John Stossel - Don't Know? Don't Vote!

  • Published on Feb 8, 2012
  • For some, not voting is the patriotic thing to do.

Comments • 91

  • Nathan Hughes
    Nathan Hughes 3 months ago

    That why we should have a King 🤴

  • fairfax blaster
    fairfax blaster 8 months ago

    John Stossel WHERE IS YOUR VIDEO ABOUT the FRAUD FRAUD FRAUD of the scam Trump University???? !!! Where Where Where Where is your INDIGNATION when it comes to all the times TRUMP has cheated and LIED and scammed to make money? WHERE IS THAT VIDEO????

  • Joel
    Joel 8 months ago +1

    So, what am I to do when both presidential candidates seem to be a problem?
    What we need is less government, and the only way I see that happening is for both houses of Congress to have term limits ..... Do you think they are going to do that when they have the right to vote in their own salary? I don't. They managed to do it after Roosevelt to the office of the president, but they damn sure won't do it to themselves.

    • Will Roberts
      Will Roberts 5 months ago

      Unfortunately, less government is a partisan opinion - at least from the voters' perspective. No way it happens.

  • Mark Smith
    Mark Smith 11 months ago

    You know about Newt who is not a rep for your electorate- so you know useless stuff.

  • Morgan Faustino
    Morgan Faustino Year ago

    The problem is that people vote with their hearts and not with their minds

  • Tom Palmer
    Tom Palmer Year ago

    This last election I wanted to write a great big "No!" on the ballot.

  • Dustin Wyatt
    Dustin Wyatt 3 years ago +4

    I'm 36 and have never voted, and yet the world continues to spin. It just doesn't matter.

  • william waddell
    william waddell 4 years ago

    voters are very rational they vote for what best supports their self interest and that is why "democracy is two wolves and sheep voting on whats for dinner"

  • gthomson777
    gthomson777 4 years ago

    Like it even matters. Votes are rigged, and even elected presidents are assassinated. Democracy is an illusion.

  • Ozbrithian
    Ozbrithian 5 years ago +4

    You know I actually really respect someone who votes for someone I don't like if he can make an argument for why. I mean if you go out and vote for some left/right wing and can make good arguments for why, I will disagree with you but will say that "yeah you go vote and make your [wrong in my opinion] voice heard.
    I don't respect all the people who know crap about politics and go vote. People who voted for Obama because he's "hip" but are completely ignorant of him renewing and expanding the Patriot Act, just as an example.

  • UnknownXV
    UnknownXV 5 years ago

    We have other choices, but the best paradigm is that people construct this reality in their heads that only the two main party candidates have a chance to win. Essentially it's a self-fulfilling prophecy.
    Everyone thinks this, so it's true, yet if people voted for who they truly thought was the best candidate, not just the lesser of the two primary evils; we'd have a real system.
    I can convince a few people of this, but not everyone, and even worse, most people don't give a damn.

  • Anti-AnnieLeonard
    Anti-AnnieLeonard 5 years ago

    John Stossel 2016

  • Chris Elrod
    Chris Elrod 5 years ago

    good points however they fail to mention that we only have a choice between Pepsi and Coke so being informed etc really ends up being not that important anyways. It's all the same no matter which of the two Wall Street owned puppets get elected. Same lousy results. higher taxes. increased debt. and broken promises

  • DrCruel
    DrCruel 6 years ago

    The problem is that we can have either Joffrey Lannister, or Stannis Baratheon, or Daenerys Targaryan in charge. No one is letting us choose whether or not we want a monarch at all - if anything, the noble houses are demanding even higher taxes and sacrifices "for the good of the realm", and threatening to punish us if we so much as complain.

  • timevampire83
    timevampire83 6 years ago

    Stossel is one smart Mofo

  • GLaD OS
    GLaD OS 6 years ago

    You jeopardize the safety of our republic when you vote for a candidate whom you know nothing about; John speaks plainly.

  • Anthony Landrum
    Anthony Landrum 6 years ago

    I would agree entirely if the assertion of the video was asking for some test to be able to vote, but it is not. The video is merely commentary against "Get out and vote!" campaigns based on the logic that people that choose not to vote..likely shouldn't vote in the first place so they were making a good decision, and secondly those that vote based on some voting campaign usually vote stupidly - they vote how that campaign wanted them too.

