Punchinello’s Chronicles

October 5, 2008

Undecided is not a Virtue

Filed under: View from the Bottom — Punchinello @ 3:16 pm
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Anyone who claims to be an undecided voter at this point of the presidential election process is either lying; they’re an idiot; or they’re so apathetic they aren’t really part of American society. And yet, to hear the news media describe things, so-called undecided voters are well-intentioned, meaningful participants in the election process.

One would think that to be undecided at this point is a virtue. The undecided person who can’t make up their mind about which candidate would be best for the job of chief administrator is somehow being reasonable, calm, honorable, objective, and studious. No: they’re idiots.

The inability to form a conclusion, being incapable of making an analysis, and the belief that whimsy and spontaneity are functionally useful is actually a handicap. It’s a demonstration of a poorly developed mind.

I’m not suggesting that these fools shouldn’t be allowed to vote. Nor do I see a practical way to ever have a voter eligibility test. But what I’d suggest would be that society at large and the foghorns of mainstream media editorialists should call these undecided voters to task.

Undecided voters should be the least interesting, least valuable, and least discussed block of influence in today’s elections. They should be treated as an afterthought, not as the “decisive factor” in the coming elections. The fact that these people are such an important factor speaks volumes about the deplorable state of modern education.

Imagine your daily commute to work. Now imagine that some fairly large percentage of drivers on the road at that time can’t make up their mind about what lane to drive in, when to stop or go at a traffic light, or how fast or slow they should drive. Imagine they’re undecided as to the direction they want to travel, or if they feel like making a U-turn at any given moment. Should these people be allowed to drive?

Yes, they should. But should they be given courtesies and respect as functional drivers on the road?

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3 Comments »

  1. “Undecided” suggests there is a choice, but one hasn’t been made. What were those choices again? Oh yeah…

    Comment by rjjrdq — October 5, 2008 @ 3:31 pm | Reply

  2. What a woefully inept analogy. What lane to drive in, when to stop or go at a traffic light, or how fast or slow one should drive are all things that are governed by law. There are, in most cases, clear right and wrong answers, and those answers are the same for everyone. And no, those people should obviously not be allowed to drive! There is nothing in that entire paragraph that in any way illuminates or describes undecided voters. So…fail.

    And, you know, I do think a lot of them are idiots. But a lot of strict-party-liners on both sides are idiots, too. People tend to be idiots. But to say that they should be the “least interesting” and “least valuable” is so ignorant there needs to be a word for it that’s stronger than “ignorance.” By definition, undecideds are the only reason to do any of this ridiculous campaigning. Moreover, even if hardcore party-liners were “interesting” somehow (and they never, ever are except when they go off the deep end), we already know they’re going to say their guy won the debate and the other guy lost. That makes for some pretty thrilling media coverage.

    I’m honestly undecided; I’m not sure what I am, but I’m not an idiot, and I’m probably overeducated; and I’m anything but apathetic. I feel no need to justify myself to one who calls others idiots while torturing my beloved language (“is either lying; they’re an idiot; or they’re so apathetic,” “making an analysis”…almost hurts to read such a self-infatuated blowhard write so badly). But:

    -While I have strong opinions on nearly everything, they don’t fall neatly in line with either party, and I agree, and disagree vehemently, with both candidates in roughly equal measure.

    -In three debates (and one VP debate, if you want to charge the principals with that disaster), neither candidate has answered a single question in a meaningful or enlightening way, instead using each question, no matter the subject, to regurgitate the same meaningless stump speech material you can hear him spew in snippets every night on the news. Neither candidate has given you any real reason to vote for him; if you hear anything they’re saying any other way, you were decided before either candidate had even been nominated.

    Frankly, I think either will do a fine job (that’s “fine” as something less than “good” but more than “poor”). They’re different in a lot of ways, and both have glaring weaknesses. It’s just not clear to me that the weaknesses of either one trump those of the other.

    Comment by Bill — October 15, 2008 @ 11:18 pm | Reply

  3. Nobody at this point of the election is honestly undecided. Being told that you’re woefully unprepared for life in the real world of making decisions may make you angry, but that doesn’t change the fact. I’ll give you another analogy not governed by law: Following through on a marriage ceremony.

    If you have to wait until the last day before getting married to decide whether to go through with it, you’re a problem; not a solution. If you really are undecided, then don’t vote. Make that your decision. If you’re undecided the day before a wedding, one would hope you cancelled the whole thing months in advance.

    Sitting around waiting to hear anything material or relevant in these moronic “debates” is just an excuse to avoid thinking. All the information we’re going to have is already in play, either through the media or online or in written materials from each candidate. Even to believe that staged “debates” are authentic is to be foolish.

    As you said, “I’m honestly undecided; I’m not sure what I am, but I’m not an idiot, and…” I’ll suppose you mean to say that “undecided” and “not sure” aren’t the same. We’re talking about the highest executive leadership position in the world. Anyone who waits until election day to “feel” the right decision is just that: an idiot.

    The main reason hard-line party voters have already made up their minds is that they too, are idiots. They vote on the party name, not any reality, facts, truth, analysis, or anything else. The true undecided voters were undecided back during the primaries.

    At that point, without enough real information on each candidates personality, character, ideas, agendas, and platforms, there had to be a lot of thinking and decision-making. Following the primaries when Obama and McCain emerged as the actual candidates, another decision was whether or not to agree with, vote for, and get behind one or the other. That was months ago, in an incredibly boring, long, nearly pointless “campaign.”

    This far along, after two whole years of blather, nobody is undecided except those who have no skill in making decisions.

    Comment by Punchinello — October 15, 2008 @ 11:43 pm | Reply


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