All I need are some tasty waves, a cool buzz, and I'm fine.

In this article, Oliver Burkeman attempts to affect the United States presidential election by sending unsolicited mail to U.S. voters and contributing to technically-unpolitical organizations whose aim is to register voters. (Oddly, Burkeman suggests the NAACP but not the NRA. So much for objectivity.)

I find such a suggestion laughably ludicrous. If their own self-interest is not enough to motivate these people to vote in their own country's presidential election, what makes Burkeman think junk mail from abroad will do it? Or that all of the voters newly registered thanks to his influx of Euros will vote the way he wants? Or that those voters will even vote? It is exceedingly easy to register to vote in this country and voting is pretty easy, too. What if the reason those people have not voted in previous elections is because they do not give a crap, either about their own country or the opinions of Europeans?

What if the system works best when only those who care vote?

According to this site Sean Penn blasted the South Park creators saying, in part, that he minds Matt Stone encouraging that there is "'no shame in not voting' 'if you don't know what you're talking about'". Perhaps Mssr. Penn has forgotten the part where he went on national television and admitted that he'd been duped by Saddam Hussein. Perhaps that is why Mssr. Penn got so mad, because their jibe hit a little too close to home.

Maybe Mssr. Penn said it best as Jeff Spicoli with "So what Jefferson was saying was 'Hey! You know, we left this England place because it was bogus. So if we don't get some cool rules ourselves, pronto, we'll just be bogus too.' Yeah?" Let us not forget that the United States is a representative democracy. It was never intended to be mob rule, let alone mob rule from across the pond.

We may not like it when our candidate loses, when we feel like there were voters that would have voted for our candidate that failed to vote. But neither should we toss out the baby with the bath water by artificially coercing people into voting that have neither the interest or knowledge to vote effectively.

Adding noise to the signal may increase its amplitude but will not increase its quality.


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