  • Andy Ace
    Andy Ace 6 years ago


  • milflyboy
    milflyboy 6 years ago

    A) Mr. Stossel is not a politician.
    B) When does he say something inconsistent with us having an electoral college?
    C) In what art museum might I find the electoral collage?

  • ticks4ticks4
    ticks4ticks4 6 years ago

    So true---and today, the USA is NOT a true "democracy"--but a "democratic republic", or "federal republic".

  • therotaryrocket
    therotaryrocket 6 years ago

    Doesn't democracy allow the majority to rule? Therefore the majority could just vote to take the stuff from the minority. Now a that's a different story.

  • mmzen
    mmzen 6 years ago

    I really don't like this. I don't exactly want dumb and dumber deciding the election but who exactly will be the fucking litmus test decider who is smart enough on what issues to cast a vote?....seems to smack of the very east coast liberal elitism stossel claims to be against..who is smart enough to vote, the people who agree with his opinions?.....seniors vote in record numbers and they tend to vote for who can pander the most to them on social security issues.

  • Andy Ace
    Andy Ace 6 years ago +1

    A little elitist.

  • Scubaalex
    Scubaalex 6 years ago

    A democracy is bound to present problems as every form of government. But, America will come together at any time of distress, you can guarantee that.

  • ZombieTex1
    ZombieTex1 6 years ago

    This guy makes a great point at 4:25 that smart people don't always know anything about economics or politics, and when they make a choice, it's often a bad choice. I have a great example of that from my own life. I've known my friend Sam since Jr. High. Politically and economy wise, he doesn't know his elbow from an ostrich. For example, when Obama signed the 2012 NDAA including indefinite detention for US Citizens, he said "It would have been bad politics for him not to sign it."

  • LeonSkottKennedey
    LeonSkottKennedey 6 years ago

    they can, but either way it'll be the worst.

  • LeonSkottKennedey
    LeonSkottKennedey 6 years ago

    It is never surprising that many Intelectuals will support People even like Obama, many have so much money or live in such a way that they are far removed from the Reality of the World. Many also are stupid. Ron Paul isn't against Isreal, he's against taking the Citizens Money and giving it to ALL other Countries and not just minding our Business like Founding Fathers intended.

  • LeonSkottKennedey
    LeonSkottKennedey 6 years ago

    Democrazy always fails, that's why the US started as Constituional Republic :)

  • Rainbow Prophet
    Rainbow Prophet 6 years ago

    Im gonna post this on my facebook. Great quote

  • Brad
    Brad 7 years ago


  • rubbersole
    rubbersole 7 years ago +2

    Congress should be tested on any bill introduced to them before they vote.
    If they can't pass the test, they can't vote on it, and the results of the tests made public.

  • rmcdaniel423
    rmcdaniel423 7 years ago +2

    "Newt Romney"
    Yeah, that about sums it up.

  • Caleb Marks
    Caleb Marks 7 years ago

    Newt Romney 2012!

  • ShamanMcLamie
    ShamanMcLamie 7 years ago

    Ryan Caplan has a lecture that was posted on RUclip discussing the topic of his book the Myth of the Rational Voter.
    Here is a link to those who want to listen to it.

  • tonoklein
    tonoklein 7 years ago

    It doesn't matter who or how many vote. What matters is who counts the votes. "Missing precincts". "More votes than voters". Diebold. Dead people voting. Railroaded caucuses. I.e., election fraud. Watch "US Attorney General Eric Holder's Ballot to Vote Offered to Total Stranger" and "US elections, rigged and computer codes. ELECTION FRAUD!" You will not have legitimate elections until you FIX THE SYSTEM.

  • charlesvan13
    charlesvan13 7 years ago

    Vote or die. Either Giant Douche or Turd Sandwich.

  • TheRealRaz
    TheRealRaz 7 years ago

    Hey atleast he had some sort of idea. Most don't even know ONE name.

  • Timothy Powell
    Timothy Powell 7 years ago

    I love that idea!

  • TheRealRaz
    TheRealRaz 7 years ago

    Newt Romney. LAWL!

  • Clement Moraschi
    Clement Moraschi 7 years ago

    That's not what he's saying at all. He's saying if someone is going to get involved in something because they want to do the right thing, then in order to do the right thing and not the wrong thing you HAVE to be engaged mentally as well as in the act of voting itself. Be willing to admit when you don't know and find the answers for yourself. Then vote based on your reasoning not some flawed 'intuition' of a man on a television screen.

