I have a notebook right next to my keyboard and in it, I write (among other things) ideas for articles. I get around to writing maybe half of them. One from last Sunday night is, “Plea to vote.” This has to do with something that has been weighing heavily on my mind. It doesn’t seem to matter how badly the Republicans behave, the people seem not to notice. But the truth is that they don’t have to. If the poor voted as much as the rich, this country would be beyond Democratic, it would be liberal. After all, the poor in Mississippi vote Democratic. That’s Mississippi, folks!
Still, the general public’s lack of interest in politics rankles. Will Brown sent me a really interesting thing earlier. It was this morning’s Yahoo! trending list: the top ten searches at that time. Here it is:
- Bikers attack SUV
- Rachael Leigh Cook
- Ivanka Trump
- Woman quits job
- Miley Cyrus
- Meredith Kercher
- UC Berkeley explosion
- Corvette Stingray
Let me give you the run down of what the people think is important this morning. Some bikers harassed a nice suburban family on a trip to New York. Rachael Leigh Cook (Lingerie model?) just had a baby. Ivanka Trump (famous for be Donald Trump’s daughter) is pregnant and won’t tell us the sex of the baby. Apparently a Bandfinger song was used in the last episode of Breaking Bad. A woman announced her resignation with a fairly lame video. I guess Miley Cyrus has a new album out. As many of us have known for years, depression doesn’t worsen cancer and having a “good attitude” doesn’t help. There was no DNA of Amanda Knox at Meredith Kercher’s murder scene. A bomb exploded in Berkeley that injured 4; it seems it happened when someone tried to steal copper pipes. And apparently the Corvette Stingray is designed to please your inner 9-year-old.
What wasn’t on the list was anything about a government shutdown nor is there any concern about the looming government default. But these things are going to matter more than any of the trending articles. Look: I understand. People are always interested in celebrity babies. I don’t know why, but I understand that it is a real thing. And I understand that most people have really bad taste in music and cars. But even the two actual news stories are weak tea. They are not important, but I will allow that marauding biker gangs are pretty cool.
But as I said, obsess all you like about babies, kittens, and copper thieves. It doesn’t matter. What does matter is that you vote. It doesn’t even matter how you vote. The more people who vote, the more liberal the outcome. The numbers are on the side of good policy—at least they are as long as the current situation is so bad. So just vote. It matters to the nation. But if that isn’t enough: it matters to me.