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Not voting is political Darwinism

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"Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting."
— Franklin D. Roosevelt

People who don’t vote are seldom among the brightest — which makes me glad they don’t cast ballots. It amounts to political Darwinism — people gradually taking themselves out of the body politic and turning the election process over to people who give a darn, and who take the trouble to learn the issues or at least take the trouble to vote.

Those who don’t vote often give the reason, “Oh, it doesn’t do any good, anyway.” But these are often people who will fire up their iPhones to vote for egoists on “Dancing With the Stars,” even though statistically that vote does no good at all.

Here’s a thought: If you vote for someone, it gives you the right to show up at a public meeting and say to that person, “Look, I voted for you because you said you would (insert promise) and you haven’t. Why not?” Why not, indeed.


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