Thomas Sowell

If you can't be bothered to read a lot of dull stuff about Social Security or military defense or what is really going on in our public schools, then why should you be bothered to go down to the polls on election day and cast an ignorant vote? And don't kid yourself that watching TV -- even TV debates -- is going to inform you. Sound bites are usually very unsound. If you can't see beyond a media image or some catchy phrases and emotional attitudes, then why should you take the future of America -- and the world -- into your hands in a voting booth? Stay home. At least you won't be doing any harm. Media pundits will undoubtedly wring their hands about low voter turnout, but this gives them something to do instead of spreading misinformation.

In this age, when everything seems to be discussed in terms of what you have a "right" to do, no doubt you have a right to go vote and take the consequences. But the consequences don't apply just to you. They apply to people who have no right to vote, who are babes in their cribs who will be the people of tomorrow who will inherit the world that your vote helps create.

You also inherited. You inherited what was created and preserved by the efforts of centuries and the sacrifices of lives on the beaches of Normandy and Iwo Jima. Is it too much of a sacrifice for you to take a little time to become informed on both sides of the issues that will determine what kind of country our children will inherit?

There are people out there whose job it is to manipulate your emotions for political purposes -- and they get paid big bucks for doing it. But the real price will be paid by millions of Americans, including Americans yet unborn.

Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institute and author of The Housing Boom and Bust.

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