The best evidence that young women need to get out and vote is the sheer number of conservatives who are telling them not to, and it should surprise nobody to learn that most of these conservatives are of the Faux News persuasion.
On the October 21st edition of The Five, Kimberly Guilfoyle suggested that young woman shouldn’t exercise their civic duties because “they don’t get it.” She made the remarks after co-host Greg Gutfield implied that women aren’t wise enough to vote for the Big Brother Jesus Party of Goodsex and Thoughtcrime. Guilfoyle suggested that women should be excused from jury duty, because of a lack of experience and that they “don’t get it.” Instead, Guilfoyle suggested that women “go back on Tinder and Match.com,” because you know them silly wimminz. Always gotta have a man in their life.
And yet, we let Tea Baggers vote. Keep government hands out of my medicare!
That’s what the Democrats do, giving Newports to the homeless to get them to the polls. That’s literally true. Republicans shouldn’t follow suit on that. You shouldn’t pander to people. Tell us what the candidates are for, what they’re against. Attack the other guy, that’s fair too. I’m all for attack ads, but you’re targeting people — you’re targeting people who are watching Say Yes To The Dress? You want your government run by people … who’s favorite show is Say Yes To The Dress.
This democracy thing . . . I’m not sure Carlson understands how it works, but then, I’m not convinced Carlson understands how much anything works. I’d rather it be people whose favorite show is Say Yes To the Dress than whose favorite paper is the National Review Online that run this country.
And speaking of the National Review Online; a September 28 post challenging Lena Dunham for her attempts to encourage young women to vote by Kevin D. Williamson provided “Five Reasons Why You’re Too Dumb To Vote.” Williamson called voting a “shallow gesture of citizenship” which women use to say “I want.” In his post, Williamson urged those who didn’t agree with him politically not to vote at all:
I would like to suggest, as gently as I can, that if you are voting as an act of self-gratification, if you do not understand the role that voting in fact plays in a constitutional republic, and if you need Lena Dunham to tell you why and how you should be voting — you should not vote. If you get your politics from actors and your news from television comedians — you should not vote. There’s no shame in it, your vote is statistically unlikely to affect the outcome of an election, and there are many much more meaningful ways to serve your country and your fellow man: Volunteer at a homeless shelter; join the Marine Corps; become a nun; start a business.
Getting your politics from actors is bad. Electing actors, now, that’s a different matter.
Here’s my question: does he include Fox news in that description of “comedians” and “actors?” Fox isn’t particularly humorous, but it’s nothing if not an extended, 24/7 joke playing on national TV.