You might remember Nation-contributor Sean McElwee — he’s the guy who called the sharp drop in the stock market on Christmas Eve “a Christmas present to all of us” for the sole reason that rich people were losing “a s**tload of money.”
Never mind the millions of not-rich people whose pensions and retirement accounts are heavily invested in the stock market — it’s worth it to see the rich get theirs. (For our late Christmas present, we’ll happily take the Dow’s more than 1,000-point surge Wednesday.)
remember when you actively cheered on millions of hard working Americans losing their retirement savings all of two days ago? that was fun!
— Blue (@2020demwatch) December 26, 2018
But on Christmas Day, McElwee had another Christmas analogy for us:
if you’re frantically buying a last minute christmas gift today, you’ll understand why 30-day registration deadlines disenfranchise millions of voters
— we're going to abolish ICE (@SeanMcElwee) December 25, 2018
— Anthony Bialy (@AnthonyBialy) December 27, 2018
Here's hoping someone got SMc a new analogy generator. 🙃
— Feminazgûl (@jkyles10) December 26, 2018
But whose fault is it that they waited so long to do either one? When I'm running late buying gifts, I know whose fault it is. Mine. If voting is so low on your list of priorities that you 'forget' to register, you probably shouldn't vote to begin with.
— Blue Blaze Irregular (@Banzai_HB88) December 27, 2018
When I'm not prepared for Christmas, it's my own fault. I know it's the 25th. I could buy gifts in July, if I want. *I'm not against same-day registration, but I registered on my 18th birthday, and register every time I move. I'm not disenfranchised if I don't, I'm unprepared
— Elizabeth (@ImaQzak) December 26, 2018
But I understand that procrastinating on buying presents is my own fault.
— as_per_ushe (@as_per_ushe) December 26, 2018
No one should ever be held accountable for their actions. It's unfair!
— Steven Rhynold (@IrAntecedent) December 26, 2018
@greggorox serious question though… why do the 30 days matter? You have literally years to register between big elections? Idk I am missing something
— Stu (@StuYeWest1) December 26, 2018
Stupid analogy. Buying gifts for people costs money, most are buying for many people at many stores, there are decorations to put up, relatives to visit & dinners to plan. Registering to vote takes 5 minutes & you only do it once, ever, unless you move. Plus, X-mas is yearly.
— London ❌ (@londonlaine) December 27, 2018
You have made this a silly point. Knowing dates, events, birthdays, holidays, car vehicle registrations, taxes, due dates, etc etc. Part of life. People prioritize. Kids learn it in school.
Voting has been American way of life for a long time. It's lame to make excuses.
— arlene billson (@juneslili) December 27, 2018
A year before election day everyone rants about registering to vote.
If you're too irresponsible to do it 30 days before, you aren't adult enough to vote.
But we're talking Millenials, so we need to baby them
— Walt (@Walt_Mahopac) December 25, 2018
Your logic is that people will wait until the last minute. But if there is a 30 day (or whatever) requirement to register, doesn’t that become the “last minute”, rather than the election? How is that disenfranchising anyone?
— Paul (@pjb438) December 27, 2018
Could someone explain exactly how 30-day registration deadlines disenfranchise voters?
The tweet seems to imply an obvious and implied relationship between the presented scenarios, but I don’t seem to see the correlation between the two.
— zzz (@hiddentortoise) December 27, 2018
I don't see how the two have anything in common.
— J Collins (@JCollins1456) December 25, 2018
Deciding who rules our cities, counties, states and country is not the same as making sure you get Aunt Becky a gift card to Olive Garden.
— Drew Lerch (@DrewLerch) December 25, 2018
It takes more time to pay for, fill out and send a single Christmas card than it does to register to vote and you have 600 extra days in which to do it.
— SmokeyEyedSeaLion (@PastorSeaLion) December 26, 2018
— TheLastGentleman (@AppreciatesNick) December 27, 2018
Is your argument that Christmas disenfranchises millions of gift givers?
I can get on board with that #WarOnChristmas
— Matthew (@Matthew57768946) December 26, 2018
'This ain't it, chief': Lefty blue-check roundly torched for this horrendous take on stock market dive https://t.co/kcSHce4Jf6
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) December 24, 2018