Vote! (BooHooHoo!)

| September 30, 2004 | Reply

I’m glad someone else saw what I did.

Oprah Winfrey had a show yesterday dedicated to voting – especially to young women voting (because young men voting? Bah! Who needs that?). She had Cameron Diaz in the studio and Drew Barrymore via satellite.

Let me tell you. Both of them verged on hysterics as they talked about their dedication to their respective get out the vote efforts. I’m not exaggerating in the least here. Diaz actually started to cry as she talked about how if women wanted rape to be legal, they shouldn’t vote. Yes, she said that. Barrymore talked about how she had stayed up all night wrestling with the problem in her mind.

It’s that sort of unserious claptrap that makes young people stay home. Voting is important. There’s no doubt about that. It is, in my mind, the very least a person can do and claim to be a responsible citizen of this country. But, folks, if you don’t want to vote, it’s not going to bother me one bit. Voting isn’t mandatory and if you want to sit back and just let things happen in this contry without even minimal input from you, then be my guest.

That means that my vote will have that much more power and, to be quite honest, I’m okay with that.

But I’m certainly not going to border on the hysterical and weep on national television because young people don’t have the good common sense to vote in an election or to do some small amount of research into how this country works. And I’m not going to lose a bit of sleep over it.

But I am going to laugh at those people who do. Want to know why? Because it’s ludicrously easy to sway them to any cause in the world. All you have to do is to make some slight emotional appeal – facts play no part in this – and they’ll follow you anywhere. That makes them the perfect electorate – easily panicked, wiling to vote for anything that tugs at their emotions, and completely impervious to reason. That’s unserious and silly and it’s completely laughable.

Yeah. I know this should probably be a longer rant. But come on, folks. How much time do you think I’m willing to waste on explaining why Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore are not serious people to consult on the political process?

Thanks to Michelle Malkin for noting that today. Like I said, I was glad to see tht I wasn’t the only person who noticed this yesterday.

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