Since I am a member of the Republican Party, I get lots of email from politicians. Since tomorrow, November 7, 2017, is the day we vote in Virginia’s General Election, I am getting lots of email telling me the importance of the election and to vote Republican, of course.
Generally, I am not big on encouraging people to vote. If someone needs to be encouraged, they probably don’t know enough to vote intelligently. So I would just as soon they stay apathetic in their home, not at the polls. Unfortunately, most politicians are not satisfied with that, and the worst of them will encourage the apathetic by buying their votes. That results in a huge waste of money, and it also results in a loss of our rights.
Think of all the things politicians promise:
- Free education.
- Jobs for everyone.
- Free health care.
- Teaching people to like us. That includes the LGBTQ communities, minorities based upon race, sex, creed, the disabled, the aged, the young and so forth.
- Affirmative action to make up for the innumerable sins of the past.
- And so on.
Most of these things we use to sort out on our own, understanding that stupid decisions come back to haunt us or our children and grandchildren. The government is just suppose to protect our rights. Even in the name of charity, we cannot trust politicians to give us property and decisions that rightfully belong to someone else. That is because what those politicians are promising to do stealing, not charity. Yet if we don’t have the wisdom to know better, it is easy to be swayed by the glittering visions that some politicians offer us.
Therefore, if you don’t know what the candidates stand for, or if you understand the difference between a government that gives you your rights and a government that protects your rights, please stay home and start studying up for the next election. Yes, voting is important, but it is also important to know what you are doing.
Think of it this way. Would you give a someone the keys to your car if he or she did not know how to drive? Well, we have lots of voters who don’t know the first thing about their civic responsibilities. We are foolish enough to put politicians in charge of our schools, and that has not worked out well, not at all.
Still, some of us must vote. Do you understand the difference between understand the difference between a government that gives you your rights and a government that protects your rights? Have you taken time to compare and contrast the candidates? Then by all means please vote. That is the only way we can undo the damage done by the foolish people who have sold their votes (and part of their souls) to crooked politicians. That is the only way we can elect the men and women who will do the least damage and perhaps even some good.