Mike Rowe of âDirty Jobsâ responded to a question asking him to convince his âhuge following to go out and vote this electionâ with some wisdom for the ages.
"âŚthe truth is, the country doesnât need voters who have to be cajoled, enticed, or persuaded to cast a ballot."https://t.co/65tjP049Zp
â Zach Dorman (@zach_dorman) August 26, 2016
Bring on the common sense:
Thanks for the kind words. I appreciate it. I also share your concern for our country, and agree wholeheartedly that every vote counts. However, Iâm afraid I canât encourage millions of people whom Iâve never met to just run out and cast a ballot, simply because they have the right to vote. That would be like encouraging everyone to buy an AR-15, simply because they have the right to bear arms. I would need to know a few things about them before offering that kind of encouragement. For instance, do they know how to care for a weapon? Can they afford the cost of the weapon? Do they have a history of violence? Are they mentally stable? In short, are they responsible citizens?
Casting a ballot is not so different. Itâs an important right that we all share, and one that impacts our society in dramatic fashion. But itâs one thing to respect and acknowledge our collective rights, and quite another thing to affirmatively encourage people Iâve never met to exercise them. And yet, my friends in Hollywood do that very thing, and theyâre at it again.
Every four years, celebrities and movie stars look earnestly into the camera and tell the country to âget out and vote.â They tell us itâs our âmost important civic duty,â and they speak as if the very act of casting a ballot is more important than the outcome of the election. This strikes me as somewhat hysterical. Does anyone actually believe that Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen DeGeneres, and Ed Norton would encourage the âmassesâ to vote, if they believed the âmassesâ would elect Donald Trump?
Regardless of their political agenda, my celebrity pals are fundamentally mistaken about our âcivic dutyâ to vote. There is simply no such thing. Voting is a right, not a duty, and not a moral obligation.
Read Roweâs entire post here.
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