BOSTON (CBS) – Are you going to take five minutes out of your day today to go vote?
According to yet another in a long string of dismal-but-accurate turnout forecasts by the secretary of state, barely two out of ten of you will bother to exercise the privilege that others around the world risk their lives for. And I’ve been hearing all the predictable, tired excuses for why that is.
One of them argues that because of the two special elections for U.S. Senate in 2010 and again in 2013, along with scores of off-season specials for open seats in the legislature, we’re just “electioned-out,” exhausted by having to make choices of who will spend our tax dollars and wield power over every corner of our lives at a pace of nearly once a year.
If there’s a case to be made that we’ve become a couch-potato culture dominated by lazy, careless narcissists, this pitiful excuse is exhibit A.
Another excuse – the candidates in this primary just aren’t very exciting, and lack some sort of undefined political sex appeal.
Folks, Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen aren’t planning on running for governor, not that that would be such a great idea anyway, given how the two of them have combined for zero championships since they met.
And if the question of who can help reform our growth-stifling business climate and make our dysfunctional government work properly again doesn’t excite you at all, maybe the problem is you, not the candidates.
If the truth is that you just don’t care who wins, fine, then skip voting today, and those of us who do care will decide your future for you, based on our own priorities and biases, with zero regard for yours.
Listen to Jon’s commentary: