I guess its youthful idealism...but in the case of the WDT political reporter who claims he does not vote, I would say the idealism is misplaced.
The quest for fair and balanced is an abstraction but the duties of a citizen are real.
People should vote...they can cast a blank ballot if they don't like candidates in a race, but really, one candidate will win and its best when many weigh in.
Plus, a reporter is exposed to the issues and candidates and is probably better informed.
The discipline is to be accurate and fair....abstaining from voting doesn't guarantee that.
It's easy to conclude both candidates are "deeply flawed." By whose standards ? And why aren't the virtuous and visionary people running ? These are the questions worth exploring.
We all have to make choices in all facets of life. Sometimes the alternatives are not the ideal...Whether its taking a job....deciding on a mate or picking a college. We compromise on what we have for dinner and we cannot always afford the car we want.
Life is about choices and compromises.
Perhaps the reporter choosing not to vote will read this before 9 PM. I hope so.
Watertown Daily Times Why I don't vote