What are people's problems with undecided voters? Is it really so bad of them to be hard pressed to choose between two lackluster candidates? What specifically got me thinking about all of this was a recent article written by David Sedaris. I have never read anything from him before so I'm not terribly familiar with his writings at all, but, reading the article I felt he was speaking in a very condescending tone towards the undecided voters.
The main problem I had with the article was how, in decrying the undecided, he completely missed the point about the demoralizing and detrimental political machine we currently operate here in the United States. We're a two party system, and he apparently wouldn't have it any other way. It makes perfect sense to him to have only one of two parties to choose from. Only one of two monolithic choices represent some 300 million people various attitudes and experiences on life and living. The two party system deeply disturbs me for the simple fact that it is one party away from a one party system. Add on top of that the fact that both parties are seeking whatever means possible to ensure their respective parties maintain permanent majorities in government. They are essentially fighting for a one party system. Why doesn't David Sedaris make fun of that?
The issue of undecided voters is pretty easy to understand. We have two parties who try to make themselves as bland and appealing to the mass of voters (50% or so of whom simply don't vote) in an effort to tally the most votes for victory. It's like how movies nowadays all end up being PG-13, allowing for the broadest segments of society to freely pay money to view their product, even if it means watering down whatever was in it previously even to the point of ruining it. Some movies simply should not be PG-13, they should be R rated. Politicians should not pander to any and everyone over the age of 18 and breathing. Stand up for something. Stand up for yourselves. Grow a fucking spine already.
If you're undecided in this election, good for you. Your commentary says more about the state of American democracy than anyone else who has a clear idea who it is they're going to vote for. For those of you not voting: kudos. Your message to the political elite and the rest of America is clear: the system is broken, and it doesn't work nearly as well as it should. Notice how Sedaris refuses to comment on that, if he is even aware of the fact that every president for quite some time has been elected by a minority of the population. Maybe he does have an article about that, I don't know. Based on what I just read, however, I'm not very interested in finding out.