One of the ongoing problems facing America, which may ultimately lead to its demise, is that the useful idiots and dupes — the low information voters — who have no grasp of what freedom is, or what the U.S. Constitution says, are enticed to vote by progressive Democrats who realize that their “You’re a loser and can only survive if we pick-pocket your neighbor and give you their money,” message resonates more with the uninformed voter.
Fresh off his hard-hitting, brilliant, bold and brave column in Townhall, great free-market economist, author and speaker, the legendary Thomas Sowell, went against the grain of political correctness and the progressive leftist narrative that everyone should vote, regardless of their level of being informed, saying that voter turnout is no guarantee of positive results and oppressive regimes often have high voter participation, often coerced, to disastrous results:
The media seem to think that participation in elections is a big deal. But turnout often approaches 100 percent in countries so torn by bitter polarization that everyone is scared to death of what will happen if the other side wins. But times and places with low voter turnout are often times and places when there are no such fears aroused by having an opposing party win.
Despite many people who urge us all to vote, as a civic duty, the purpose of elections is not participation. The purpose is to select individuals for offices, including President of the United States. Whoever has that office has our lives, the lives of our loved ones and the fate of the entire nation in his or her hands.
An election is not a popularity contest, or an award for showmanship. If you want to fulfill your duty as a citizen, then you need to become an informed voter. And if you are not informed, then the most patriotic thing you can do on election day is stay home. Otherwise your vote, based on whims or emotions, is playing Russian roulette with the fate of this nation.
The point Thomas Sowell accurately made in his column was that when uninformed voters vote in droves out of emotion, they are easily duped into voting for a candidate, whether it’s Barack Obama — remember “Hope and Change,” or Donald Trump, who despite having recent previous policies at odds with his supporters, is nevertheless sycophantically supported because of the candidates saying all the right things to get elected, even though they have zero track record of fighting for such issues.
Sowell appeared on Cavuto on Fox Business with Neil Cavuto this week with Cavuto pointing out that Mr. Sowell has probably been eliminated from Donald Trump’s Christmas card list after his column (see video below) in which he wrote that after the Obama phenomenon, people were being suckered by another “glib egomaniac” hoping to be the next president:
“In a country with more than 300 million people, it is remarkable how obsessed the media have become with just one — Donald Trump. What is even more remarkable is that, after six years of repeated disasters, both domestically and internationally, under a glib egomaniac in the White House, so many potential voters are turning to another glib egomaniac to be his successor.”
Sowell wrote that he understands that voters are justifiably livid with the ineffective Republican leadership, led by RINOs John Boehner and Obama’s Mitch McConnell.
“Elections are not just made for social participation,” Sowell told Cavuto. “They’re not held just to vent our emotions. They’re held to elect people who will hold our lives — the lives of our loved ones — in their hands, as well as the fate of the entire nation. And I think to go out as if we’re voting for a homecoming queen, or something, is madness,” he contended.
“I advise in that column that people who really haven’t had a chance to study these things, nor know much about it, the most patriotic act would be to stay at home on election day, rather than vote on the basis of their whims or their emotions.”