Some People Should Not Vote
by James Glaser
October 29, 2008
I know it is the right of every adult American to vote, but there are some people who just shouldn't. I'll give you a couple of examples.
Yesterday, I was talking to a staunch John McCain backer, and we got off on the war issue. I reminded him that McCain had said that he would leave troops in Iraq for a hundred years, and that he had no plans to remove the troops we have had in Japan, South Korea, and Germany for the last 50 plus years. He said John McCain didn't mean that he was willing to keep troops in Iraq for a hundred years, and for sure he would remove those occupation troops to save us money.
The man agreed that McCain had said the hundred year quote about troops in Iraq, and he also said he never heard McCain say he would remove those other troops, but he believed that John McCain had no intention of leaving troops in Iraq, Japan, South Korea, or Germany. So, because this man believes he knows what John McCain will really do, he is going to vote for him.
Later on I was talking to my neighbor in Railroad Square. The man is a rabid Barack Obama supporter. We were talking about Obama telling the country that he wanted to spread the wealth around to everybody. The man admitted that is what Obama said, but he just knew that when elected, Obama would never do that. So, because this man believes he knows what Barack Obama will really do, he is going to vote for him.
Here we have two voters, who both believe that it doesn't matter what their candidate says because they know what their candidate is really going to do. I don't think these two guys are isolated cases. I think there are millions of Americans who are going to vote for the candidate they believe they have, and not the candidate they actually have.
That scares me. And that is why I say when it comes to voting, there are some people who just shouldn't.
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