Nikon f5 asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 1 decade ago

Which action/predicament do you believe to be the lesser of two evils?

Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber. ~Plato

Don't vote it only encourages them - Gore Vidal

Obviously Plato's quote is the more motivating of the two as a deciding factor as to whether to vote or not. However, when you ponder Gore's tongue in cheek quote it also has a potent message, many a true word spoken in jest.


edit: well said david I

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1 Answer

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Gore Vidal was clever, and wrong.

    Not voting encourages political elites, because the lower the turnout the more the partisan votes count. For example, as long as the black vote was unengaged the evangelical right could elect any President they nominated.

    Plato has it right.

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