Monday, February 4, 2008

Vote, or Stay Home

Tomorrow is "Super Tuesday," the busiest day of the American presidential primaries. This year's may be "the biggest day of presidential primary and caucus voting in U.S. history." ("Super Tuesday Briefing Book" (pdf)) Twenty-four states will be doing something about selecting delegates of February 5.

I'm involved in convening one of the caucuses in the Central Minnesota town where I live.

At this point, most people would write something about American citizens getting out a voting. The word "grassroots" would probably be used. A democracy won't work if people aren't active in the political process, but I've got an unusual request.

High turnout numbers in caucuses, and in elections, are nice: but I firmly believe that it's important for people to know what they're voting about.

If you haven't been keeping track of the issues, or don't care very much one way or the other, please: Stay home!

(More about my view of elections in "Watch for Weird Words: Election's Coming Up!," "Iran: Another Unilateral Quagmire?," and "'Cowboy Diplomacy' and 'Live Long and Prosper'.")


Brigid said...

I'd like to add that if the criteria you're using to decide how to vote involves to words "looks," "handsome," "pretty," or any synonym of these stay home! Please!

Brian H. Gill said...


How about "pretty handsome?"

And, of course, I agree.

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