“Dirty Jobs” star Mike Rowe says he is not a celebrity who blindly encourages Americans to vote.
According to QPolitical, Rowe said he does encourage informed voters to vote, but inasmuch as many voters in this election are undecided, he says those voters should not blindly vote for a random candidate.
“That would be like encouraging everyone to buy an AR-15 simply because they have the right to bear arms,” Rowe said.
“I would need to know a few things about them before offering that kind of encouragement. For instance, do they know how to care for a weapon? Can they afford the cost of the weapon? Do they have a history of violence? Are they mentally stable? In short, are they responsible citizens?”
Rowe explained that every voter should go to the polls informed about each candidate running in that election.
“I don’t think more voters lead to better candidates,” Rowe continued. “I think better candidates rise from a more informed citizenry. And I’m not persuaded that anyone benefits from casting an uninformed vote just because their favorite celebrity tells them to.”
“I think most sensible people realize that celebrities who lecture us on the importance of voting are really trying to influence the outcome of the election,” he said, sounding vaguely like Donald Trump, who has continually said he believes the media and other corporations are influencing the election.
“If you’re famous, and you want me to vote for Trump, just say so. Then tell me why. Make your case, and be prepared to defend it. Likewise, Clinton. If you think doing so publicly might be bad for your career, then let’s talk it over in a bar somewhere, privately,” he said.
“But please, don’t hide your agenda behind some clever public service announcement that challenges people you’ve never met to exercise a ‘duty’ that doesn’t exist. That’s cowardly, and your fans know it.”
Rowe continued to say that Americans need to be more aware, literate and informed before casting their ballots on Election Day. No American should disagree with that.
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