COLUMN: Election indifference

Tomorrow, the election will occur, and, hopefully by late Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, we will know who the next president of the United States will be.

I’m kind of indifferent, and I almost don’t care.

I care just enough to tune into CNN and stay up-to-date about the happenings of the Obama and Romney campaigns right up until the final votes are tallied.

It’s sort of like the last few innings of the World Series or the last few minutes of the NBA Finals. I’ll tune in for a moment, then, once I know the winner, I go back to whatever happened to be occupying my time.

That’s about the extent to which I care about the elections this year, or any year for that matter.

And the old creed of “if you don’t vote, you can’t complain” applies here. So I won’t complain. I’ll just go on living.

For me, on the most basic level, elections and voting don’t change how I live my day-to-day life. Or maybe they do in such ways I’m totally unaware of. It’s probably a bit of both.

I’m a journalist. Staying informed on local, state and national issues is kind of a prerequisite. Mostly though, my television in my room is off, and I’ll check CNN on my phone a couple times a day. Not too much on the information-gathering front.

Staying informed and making an informed decision about who the next leader of the free world will be is pretty important.

That’s the reason I’m not voting this year: I honestly care too much that I hold myself to a high standard of knowledge regarding issues, and, if I don’t know the issues, voting on them seems kind of absurd. It’s like buying a house without a thorough inspection first. No one would do that.

It’s not that I don’t care. It might seem that way since I’m not voting, but it’s quite the opposite.


  1. Obama lied to you and you are disappointed-disillusioned . Obama was and still is an illusion. The real Obama is a mean spirited third rate intellect with no real ability to communicate and draw people together and walk them towards a mutually beneficial common goal. Watch carefully how President Romney is able to bring these waring groups together for the nations common good. I hope to God you young people have come understand that when it comes to electing national leaders they must have the credentials of leadership before they can lead. Obama does not and nor did he attempt to develop that skill.

    Well now that you know that the media created a false idol for you to worship. What will you do with your disappointment? When you have reached your emotional bottom . It is my hope that you focus like a laser beam on the mass media machine as the cause of your depression and shame. And begin the long process of bringing them to heel. If you do not force them to tell the truth you are going to lose your republic.

  2. CMU Alum '78 says:

    Huh?? This editorial makes no sense. “I’m kind of indifferent, and I almost don’t care.” Then you close with: “It’s not that I don’t care.” This is the main problem with your generation: your indifference to what is truly important, and an inability to want to make an informed decision. Not voting in any election is stupid.

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