Let’s just put this up so you can be as horrified as we are, and then we’ll talk about why it’s so horrifying…
The main player in this stupid video is rapper Lil Jon, who’s knocking off and thus promoting his newly-released track “Turn Down For What?” (the video for which so perfectly presents the breathtaking rot that is modern pop culture that it must be endured no matter how offensive in order to see where we are). Joining him are Whoopi Goldberg, the disgustingly insipid Lena Dunham and a host of D-list celebrities – Natasha Lyonne, Fred Armisen, E.J. Johnson, Darren Criss, Sophia Bush, Ireland Baldwin, Devendra Banhart, Ioanna Gika and Gabriel Valenciano.
At its best, this is a fumbling attempt to energize low-information 18-25 year-olds to vote by ticking off a list of issues the Rock The Vote people think might be motivating. But that would be entirely too generous a reading – legalizing marijuana, animal rights, “marriage equality,” gun control and the rest of the Hard Left agenda don’t particularly poll as the most important issues to millennials in comparison to jobs and debt, which naturally don’t show up in this thing.
But what’s a lot worse than the obvious leftism being promoted in this politicization of cultural failure is the complete departure from what has always been this country’s public ethic.
Our founders understood that it’s not the participation of as many voters as possible which makes a democratic republic successful. In fact, they were highly distrustful of the mob and knew it must be reined in if a republic were to survive.
James Madison: “A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it is but a prologue to Farce or Tragedy or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own Governors must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives.”
John Adams: “Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have a right…and a desire to know.”
Thomas Jefferson: “Though [the people] may acquiesce, they cannot approve what they do not understand.”
Thomas Jefferson, again: “No nation is permitted to live in ignorance with impunity.”
One more from Thomas Jefferson: “The cornerstone of democracy rests on the foundation of an educated electorate.”
James Madison: “The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.”
Finding admonitions about the quality of education and information among the electorate among our Founders isn’t difficult. What is more difficult is finding quotes from the Founders about how everyone in the country ought to be voting.
This is not because the Founders were a bunch of elitists. It’s because the Founders understood that self-governance is adult stuff, and that stupid people in large groups can do a great deal of damage. They were far more interested in minimizing the legions of stupid people than they were plying them with ballots.
And who can blame them? If you can’t find Washington, DC on a map, name your state’s two senators or the Vice President, identify the three branches of the government or know who Thomas Jefferson was, exactly why is it that your vote will actually improve the country’s decision-making?
Rock The Vote is engaged in degrading the electorate. If it was actually interested in informing the MTV crowd before dragooning them to the polls, it might be of some value. But cutting ads showing an obese Lena Dunham cavorting in her underwear and Lil Jon destroying his brain with marijuana on the way to the polls can’t possibly be shown as an attempt to improve the quality of young voters before sending them to the polls.
But ignorant and stupid people a mob make, and you can get a mob to embrace all kinds of bad ideas. And this video is doing just that while siccing the mob on your local precinct.