  • Gabriela Gagnier
    Gabriela Gagnier 7 years ago

    Umm, who should I vote for? The democrat puppet or the republican puppet. A puppet is a puppet after all, no one cares.
    I don't think Ron Paul is a puppet though. No, not at all...

  • rzxwm10
    rzxwm10 7 years ago

    He does encourage the people to learn. There are many people who don't pay attention and do vote. They would vote for candidates that their friends and family support without knowing why. Stossel prefer the stupid masses to become educated and informed. If you are not, then why vote?

  • Lukeor
    Lukeor 7 years ago

    Read Bastiat on universal suffrage. It's the most brilliant explanation of why pure democracy is horrible.

  • mariahawk5
    mariahawk5 7 years ago

    How much money will be paid to keep Buddy Roemer off the ballot? I hope he runs as an Independent, wins the Presidential Election by the people for the people.
    What are the Democrats and the Republicans gonna do then? They will start dropping out of Congress like flies if they can't collect their fringe benefits. $

  • rankhornjp
    rankhornjp 7 years ago

    @karozans I would feel better if they could match their name with a picture!

  • saleh2kx
    saleh2kx 7 years ago

    If you are confused and don't know who to vote for.. Leave it on the media.. haha

  • J T
    J T 7 years ago

    @monkeyfire087 Plus, if selfishness is stupidity, then selflessness is wisdom. In economic terms everyone is selfish, free markets being the means to an end for individuals. Saying someone is stupid, simply because they don't see it in a way you approve of, is arrogant.
    All I'm saying, if people resort to calling all their opponents stupid, then it's usually a sign they think themselves better than everyone else, which plenty of people don't like.

  • J T
    J T 7 years ago

    @monkeyfire087 And how many times have we heard greed is good, and that everyones greedy (synonym for selfishness).
    As for your labor union point, what happened to GM, you might say look at the workers who were laid off. You know what they got, 85% of their pay, full benefits for three years, before having to find work at a plant. That's the marvel of govt intervention and voting for protectionism at the expense of everyone else.

  • stevemcgee99
    stevemcgee99 7 years ago

    @CountArtha Especially after SOPA and PIPA, or their replacements snuck into 'feed blind children act', etc.

  • Waifu Trump
    Waifu Trump 7 years ago

    Ron Paul would get 100% of the vote if people just followed this advice...

  • Waifu Trump
    Waifu Trump 7 years ago

    "The Situation"
    ...some guy actually calls himself that, what the fuck.
    I hate mainstream 'culture' or lack there of...

  • DavidDayDesign
    DavidDayDesign 7 years ago

    @chrisx2k6 hahhaha. i wouldn't trust your understanding of "international affairs". how dare you comment on RP's credentials on foreign affairs while making trite comments such as "not presidential... too old..." What? Is this American Idol for you? Wake up.

  • chrisx2k6
    chrisx2k6 7 years ago

    Fuck Ron Paul, and his international naivety...All of you supporters are just wasting time and energy...He's not presidential, is too old and is not electable. That is all.

  • bjarnet3
    bjarnet3 7 years ago

    Who is this,, "Newt Romney" LOL

  • HandyMan101
    HandyMan101 7 years ago

    People are too stupid to vote for Ron.

  • longlivecrow
    longlivecrow 7 years ago

    Democracy fails as soon as one candidate offers you something that belongs to someone else.

  • zvi303
    zvi303 7 years ago

    I've always felt this way.

  • 2Sucubi1Chalice
    2Sucubi1Chalice 7 years ago

    @groam6666 selfishness is stupidity, when you do something for your gain at the expense of others you are being reckless and shortsighted which is stupid. so when you unionize now for your benefit you hurt your self in the long term when companies start going under because of labor costs.

  • Joe11Blue
    Joe11Blue 7 years ago

    @obiwan1947 Quit spread lies please.

  • Pwecko
    Pwecko 7 years ago

    The best thing would be if nobody voted. Then none of the politicians could claim that they had a mandate. Don't co-operate with the state - Don't vote.

  • allksjndlkasjdkl
    allksjndlkasjdkl 7 years ago

    @fletcher3913 In more ways than one.

  • Philena Farley
    Philena Farley 7 years ago

    @RSG132 Don't come visit. You could get stupifide!

