Three Groups of People Who Shouldn’t Vote
There are three groups of people who should not vote. I admit that statement is controversial and do not expect universal support. However, I ask that you hear me out. I think that the ignorant, incapacitated, and illegal should not vote.
Let us begin with the illegal. I am not xenophobic. I welcome legal immigration. “E Pluribus Unum.” We are the great melting pot. However, one disrespecting a nation’s laws regarding entry seems more capable of breaking other laws if it suits his or her interest. Yet, “illegal voting” covers more than “undocumented immigrants.” Hopefully, everyone would already agree that people who have no business being in our country should not be able to vote in the first place! (Yes, I know. Such is not the case.)
By saying illegal, I primarily refer to the chicanery, which seems to occur here and there during every voting cycle. I lived for 11 years in a place that seemed adept at voter fraud, Bladen County, North Carolina. They were seemingly caught red-handed in 2016. (There was another irregularity I witnessed while living in that rural county that falls under another of our categories of persons who should not be able to vote.) When the dead vote, or you receive more votes than the population in your district, it should be clear that blatant cheating is taking place. The state and federal governments should significantly stiffen penalties for such to discourage its practice.
Second, we have those incapacitated. I am not talking about those with physical limitations. I am referring to those who are mentally disabled. With my parenthetical statement above, I mentioned another voting irregularity I witnessed in Bladen County, North Carolina. The political party running the county sent its apparatchiks to pick up senior citizens from the nursing home.
Getting rides to the polls is well and good for those with the mental capacity to understand the significance of their actions. I would see these “assistants” filling out ballots for drooling and demented shells that did not even know they were still in this world. I grant that this is anecdotal. I cannot prove anything since I don’t have any video or photographic evidence. I did report what I witnessed to the local voting board, but it was run by the same party actively voting for those mentally incapacitated folks. Thus, no one was eager to investigate.
Lastly, the ignorant should not vote. One of my biggest pet peeves right now is seeing all of this peer pressure from celebrities and social media platforms to register to vote. If you are not so inclined to do so, it is probably better that you do not vote. It is a tremendous responsibility not undertaken just because this actor or that athlete said you should.
I often wonder how many people investigate the issues and adequately vet candidates? I know of one young woman who has twice supported Bernie Sanders for no other reason than “he” was going to pay off her college debt. Where was “he” going to get the money to do this? She did not care. He held up a shiny bauble for which she was willing to trade her freedoms.
I know a man who decided to vote for one candidate in a primary because of something said by that candidate about the opposition in a television commercial. (When was the last time you saw an honest political ad?) Given how we have this epidemic of ignorantly voting, I bristle when I hear states consider allowing 16-year-olds to vote. Good grief. You might as well turn the election into a season of American Idol. (Just an aside, the prefrontal cortex, which is necessary for decision making, is not fully developed until one is in his or her mid-twenties. The immature prefrontal cortex is why teens and young adults are more capable of rash actions. Insurance companies raise their rates as a result, and lower them after the 25th birthday.)
So, there you have it. These are three groups of people who I think should not vote. Do you agree or disagree? Whatever your response, I hope you take task seriously and do research and vet candidates before casting your vote.
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Hi, my name is Brent. Christian. 親日. ENFP. Music lover. I've channeled my ADHD into becoming a generalist. I enjoy writing and illustrating.