As I was walking home from school yesterday, I kept having this flashback to an episode of “Nightline” right before the 2000 election.
With all the GOTV hype in high gear, Koppel ended the episode with a remarkably brave commentary, something along the lines of, “Yes, voting is essential to democracy, but if you don’t really understand who or what you’re voting for, stay home. Don’t cast a bad vote just because you think you’re supposed to.”
I can’t help but think about that commentary as I read/hear news that many likely Republican voters believe the most bizarre things, and are likely to cast their votes based not just on a lack of information, but on actual misleading information. Some believe Barack Obama is a closet Muslim radical; others believe he and Bill Ayers are plotting some kind of terrorist attack; others believe he’s laying the groundwork for a revolution; some believe he supports socialized medicine, or a government-sponsored revenue-distribution system. And those aren’t the really weird ones.
So, inspired by Koppel, I want to revive his plea. If you don’t have real information on which to base your decision, stay home. Pretty much everything the Republicans have said (or helped shadowy activist groups say) about Barack Obama over the last 2 years is a lie. Al Gore was right during his speech to the DNC; the reason the Republican Party lies so much and so nastily about Obama is that they’re very, very scared of him. And not scared of his race. And not scared of his religion, or his charisma, or his public-speaking ability.
The Republicans, at least the ones who really run the show, are terrified that he will give our country back to the citizens, instead of a small group of ultra-wealthy elite who have been pillaging our souls and our treasury for the last eight years. They like being in charge and being able to steal with impunity, and they’re scared that an Obama presidency will end their game.
They should be scared. They should be even more scared when millions of voters who have tired of their theivery show up at the polls to oust the Republican party from the White House and Congress.
If you don’t understand, because you don’t have enough good/true information, why that needs to happen, stay home. A vote for the Republican ticket is NOT a vote for your own self-interest unless you’re ultra-wealthy. A vote for the Republican ticket is NOT a vote for the collective good of the country, which they couldn’t give two shits about and never have. A vote for the Republicans is NOT putting “Country First.”
And if you think it is, you’ve been misinformed. So stay home.