The force vote

This political year is definitely an historic one.

Among the many historical things happening this year, the surge in voting numbers hovers near the top. This is an amazing feat because voting numbers had previously been declining steadily. Much of this may be due to the interest of the political season, while another portion may be due to the campaign strategy of registering more people to vote.

Indeed it is sad that voting is no longer looked at as something of a great opportunity; now there is a reliance on the constant pleading of celebrities to bring the populace to the voting booths.

One such notorious celebrity involved in this pleading campaign is the affable Jessica Alba. Her recent efforts include photographs of her bound by tape and another with a muzzle on, declaring that, “only you can silence yourself.

“I really don’t see the point in not registering to vote,” said Alba. “We sign up for MySpace pages and Facebook pages, and download music off the internet. The least people can do is register to vote online, actually making a difference in their world, not just making their lives a little bit cooler. It makes more sense to spend your time making a change in society — and it actually doesn’t take that much time! It takes more time to make a music playlist than it does to register to vote.”

People who are susceptible to these kinds of ads probably shouldn’t vote in the first place. That is unless the campaigns attracting these possible voters to register are also helping these people become more informed about the world around them — and less involved in MySpace, Facebook and downloading music off of the internet.

Don’t vote because a pretty girl told you to, or because everyone else is jumping off the “celebrity cliff of endorsement.” Do it because you made the decision to vote after actually thinking about the issues.

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