Why Young Adults Should Not Be Encouraged To Vote

The title pretty much says it all. Any Libertarian minded reader probably knows what I’m going to write about here. How the youth are stupid and mess the election process up by visiting the polls. Sure there is much truth behind this. We all know that when you’re young and don’t pay taxes (therefore not yet really living in the real horrible world the rest of us live in) you tend to lean left speaking loudly about policies to solve problems we all know later in life are unsolvable by policies. It’s easy to desire higher taxes when you haven’t worked yet and are heavily exposed to the views of tenured professors (who also don’t live in the real world). I remember once Johnny Ramone of the Ramones once said (not an exact quote) that as we get older we tend to lean more right because we realize how the real world really works.

So when Bill Clinton was desperately (and rather somewhat successfully) trying to appeal to the youth by being cool with his saxophone (there’s nothing cooler than a white guy with a saxophone) on MTV, he knew what he was doing. He was right to do it too. The youth will lean left because it is cooler. It is more romantic to protest and fight against global warming. It is more romantic to view life from a socialist point of view. It is no doubt more romantic but unrealistic. Taxes aren’t romantic nor are they interesting. Taxes are a boring subject along with all other economic-based subjects. But they are the most real issues affecting your life. Reality is most of the time unromantic. It’s just the way it is. All of us who have been in long-term relationships know that after the initial two weeks to a month that the romantic fire starts to dim. Sure there is still much romance and splendor but not as much as there was in the courting process. We now start to see flaws as they reveal themselves. If these flaws are not too pressing and we can learn to live with or love them then we can hold on to the romance longer. This is the same with real life. Once you’re finished with school and have the pressing realities of life pushed onto you things change. Suddenly all these liberal ideologies seem to not be as of much importance as paying your bills on time, even if you’re fortunate enough to have a job in the career you studied and paid so much for.

So revving up the youth to vote for policies and leaders that raise taxes and advocate socialist ideals is a scary thing for the rest of us who have to live in the real economy (reality). Now don’t get me wrong, there are many romantic wonderful things about the real world. It just would be nice to be able to seek these wonderful things without the weighing pressures of a bad economy on our minds.

I also have a strong theory. Due to the recent and rather positive growth of Libertarian influenced youth these days it seems we don’t need to appeal to the youth to vote after all. The youth that are Libertarian minded are adamant and do show up at the polls. Ron Paul is the oldest candidate and he makes no effort to appeal to anyone superficially. Instead he speaks his mind (which as we all know with much evidence he is consistent with his views regardless of how cool or uncool) and the youth rallied behind him with no effort made in their recruitment. This is a sign to me that if politicians especially presidential candidates were to be honest and lay off all the stupid attempts of trying to appear cool and connected that the citizens will show up and vote based on the candidate whose policies make the most sense. Let the delusional world of academia circle jerk amongst themselves, they won’t show up to vote anyway (if we’re lucky) and let the youth which as I just stated seem to be smart enough to look beyond the superficial attempts by politicians to appeal to them and vote.

I’ll actually go a bit further and say let’s not encourage anyone to vote. I dare us to try this just at least once. Let’s try and trust that the smart people will show up to the polls. We want the smart logical people to do all the voting anyways, don’t we?

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  1. libertyandbagels

     /  August 4, 2012

    Young people have to vote, they’re the ones who are truly getting screwed. Older generations clamor for war in Iraq, but put it on the credit card which the young have to pay. The young have to pay with their lives in the fighting. Older generations voted for politicians who give them generous Medicare and Medicaid benefits which the young have to pay and the young may not get.

    • First of all thank you very much for commenting with your opinion. I really wanted people to respond with their own views on this matter.

      I agree with you on this. My point however is no one should be encouraged to vote. The people that decide to show up to the polls know what they believe is best and encouragement via pop-culture especially is a form of conditioning (brainwashing). I want to see the youth, the middle aged and the elderly to show up to the polls by their own motivation. If the youth are unhappy with how things are then they need to do something about it. I have faith that if we treat everyone as though they are intelligent enough to take a stand then they will. If they don’t then they shouldn’t be voting anyway.


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