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 serving possibilities. 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 be ignored. 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.
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