On his show Friday, Bill Maher discussed the state of undecided voters and lamented how they, of all people, were the prime targets of political ads and the “deciders” of elections. While Maher is an idiot, let it also be said that a broken clock is right twice a day. Maher isn’t entirely wrong about undecided voters.
Maher said, amongst other things,
“And that, in a nutshell, is America’s celebrated, undecided voter: put on a pedestal by the media as if they were Hamlet in a think-tank, searching out every last bit of information, high-minded arbiters pouring over policy positions and matching them against their own philosophies. Please, they mostly fall into a category political scientists call ‘low information voters,’ otherwise known as ‘dipshits.’”
That is pretty much exactly how I’ve been describing undecided voters for at least the last ten years. This is why I do not recommend voting to everyone I know; sure, in a perfect world, people my age would care as much about politics as they seem to care about Jersey Shore. But, being the realist that I am, when I get the hint that the person to whom I am speaking has not the faintest clue as to what is going on around them, I generally discourage them to utilize their right to vote.
It’s like owning a gun- I believe everyone has a right to it, but that doesn’t mean everyone’s mature enough to handle it.
However, while I share the same mindset as Maher, it’s only fair to point out that through all his complaining about the ignorant masses, he is as guilty as anyone in helping to produce this mouth-breathing population of morons who get their information from the pretty, flickering box that “gives them information” in the form of jokes. “Infotainment” coupled with an educational system that revolves around stifling intellectual curiosity has brought us to this lowly state of moron-centric politics.
While Maher may be correct in his sophomoric analysis, if he really wants to change it, he should focus his attention towards committing to an intellectually honest show, or go back to comedy, where he can make jokes about airplane food. As it stands now, he has hit the trifecta- he’s failing to provide comprehensive, thoughtful political thought, his jokes are lame and he is helping to bring down the state of political discourse in this country.