Vermont’s Scandinavian-style socialist, Bernie Sanders, has called for a government declared holiday on election day.
From Sanders’ Senate website:
Coming off an Election Day with extremely low voter turnout, Sen. Bernie Sanders announced on Friday that he will introduce legislation to make Election Day a national holiday. “In America, we should be celebrating our democracy and doing everything possible to make it easier for people to participate in the political process. Election Day should be a national holiday so that everyone has the time and opportunity to vote. While this would not be a cure-all, it would indicate a national commitment to create a more vibrant democracy,” said Sanders, who was not on the ballot on Tuesday.
It is doubtful if this scheme will increase voter turnout. Like so many government bureaucrats, Sanders misses the point – people refuse vote because they see absolutely no reason to do so. Elections are largely useless and merely reaffirm the state’s control over the individual. Most politicians are one-size-fits-all statists who vote to continue endless wars and endless fleecing by the Federal Reserve and the financial class.
In addition, the idea of yet another government sanctioned holiday – the Roman Empire ended up with half the calendar year dedicated to holidays – would benefit only government workers. Most business cannot afford to give employees paid holidays. Of course, the government could always make it a crime not to observe “Democracy Day,” as Sanders calls it.
Bernie needs to be more proactive. If he wants record numbers of voters to turn out, he might think about having the state gave away free pizza and beer people at the polls.