Mike Rowe has been subtly giving his opinion on the state of the Election 2016 without being too blatant about it (see Mike Rowe’s Awesome Advice for America: Shut Off the News and Donald Trump Supports Mike Rowe ‘Work Ethic’ Charity: Hillary Clinton, Not so Much…).
In his recent Facebook post, he’s not so subtle…
Every four years, celebrities and movie stars look earnestly into the camera and tell the country to “get out and vote.” They tell us it’s our “most important civic duty,” and they speak as if the very act of casting a ballot is more important than the outcome of the election. This strikes me as somewhat hysterical. Does anyone actually believe that Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen DeGeneres, and Ed Norton would encourage the “masses” to vote, if they believed the “masses” would elect Donald Trump?
Uh, no. That’s a for sure no. In fact Bill Burr recently chimed in about how much Hollywood hates Donald Trump. Go listen to him. But back to Rowe, sorry for the interruption.
Regardless of their political agenda, my celebrity pals are fundamentally mistaken about our “civic duty” to vote. There is simply no such thing. Voting is a right, not a duty, and not a moral obligation. Like all rights, the right to vote comes with some responsibilities, but lets face it – the bar is not set very high. If you believe aliens from another planet walk among us, you are welcome at the polls. If you believe the world is flat, and the moon landing was completely staged, you are invited to cast a ballot. Astrologists, racists, ghost-hunters, sexists, and people who rely upon a Magic 8 Ball to determine their daily wardrobe are all allowed to participate. In fact, and to your point, they’re encouraged.
Interrupting again, SORRY. Last time, I promise. Rowe makes a killer point here. It’s a right, but it’s not a duty. Advice? If you don’t know anything about elections, the issues, or who’s running? Stay home. Don’t just go to the polls because Justin Bieber is telling you to go. In fact, never take Justin Bieber’s advice. On anything. If you’re relying on the Beebs to tell you what to do?
The undeniable reality is this: our right to vote does not require any understanding of current events, or any awareness of how our government works. So, when a celebrity reminds the country that “everybody’s vote counts,” they are absolutely correct. But when they tell us that “everybody in the country should get out there and vote,” regardless of what they think or believe, I gotta wonder what they’re smoking.
Look at our current candidates. No one appears to like either one of them. Their approval ratings are at record lows. It’s not about who you like more, it’s about who you hate less. Sure, we can blame the media, the system, and the candidates themselves, but let’s be honest – Donald and Hillary are there because we put them there. The electorate has tolerated the intolerable. We’ve treated this entire process like the final episode of American Idol. What did we expect?
Perhaps it has to do with the fact that celebrities are counting on their audience being uneducated, and voting for who they say is popular?
Nah. That would be cycnical of me to say that.
Like all the times before, Mike Rowe is right here. Low information voters have been “getting out the vote” without knowing what it is they’re voting for. They stop to think not at all. People vote on their feelings. Or what’s popular. They’re shockingly uniformed about the issues of which they’re voting. Read Dear Liberals: If You Actually Cared about People, You Wouldn’t be Liberal…
Please don’t be that person. If you are, we will have to mock you. Or do a man on the street camera session where we expose just how little you know about what you believe you know.
Why have one video when we can have TWO? Because Hillary Clinton is still evil. You shouldn’t vote for her. Not now, not ever. Here are five reasons why.