Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Three Cheers for "Maybe You Shouldn't Vote"

I'm somewhat new to the blogsphere and still unsure of "Blog Etiquette." So forgive me for using this post to draw your attention to a post on another blog. Bill Folman wrote a very insightful blog that appeared on the Huffington Post yesterday as well as on his blog. He writes:

"Voting is a skill. It's like basketball. Not everyone is good at it. Sure, everyone likes to think he or she is a good voter, just like everyone likes to think he or she is attractive and has a sense of humor. Sadly, the numbers do not support these claims. If everyone was a brilliant voter, we would never elect bad leaders, and the last eight years might have turned out quite differently. So this election year, before you step into a voting booth and possibly screw things up for the rest of us, I ask that you take a moment to answer the following questions and determine whether you have the skill and the know-how to vote responsibly for our next president."

You really should read the full article. But if you're short on time, check out Folman's list of questions he uses to determine a voter's skill:

  1. Do you feel you made a mistake in 2004 when you voted for George W. Bush?
  2. Do you believe Barack Obama is a Muslim? Do you believe he "pals around with terrorists"?
  3. Do you believe any of the following to be unbiased and even-handed sources for political news: The Drudge Report, The Huffington Post, Air America, Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, Lou Dobbs, Glenn Beck, Michael Savage, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, or the Fox News Network? (Worth noting that his blog appeared on the Huffington Post)
  4. Are your political opinions easily swayed by forwarded e-mails, messages on your answering machine, or frightening campaign commercials?
  5. Do you vote based on who you feel is the more "patriotic" candidate? Do you worry about having a president who is a member of the "elite?"
  6. Are you planning to vote a certain way because of Barack Obama's skin color or Sarah Palin's gender?
  7. Are you afraid of accidentally electing a socialist president to the White House?
  8. Do you want your president to be just like you?
  9. Are you upset because you don't know where the candidates stand on the major issues?
  10. Do you feel there is no real difference between the two candidates?

Again, check out the article. It's a quick, fun read. Folman created a great blend of humor and insight.

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