Mike "Dirty Jobs" Rowe has a few things to say about the presidential nominations, and what it means to have a right to vote. First, a recognition that politics is downstream from (the trashy, splintery) culture. "Sure, we can blame the media, the system, and the candidates themselves, but let’s be honest – Donald and Hillary are there because we put them there. The electorate has tolerated the intolerable. We’ve treated this entire process like the final episode of American Idol. What did we expect?"
Then some advice about how to get yourself a liberal education, something the higher education establishment has forgotten how to do. "Spend a few hours every week studying American history, human nature, and economic theory. Start with 'Economics in One Lesson.' Then try Keynes. Then Hayek. Then Marx. Then Hegel. Develop a worldview that you can articulate as well as defend. Test your theory with people who disagree with you. Debate. Argue. Adjust your philosophy as necessary. Then, when the next election comes around, cast a vote for the candidate whose worldview seems most in line with your own."
But if a voter opts out? Just because you can, it doesn't follow that you must. We enjoy a right to keep and bear arms, but somehow a lot of people go through life without an arsenal at home.