issues.
In the same vein, high turnout is overrated. Everybody in
Iraq votes because the alternative is beheading.
Low voter turnout can be a
good thing, because it means politics isn't everything.
Here, people are
free to say they don't care but they're also at liberty to get jazzed up
during tight campaigns.
The turnout rates in Minnesota and South Dakota this
year topped 70 percent. The moral: If an election merits attention, voters
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