On Voting

We live in an increasingly selfish society.  This is ok.  I honestly believe that the only way we’re ever going to achieve world peace is if we’re all super-selfish or we’re all super-selfless.  This way, there wouldn’t be a difference of opinion on every stupid thing that occurs.  If we were all super-selfish, gay marriage wouldn’t be an issue because we wouldn’t care what other people do; if we were all super-selfless gay marriage wouldn’t be an issue because we would always want everyone to be happy, regardless of our own prejudices.  I’m pretty sure we’re leaning more toward an “everything is about me” society.

Appointments and reservations don’t mean much anymore because the other person can cancel outright with no explanation.  Picking up a piece of trash that doesn’t belong top you is considered an act of charity.  Interrupting a conversation because the other person got a text is commonplace.  This attitude, oddly, doesn’t affect the way we vote.

I find voting glitches and fraud as interesting as zombies.

I’m overwhelmed at the number of people who vote a certain way because of things that don’t affect them in the slightest.  I know a woman – in her late 60s – who votes for people based on their abortion stance.  She doesn’t care if a candidate plans on cutting off her Medicare, if a candidate plans on eliminating her social security, or even if they plan on doing something similar to Logan ’s Run; she wants to feel safe in the fact that if she ever gets pregnant, she has the right to choose.

It makes the most sense to vote the way that affects you in the most positive way.  If you’re 18 and you’re voting for someone who plans on taking your tax money and investing it in governmental life insurance, you’re dumb; you should be voting for the guy that puts your money into public education, since that’s where you’ll probably be for the next five years.  As a 30-year-old with a house, a family, and a heart condition, I would be dumb to vote for the public education guy; I should vote for free life insurance.

But I won’t.  And neither will you.  Because I can’t decide when to be selfish and when to be selfless.  So instead, I’ll listen to commercials that say “He voted for the government bailout of Detroit .  Do you really trust him with your money?” and “He voted against helping the car industry – helping Michigan – out of a recession.  Do you really trust him with your money?”

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