November 06, 2016

Dear Americans, don't vote for the sake of voting. If you don't follow politics, do your country a favor and stay home

Mike GwilliamRebel Columnist
 

Just because you have the right to vote doesn't mean you should use it. And in an election such as this, unlike any other, when the decision can effect so, so much – if you're not familiar with politics, the best thing you can do is stay home.

I've been seeing plenty of memes online telling people that they should vote because it's their right or men and women died during wars so you can cast a ballot. Listen, a lot of people died for a lot of different rights. The way I see it, you're doing them and your country a disservice by voting without knowing really why.

There's a name for people who vote for the sake of voting: uneducated voters.

That's not to say uneducated voters don't mean well. Someone may see one of those “people died so you can vote” memes and take that as some obligation to go out and cast a ballot. And in that regard, hey, at least they're trying. But it's not exactly helpful. In fact, it's anything but.



I'll go as far to argue that for an uneducated or uninformed voter, it's like someone who is watching a UFC Pay-Per-View for the first time. They're uninterested, know nothing about the fighters, but as soon as a title fight comes on, who do you think the new fan is going to cheer for: the reigning champion who hasn't lost in 10 fights or the popular newcomer who earned a title match?

Without any shadow of a doubt, I predict the individual who never watches UFC would like to see the champion lose. Why? Because it's a change. It's exciting. It's something new. And everyone likes an underdog story.

While this example certainly applies more to last year's federal election in Canada where Justin Trudeau (unfortunately) became Prime Minister, it still works somewhat for Trump and Clinton.

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It may even apply to Trump, as the edgy newbie who has thrown his hat into the ring, dispatched of all challengers and now seeks to complete the hero's quest.

People who tell you to vote because it's your right – people like Collider's John Campea ;) -  are going about promoting voting incorrectly. This doesn't promote educated voting. It promotes uneducated voting. And uneducated voters are more likely to vote Democrat. Why? Because they're young people. And young people are likely who follow what their friends are doing even if they don't follow politics themselves.

Imagine how many people on university campuses will vote Hillary just to deny Trump presidency.


Worse, imagine how many people read a meme by Occupy Democrats claiming Trump called “all Mexicans rapists”. Spoilers: it was seen by a lot of people. This is a factually incorrect quote. But you'd be surprised at how many people don't fact check and take these false claims like they're 100% true. It damages democracy.

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People who get their information from “comedians” like John Oliver or The Daily Show don't expose themselves to alternative view points. Hell, even Fox News. Despite what you may thing of its hosts, the actual reporting is rather neutral. Fox was really the only network with truly unbiased coverage of the George Zimmerman trial a few years back. While everyone else was already practically calling the man guilty, Fox didn't even do the opposite – they kept things neutral. If all you watched was CNN, you'd think he murdered a school bus full of paraplegics with a machete and chainsaw.

It is my honest opinion that uneducated voters are the greatest threat to democracy. Remember, your vote does count. So, rather than vote because you can, what I'd recommend to anyone planning on voting is to ask yourself the following questions: Why am I voting for the person I plan on voting for? What do I know about other candidate?

If you have to study and look up information, I have news for you: it's too late for you to pass this test. You shouldn't vote. And that's not a bad thing. Because you're doing what's best for your country.

And there's nothing more patriotic than that.

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commented 2016-11-12 09:40:44 -0500
Well if you are going to have a test for voters there should be a test for new leaders like being honest and what there vision of the future holds for voting for them.If they have a hidden agenda we should have aright to kick them out.Canadians are some of the dumbest voters.Why were the Liberals almost wiped of the map in Canada?Anyone that has a brain or a memory can answer that question.
commented 2016-11-08 17:43:24 -0500
Absolutely. Actually it should be a legal requirement.
commented 2016-11-08 09:32:27 -0500
Joe Boudreault commented 20 hours ago
“I think we need intelligence tests for voting. You can’t enter a university or college or graduate if you fail simple tests. Why should it be any different with voting in our leaders? It should be required that you take basic tests in order to vote, or else keep these ignoramuses away from our polls. Those who might disagree with this assessment are probably too ignorant to understand what I )and you) are saying here. Trudeau and Obama did not get into office by any intelligence or wisdom on their part (they do not have any to begin with), but by the ignorance of stupid voters. Case closed.

This might result in some interesting unintended consequences. Both Obama and Trudeau rode the educated Millenial vote to victory … they’re the ones that would easily pass such a skill testing question. In the States, Trump’s support is greatest among those without a college degree, and very .low among those with.

Because of the strong correlation between education levels and left wing beliefs, you’d probably shift the electorate further left with this strategy.
commented 2016-11-08 02:53:58 -0500
@joe Boudreault….you’ve got the idea….every line of the sermon on the mount is a contradiction (yea have heard it said of old…X…..but I say….Y…

Is syntax of contradiction….but not entirely…

The Developer issued a software/covenant …(be patient with me Joe, I’m trying to put it in terms that fit contemporary vernacular)….

