The former President of the United States. Never done a response to this guy before. I’ve talked about his policies and how stupid they are, but now that he’s not in office, I haven’t had a lot of reason to go after the guy. That is, until today. It seems that Obama wanted to do himself a response of his own to people like myself who don’t vote. In my case, I only vote when there is something I actually believe in, but I am a firm believer in NOT doing “lesser of two evils” voting. There is no amount of bad that this country can get before I’ll do that. Period. Guess the so-called “Liberal” candidates have to actually earn my vote, like Bernie did in the last primary. Alright, former President, you have my hear. I’ll put his video below so you can see I’m taking nothing out of context, then we’ll respond.
Excuse #1: I don’t care about politics
His “refutation” of this point made me visibly cringe. He had his ultimate “How do you do, fellow kids” moment. Yes, because Pokemon is going to be the perfect analogy to those who just don’t care about the politics of this country.
I remember a video that GrapplingIgnorance did a LONG time ago talking about this very issue. He breaks down the fact that some people just don’t care and some do far better than I, so here’s a link to his video. But the former President’s Pokemon analogy is the worst. He goes on to argue that those in power are betting on everyone to check out. How does that help your case? Yeah, people see the whole process as useless because our politicians are corrupt, and the whole two-party system is a scam to make people believe that there is actually is one party or the other who is in favor of the people, when we know that both parties are owned by major corporations.
He actually makes the argument that our not voting is the reason why our politics don’t happen. Yeah, because the fact that the parties are rigged against the people, that there are PACs and Super PACs which subvert the will of the voter by giving corporations unlimited ability to buy politicians. Hell, we saw Hillary Clinton buy the DNC and use that against her opponent. So please, tell me again how it’s people not voting that is making the government corrupt. All ears.
Excuse #2: why bother voting when I can’t relate to the candidates?
I remember this shit when Bush II was being elected. All the people who said “I’ll vote for him because I think I can have a beer with him.” I think Bill Maher said it best.
Yeah, I’ll have a beer with him. And then I’ll crack that beer bottle on his empty fucking head.
Obama actually says this is a good point, which makes me laugh. The simple reality is that no candidate will relate to the average American unless they are a retard who watches football and thinks America is star-spangled awesome all the time. Or maybe they can be an introverted NEET who hardly ever sees the sun. Either way, there is never a point where the politicians will relate to the people. This is a strawman. Nobody actually believes this. But that’s no surprise. It came from a news outlet. They are big on making up strawmen for their talking heads to defeat.
Excuse #3: my vote doesn’t matter
That is ONLY said in respect to third-party candidates. And yeah. Given how the entire system is rigged against them, it’s true. Third party candidates aren’t even allowed into the Presidential debates. How is that fair? This open and free democracy we claim to have, and a whole section of it isn’t allowed to participate. Are you seeing the problem?
Obama making everything relate to pop culture is cringe-y to no end. He makes the point that Trump won by a narrow margin. That’s true. People like me who didn’t vote won it for him. But you see, the party didn’t learn the lesson that they should have from that – that people won’t vote if they don’t believe in the candidate. Instead, what they learned is – let’s get Obama to do an Internet video! Oh, and let’s get Joe Biden to run! That’ll beat Trump! The Democrats are hinging on “fuck Trump!” to win the next election, and I’m telling you now, it isn’t going to work. People like me didn’t vote for Shillary on principal. You think that’s going to change now, with the orange buffoon in office? No! I refuse to vote for someone I don’t believe in. Period.
He then makes a baffling argument – that we can vote in candidates who support the values we do. Did you learn NOTHING from what happened last primary?! We saw the party get rigged against a candidate that the people did support! Bernie Sanders was filling up stadiums. Hillary Clinton couldn’t fill up a high school gym. She goes booed at the DNC acceptance of the nomination. It was revealed that the DNC had to hire people to cheer for her. I don’t get why the Democrats can see this and learn fuck-all from it!
Excuse #4: Midterms are boring
Nobody says this. Who, anywhere, has said this? At what point has any person in any realm of existence actually said this? I want an example. Where did this “news” outlet get their information from? Probably the same place as BuzzFeed.
He keeps saying that we should be electing people who care about what we care about. And if there is nobody? I am watching the gubernatorial race in my own state, and there isn’t a single candidate who supports what I care about. Not one. They’re all tools. So yeah.
Excuse #5: I’m uninformed
Who, anywhere, has said this?! Is ATTN just finding strawman issues to talk about? This video clearly isn’t made for people who actually don’t vote on principal. Because there hasn’t been a single point that I actually believe in raised. He hasn’t talked about how unethical the parties are, how bought and paid for our politicians are, how the system is rigged AGAINST the will of the people and in favor of the will of the donors. How the Democrats have an entire delegate system in place in case the people actually find a candidate they like through Superdelegates. Nope. It’s just this nonsense. These are the top 7 excuses? Two of which aren’t said by a single fucking person anywhere! The video says that they got these from “YouTube comments.” On which fucking video?! Citation, bitch!
Excuse #6: I don’t know where I’m supposed to vote
This is such bullshit! If a person actually wants to vote, it is beyond easy to figure out. You brought it up yourself! Google exists, and the young know how to use it. Why is this channel making up strawman issues to be against. It baffles me how this video has so many thumbs-up. It really does. These aren’t the points that real people make against voting. It’s the points that someone who has never actually argued against those people do. Ugh.
Excuse #7: I don’t have time to vote
That argument is made by lower-middle class moms who bitch that it’s during hours when they are working. This is not the argument of someone who actually doesn’t vote. It’s so stupid. How on Earth does this video have so many thumbs-up? I need to know. It is of vital importance that I learn who the retards are who actually approve of what has been three straw-man arguments in a row.
Hey ATTN, I got an idea – here is my REASON that I don’t vote. Let’s see you get Obama to talk about this one –
Reason #1: Because our government is bought and paid for, the parties are either far-right or center-right, and we have seen time and time again that candidate who are favored by the people are undercut by the powerful, like a woman you endorsed.
If that video is ever made, please post it under this article. With baited breath, I wait.
Until next time, a quote,
“This is the best we can do, folks. This is what our system produces – garbage in, garbage out.” – George Carlin