Richard N. Smith admitted today, in an interview on C-SPAN that he has not voted in the last two presidential elections. Smith was interviewed by Brian Lamb along with Douglas Brinkley to put the ’08 Campaign in historical perspective. So, why does Smith not vote? He prefaced his comments by saying, “I think it is important not to lie to people.” Smith believes that it would compromise his position as historical adviser for PBS’s Newshour campaign coverage, which he has done for the last eight years. Smith said something to the effect that he felt conflicted between having to answer questions about his personal political views and his role as historical adviser for PBS. Apparently his political-historical commentary is somehow rendered more legitimate because Smith does not vote. Can someone please tell me how such a position trumps your civic duty to vote at a time when we are lucky to get 52% of eligible voters to the polls? C’mon..the guy writes presidential biographies for crying out loud.
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