Re: [sixties-l] Bedtime for Democracy

From: Mark Bunster (
Date: 12/20/00

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    >Ted Morgan wrote:
    >The electoral college's "over-ruling" of the popular "majority" vote
    >pales by comparison with the fact that the real flesh & blood majority
    >don't vote as a rule, with the primary reason for this being that they
    >see nothing to "vote for" --i.e., non-voting is, in effect, a rational
    >act on their part.
    >JW reply:
    >The rational decision not to vote is a decision to let others make the
    >decisions.  The silent majority does not count, whether it be your's or
    >Richard Nixon's.  Rather than saying someone has no majority support
    >because most people did not vote, I would say that they have support
    >because most people did not vote against them. (Either way in Bush's
    >case he would have no majority support)
    As George Carlin says (surely paraphrased) , "I didn't vote. I have a right 
    to complain. People will tell you if you didn't vote, you can't complain. 
    Well I didn't vote for the guy YOU'RE complaining about, so what did I do 
    wrong? You're the one that participated in the process that got you THAT 
    guy. I had nothing to do with it."

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