1.29.2006

Back to the battlefield

There's nowhere like a college campus to realize that idiocy, like love, actually is all around us. In the experiences of just one semester, we already have a whole cast of fun characters to dissect, and ideas to put down. We've got our token slutty feminist, supporting abortion rights mostly as a means of self-preservation (We also have the stereotypically ugly-angry feminist, but she's a whole other breed). We've got a whole clique of students who join NORML so that they can meet other drug users. We've got a flamboyantly gay opinions editor who worships Brokeback Mountain as the most culturally influential film of our era. And best of all, we have a whole faculty of professors who seem to have made it their duty to indoctrinate their students through a constant stream of almost imperceptible brainwashing. Perhaps my favorite experience as been realizing that it doesn't matter what we read in our western civilization class, the point is always the same: white religious men are BAD!
So here's an interesting question: given the clouds of far-left thought and outright stupidity floating over our campuses, should we really be encouraging college students to vote? Our professors are fond of telling us that we should be getting more involved in politics and start voting, because we can make a difference that way. Frankly, anyone who doesn't educate themselves and get involved based on their own initiative shouldn't be voting. The last thing we need is more morons throwing their opinions around on ballots. I'm well aware that this makes me seem like an elitist, which I will gladly admit to. In a similar vein, we also shouldn't be reforming our voting system to make it easier to register. My American Gov't prof last semester made a huge fuss over the fact that Europe has much higher voter turnout, and said that we could have the same, if we didn't have all these silly rules about registration deadlines. First, let's ask ourselves: do we really want to be more like Europe? I know I don't. Second, do we want people voting if they can't bother themselves to meet a simple deadline? Apathy in that regard will most likely translate to apathy in learning about issues. Finally, I'm not the only one who is wary of "the people". The Founding Fathers were for the most part afraid of the possibility of mob rule, as was Aristotle. They knew that stupidity exists in the world, as do self-interest and apathy, which is the entire point behind the electoral college. So, does that make them elitist? Well, yeah. Does it make them un-american? Considering this whole 'America' thing was their idea, I doubt it.
-The Quartermaster

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