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Thursday, October 07, 2004

Supress the vote!

Well, Thomas Sowell doesn't encourage supressing any particular block of voters, nor does he actually suggest that folks ought to actively create roadblocks to voting. But he does have an observation about responsible voting that is less curmudgeonly than mine...
A more fundamental problem, however, is that voting is not just a matter of individual self-expression. It is choosing the people in whose hands the destiny of this nation will be placed... Choosing leaders in a time like this as a matter of self-expression may be the biggest, and perhaps last, self-indulgence in a self-indulgent age... In this context, the emphasis on a duty to vote is a very misplaced emphasis. When the right choice is so critical, the emphasis needs to be on making an informed decision, not a knee-jerk response to images and talk.
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