To the Editor:
Against all doctrine, I am asking people not to vote.
That’s right, don’t cast your ignorant, uninformed vote for either party champion unless you know the issues, and understand the ramifications of foolhardy decisions.
We as a country cannot suffer much longer with leaders who are themselves mystified about outcomes of ill-conceived foreign policies and wanton spending.
Granted, there are some who benefit in the short term from these reckless endeavors, but leading and managing a country is about the long-term outcomes.
This is not a popularity or beauty contest, or even a “he looks like me” decision; it is literally life, death and well being for future generations at stake.
Too often, I have witnessed street interviews with mostly younger voters who didn’t have a clue about what is at risk or what would be placed in jeopardy if the wrong person were elected.
That person, or persons, in whom you temporarily trust with your very life, and the well being of your fellow citizens deserves your informed support, not simple reflexive response.
When the voting age was established as 18 by the Congress and signed by President Nixon on July 5, 1971, I was happy for my fellow soldiers with me in Vietnam who were now old enough to serve in combat, and at last old enough to vote.
My joy was tempered by questions some had about who they should vote for, or even what’s the difference between a Democrat and a Republican.
I had to admit something very important to them, that I fear exists to this day; I didn’t know.
I advised them not to risk their vote unless they knew what they were for voting for.
That day, I developed a strong desire to have only qualified and informed voters help me decide my future.