As I drove to work today, I was listening to the morning guys Brian and Larry – the only ones I can stomach on my local talk radio station WMAL (believe it or not Savage, Levin, Limbaugh, and whoever else they have screeching on that station endlessly just don’t appeal to me). They asked an interesting question: Bernie Sanders wants to make Election Day a national holiday. Do you agree?
I had to think about this one a bit. I used to commute 90 miles each way to work when I lived in my beautiful house in Stephens City, but that commute took an hour and a half on a good day, and 2-3 hours on most other days, so voting became difficult. I had to leave the house at 0500 each morning to try and avoid the morning rush, get to work early, and leave early to avoid the afternoon disaster. Most days it still took an average of three hours to get home, and if I left a little bit later than 1600, you could forget about me getting to the polls in time to vote! So I kind of understand the desire to make Election Day a day off, so that citizens could exercise their right to choose the dimwits who would ultimately represent them.
So what would be the advantages?
Those who actually work, contribute to society, pay taxes, and should have their voices heard would be able to do so without taking several hours of leave.
The day off would eliminate the need for absentee or early voting, unless you’re a service member stationed overseas and can’t get to your polling place. Given the amount of corruption and fraud in that system, it would be good to eliminate it.
Using government force to compel a company to give its employees a day off smacks of the kind of authoritarian crap I hate.
It also smacks of the “more free shit” mentality that Bernie Sanders thinks will get him elected.
And while it seems most people claim they’re too busy with whatever they’ve got going on in their life to vote, that doesn’t necessarily mean work per se. It could mean any number of things in people’s daily lives, and it certainly doesn’t guarantee that if they had the day off from work, they would get their happy asses to the polls.
And frankly… it doesn’t take all day to vote, so a lot of employers do give their workers a couple of hours to go do their civic duty.
So I’m curious what you guys think. Should voting be a national holiday? Leave your opinion in the comments, should you so choose.