Mike Rowe, best known for hosting the Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs,” explained why he’ll never follow the lead taken by other celebrities by urging his fans to vote.
The conservative Rowe, who also hosts CNN’s “Somebody’s Gotta Do It,” took a shot at Hollywood celebrities and their liberal politics in the process.
He took to Facebook to answer a fan’s request to “encourage your huge following to go out and vote this election.”
Rowe responded that simply because people have the right to vote in elections, he couldn’t implore them to do so, and likened it to urging his fans to purchase an AR-15 simply because the Second Amendment guaranteed them the right to do that.
“I would need to know a few things about them before offering that kind of encouragement,” he told the reader. “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?”
And responsibility is what it all comes down to.
“Casting a ballot is not so different. It’s an important right that we all share, and one that impacts our society in dramatic fashion. But it’s one thing to respect and acknowledge our collective rights, and quite another thing to affirmatively encourage people I’ve never met to exercise them. And yet, my friends in Hollywood do that very thing, and they’re at it again,” he observed.
He said that liberal celebrities urge their fans to “get out and vote” during every presidential election cycle, calling it our “most important civic duty,” noting that “they speak as if the very act of casting a ballot is more important than the outcome of the election.”
Calling those pleas “somewhat hysterical,” Rowe said there’s an ulterior motive behind them.
“Does anyone actually believe that Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen DeGeneres, and Ed Norton would encourage the ‘masses’ to vote, if they believed the ‘masses’ would elect Donald Trump?” he asked.
He described voting as “a right, not a duty, and not a moral obligation,” which carries with it a responsibility on the part of the voter. But even the irresponsible are allowed to cast a ballot.
“If you believe aliens from another planet walk among us, you are welcome at the polls. If you believe the world is flat, and the moon landing was completely staged, you are invited to cast a ballot. Astrologists, racists, ghost-hunters, sexists, and people who rely upon a Magic 8 Ball to determine their daily wardrobe are all allowed to participate. In fact, and to your point, they’re encouraged.”
Rowe reasoned that encouraging everyone to vote — regardless of their mental state or knowledge of issues and current events is crazy.
“When they tell us that ‘everybody in the country should get out there and vote,’ regardless of what they think or believe, I gotta wonder what they’re smoking.”
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