After a period of changing user needs and feedback version 1.1.001 was released…

So today we would say….Thou shalt not suffer a witch to have power over you…..:-)
commented 2016-11-08 00:37:08 -0500
I support Trump because he is a father figure and that will strengthen the patriarchy…he hates his beautifull wife and he made sure his daughter stayed barefoot pregnant and in the kitchen rather than make her an executive in his business empire the way that he would have for a male heir….also Donald Trump is white….and Hillary just isn’t…..:-)
commented 2016-11-08 00:02:03 -0500
The other day, after a long conversation, a woman told me she does not support Trump because he was a misogynist.
It made me realize, therefore, that most people had never heard of this word before the media labeled Donald Trump.
Mike GWilliam….you are 100% right.
commented 2016-11-07 15:51:08 -0500
Jay Kelly, I think Mike might respond to you like this… your quote about suffering witches not to live is from the Old Testament. In case you haven’t noticed, Christians are under a new covenant in which Jesus says to forgive your enemy, walk in his shoes, offer him your cloak, and obey the governments which are all established by the authority of God. Our Creator even used the corruption of Nebuchadnezzar to take the Israelites into captivity. He controls it all, right? Hillary is wicked, but we do not stone witches under the new economy of the New Testament. Thought you should know this.
commented 2016-11-07 12:58:30 -0500
“It is my honest opinion that uneducated voters are the greatest threat to democracy.”

I concur a hundred percent with this observation, Mike. I believe the day for the universal franchise (ie, everybody should be allowed to vote, regardless) is over. I think we need intelligence tests for voting. You can’t enter a university or college or graduate if you fail simple tests. Why should it be any different with voting in our leaders? It should be required that you take basic tests in order to vote, or else keep these ignoramuses away from our polls. Those who might disagree with this assessment are probably too ignorant to understand what I )and you) are saying here. Trudeau and Obama did not get into office by any intelligence or wisdom on their part (they do not have any to begin with), but by the ignorance of stupid voters. Case closed.
commented 2016-11-07 07:48:57 -0500
@elton Braun

Yea, quite the generation of wimps, isn’t it? That is what socialist indoctrination does to people. When taught all their lives that the government will take care of them, they do not learn to have a backbone and stand up for themselves because the government will take care of them.
commented 2016-11-07 03:04:10 -0500
Someone once said if your not a liberal when you’re young you have no heart. If your not a conservative when you get older you have no brain. The other day I saw a poster which said to the affect that back in the forties 18 year olds were going off to war knowing full well they may be laying down their life for their country. Today 18 year olds are scared of words and have to hide in safe spaces.
commented 2016-11-07 02:07:22 -0500
Once again, Jay Kelly ignores the central issue that has already been answered but he writer and asks a series of idiotic questions. Jay! DO YOU EVER GET TIRED OF GETTING IT WRONG?
commented 2016-11-07 02:07:22 -0500
Once again, Jay Kelly ignores the central issue that has already been answered but he writer and asks a series of idiotic questions. Jay! DO YOU EVER GET TIRED OF GETTING IT WRONG?
commented 2016-11-07 02:05:10 -0500
THe way things are unfolding, Americans would be wise to stay home in drove – if less than 50% vote, the election is void – they have to refield candidates acceptable to the electorate.
commented 2016-11-07 00:30:08 -0500
@jay Kelly….I happen to be buddhist…let’s see you untwist THAT diversity pretzel…..this is going to be fun…..you took the bait….:-)
commented 2016-11-07 00:24:19 -0500
Mike Gwilliam has to answer for this. He wrote this column.

He did not consider himself irresponsible, but now, in retrospect, he realizes he was a bit careless.

So then, Mike Gwilliam, how do you respond to The Rebel reader who says:

“Christians….if you wimp out on “THOU SHALT NOT SUFFER A WITCH TO LIVE”….the antichrist will prevail…. "
commented 2016-11-07 00:11:09 -0500
@leviticus…unfortunately that is not the half of it…..then there will be the revenge and retribution in order to intimidate any who would oppose her next time….

Christians….if you wimp out on “THOU SHALT NOT SUFFER A WITCH TO LIVE”….the antichrist will prevail….

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdW1BlDtcyU

All it takes is for all of the frightened overwhealmed outdone, decent people who bear witness…to stand together…to say …NO NO NO…..they cannot kill us all…..we already hoarded far too much ammo for that to ever happen……;-)
commented 2016-11-07 00:01:06 -0500
Would you discourage United States’ citizens from voting?

The United States has developed one of the best democratic systems in the world, and it is based on the idea that each person is entitled to vote freely for the candidate of choice. The way their system developed there may be only two main choices, although in many states there are four or more.

Why would Mike Gwilliam, the author of this item urge United States’ citizens not to vote?

Canadians should urge all citizens to the south to vote.
commented 2016-11-06 23:51:53 -0500
As I understand it Hillary was exonerated again..
Trump may get the votes but only in the shadows because those votes will never see the light of day and Hillary will sit the White House..
God help us all.
commented 2016-11-06 23:03:58 -0500
AMERICANS IF YOU LOVE YOUR COUNTRY VOTE TRUMP
AMERICANS IF YOU WERE TOUGHT NOT TO LIE AS YOUNG PERSON VOTE FOR TRUMP
AMERICANS IF YOU WANT TO WORK FOR A LIVING VOTE FOR TRUMP
AMERICANS IF YOU WANT TO SEE JUSTICE VOTE FOR TRUMP
AMERICANS IF YOU WANT TO KEEP YOUR JOB VOTE FOR TRUMP
AMERICANS IF YOU WANT TO SEE YOUR NIEGHBOR HAVE JOB VOTE FOR TRUMP
AMERICANS IF YOU WNT TO SEE YOUR CHILDRN HAVE A FUTURE VOTE FOR TRUMP
AMERICANS IF YOU BELIEVE IN A STRONG DEFENCE VOTE FOR TRUMP
AMERICANS IF YOU DON’T WANT TO END UP LIKE FRANCE VOTE FOR TRUMP
AMERICANS IF YOU DON’T WANT TO SEE YOUR COUNTRY SPLIT UP VOTR FOR TRUMP
AMERICANS WHY NOT VOTE FOR TRUMP
BECAUSE IF YOU VOTE FOR CLINTON YOUR A TRAITOR