Saturday, October 09, 2004

There were a couple of hilarious public bipolar episodes this week concerning voting registration in the upcoming election. First we had that tearful Cameron Diaz crackup on Oprah, and then it was Sean Penn's turn:

I do mind when anybody who doesn't have a child, doesn't have a child at war, or isn't or won't be in harm's way themselves, is encouraging that there's "no shame in not voting" "if you don't know what you're talking about" (Mr. Stone) without mentioning the shame of not knowing what your talking about, and encouraging people to know. You guys are talented young guys but alas, primarily young guys. It's all well to joke about me or whomever you choose. Not so well, to encourage irresponsibility that will ultimately lead to the disembowelment, mutilation, exploitation, and death of innocent people throughout the world. The vote matters to them. No one's ignorance, indcluding [sic] a couple of hip cross-dressers, is an excuse.

I was faced with the same kind of question about a month ago when a woman very nicely asked us if she could set up a voter registration area in our store one Saturday, and Bob (with my full approval) said no. I've always believed that it's better for society if people who are so ignorant of their civic obligations as to need cajoling to vote--it's better for everyone if those people don't vote at all.

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