Some guy named Mike Rowe, who I just learned is a TV star or something*, was recently asked by a fan named Jeremy to “encourage [his] huge following to go out and vote in this election.” All the coolest Hollywood stars are doing it, so apparently it’s a good idea, right?
Mr. Rowe’s answer is remarkable, both for its common sense and for its courage, because in an industry which specializes in spreading propaganda, few have the courage to speak common sense like this:
I’m afraid I can’t encourage millions of people whom I’ve never met to just run out and cast a ballot, simply because they have the right to vote. That would be like encouraging everyone to buy an AR-15, simply because they have the right to bear arms. I would need to know a few things about them before offering that kind of encouragement.
* I wasn’t sure who Mike Rowe is because I stopped watching cable and network television about many years ago. It was clogging too many arteries in my brain.