I Am An Elitist Snotface
Is this a good idea? Do we truly want to encourage Bram666, Vampire In Training to vote?
I'm so torn between the philosophical beauty of a democratic republic and the cold hard reality of letting some people have an equal say in the process.
Ultimately I believe that equality is the essence of Americanism, and that the ability to vote responsibly is the greatest exercise of that equality. But the older I get the more I feel like registering people to vote without giving them any further access to information is like handing out drivers' licenses without a road manual. Or being saved at a Billy Graham crusade. (Oh yes. I went there.) You've given people a first step without follow up. (Now is the time for all of you who've been to a BGCrusade to step in and point out that they now do intensive followup with new converts. This would put my mind at ease.)
We can Rock the Vote, we can Get Out the Vote, we can even MySpace the Vote, I guess. But until we educate the voters I am sorely tempted to view these grassroots efforts as nothing more than a compromisation of every educated, pondered and serious vote out there.
I look forward to all of the comments and emails telling me that I'm wrong.