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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Gilbert Arenas, Washington Wizards guard (and my Cavaliers' perennial stepping stone), will not vote on Tuesday. He knows very well what it's like to sit things out, so it's not a shock. But his reasoning for doing so makes Sarah Palin look like a Mensa candidate:
There is a logic to Arenas' thinking but sometimes you need a map and a compass to navigate your way there.

"If you’re not registered to vote, you can’t get jury duty. I know that campaign Diddy had a couple years ago, “Vote or Die,” yeah if the alternative is jury duty, I’m going to die. I’m not going to get in one of these cases where they blow the jury members’ houses up to get out of the trial, I’m cool. I’ve seen too many movies."

OK, that's just regular stupid. For a new, fresh brand of stupid, Arenas keeps on:
"Obviously, our vote doesn’t really mean anything. Then you have this thing called the delegate, then you got the super delegate and then you got the hidden delegate that nobody knows about. If you’ve never heard of the hidden delegate, that’s like when you’re buying a car and they say the taxes on the car are 20 percent, and then when you look at your statement, they charge you an extra three, that’s the same thing. It’s the hidden fee delegate that nobody knows about who has all this power. They actually get to pick who they want for president. So when I start looking at it like that, that’s when I stop paying attention because at the end of the day, our votes really don’t matter. I don’t mean to be rude about it, but it seems like it doesn’t matter. If Gore wins by thousands of votes and Bush is president eight years later … come on."

I can understand Arenas' cynicism, but...come on.

First of all, he's talking about the Democratic primary system, which has nothing to do with the general election, the one going on now. If his biggest worries are the taxes on a new whip and not the cost of the car itself, it shows that he's already living on a different planet than the rest of us, especially when said whip likely costs more than I make in two or three years.

But what really chaps my ass is this whole notion that our votes don't count. First, cynicism aside, by definition that is what votes are supposed to do: count. Some brothers and sisters may dismiss that as naivete, but when I think of voting, I think of my ancestors - those that fought and died for our right to even do this. I think of my grandmother, who curses that she's not able to be as politically active as she was when she was younger.

I come from a tradition of politically minded people, so I accept that voting may very well be a bigger deal to me than it is to Arenas. But he is a bigger deal to young people than I likely ever will be, and for that reason above all others, I can't help but think of Arenas as anything other than selfish, out of touch and careless.

Wait...I have the perfect candidate for him!

(H/T: Al B, who had the quote of the day: "It just struck 12:01 at THE COON JOINT ... Gilbert Arenas, WTF... clearly a 'why we are not free moment...'")

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Blogger Yvonne said...

Gilbert:I met you once and thought you were such a nice "intelligent" guy! Your not voting comments have definitely changed my opinion of you. I'm outraged at your comments in this critical state we're living in today! While you're going to miss being a part of this historial election, you're also leaving a sour taste in the mouths of your fans. I feel you owe your fans and fellow Americans an apology.

October 29, 2008 at 2:49 PM  

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