  • MJM TV
    MJM TV 7 years ago

    i live in Austria and i know all these candidates
    and i don't know the Situation guy

  • J T
    J T 7 years ago

    There's a difference between stupidity and selfishness. Voters are selfish, not stupid. They don't care about the economic ramifications as long as it benefits them in the short run. When workers decide to unionize in an industry, it hurts everyone else, but it's great for them, same in politics.
    Calling your opponents stupid for simply looking at things differently makes you just like everyone else, worshiping your own god, as Friedman said.
    Are we implying that political freedom is bad?

  • fletcher3913
    fletcher3913 7 years ago +1

    We absolutely get the government we deserve... unfortunately.

  • The Prophet From Trailopen

    @batfly No, Obama will start off only killing the old people who dont vote for him. How will he know? Ask GOOGLE, who has already gotten into bed with the tyrant. They'll have every email u ever wrote. How will he kill them? Simple: They remain on medical WAITING LISTS, while every Acorn trickster, illegal immigrant and pervert votes 100 times a day on Election Day.

  • The Prophet From Trailopen

    @Panpiper No, I went to Ron Pauls CONVENTION IN MINNEAPOLIS. There were plenty of stands selling the Palestinian cause there. It sounds like - since apparently YOU HAVENT BEEN TO ONE - that you might want to take your own advice, and get an education on this anti-semetic jerk. I'm not saying all his followers are.

  • residentzombie
    residentzombie 7 years ago

    @EltonJThe The best thing for American would be to get rid of the withholding tax so they have to send a check in every 3 months to the government. When people get their paychecks, they always forget to look at how much money the government stole from them. If they had to write a check themselves and mail it, they would know exactly how much the government steals from them.

  • residentzombie
    residentzombie 7 years ago

    @EltonJThe Actually it would need to be the first Tuesday following April 15, but point well taken.

  • Peter Cohen
    Peter Cohen 7 years ago

    @obiwan1947 "Paul's people..."
    I see, so you talked to a couple or a few people who were clueless about the Arab/Isreali situation, and from that have concluded that 'all' of "Paul's people..." are therefor anti-semite.
    I've got news for you. When Stossel was talking about how people should not vote because they are too stupid to understand anything, he was talking about you.

  • dimeuno
    dimeuno 7 years ago +1

    [Mitt Romney] "Looks like Will Ferrell." @1:07

  • aybesee123
    aybesee123 7 years ago

    When times are good people become ignorant of economics and politics, this is because they haven't felt any pain. While they sleep in ignorant bliss there is movement in the shadows, a harvesting of freedoms and wealth our forefathers died for. When all falls there will be a hunger for answers, but it will be to late. You will have an educated but impoverished society full of regret, It will be a long road home...

  • jrgenkratz
    jrgenkratz 7 years ago

    I know, and I don't vote. Voting is violence.

  • The Prophet From Trailopen

    @bikehard1994 Ive been to Paul's meetings: He Appears intelligent. Many Germans who loved Hitler had PhDs. Paul's people feel the Palestinian murdering Muslims are really OK compared to the Israelis, and are the way they are BECAUSE of the Jews. Elie Weisel, the famed Nazi hunter, said it best: "They get their anti-semitism in their mother's milk."

  • A different perspective

    lmao our future..... ahh

  • Joe11Blue
    Joe11Blue 7 years ago

    @batfly How did you get that from this video?

  • xxbobdeexx
    xxbobdeexx 7 years ago

    I believe if you are collecting any form of government assistance you should NOT be able to vote.

  • CountArtha
    CountArtha 7 years ago +1

    Don't worry, America: The media will make sure you vote for the right candidates!

    • Somethin Aint Right Here
      Somethin Aint Right Here 8 months ago

      or freak out every day until the next election and THEN make sure you vote for the right candidates

  • tk4227
    tk4227 7 years ago

    thanks for posting. great bit

  • squidly1117
    squidly1117 7 years ago

    @EltonJThe And get rid of witholding - make everyone write a check and vote on April 15th.

  • William Napoli
    William Napoli 7 years ago

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  • waypasthadenough
    waypasthadenough 7 years ago

    If you sit home waiting your turn you deserve to have your gun taken from your cold dead hands.
    The Founders didn’t wait for the Brits to knock down their doors. They gathered at the green and stood up like men and they killed government employees all the way back to Boston.
    What will you do when it’s time to hunt NWO hacks, republicrats and commies(“Liberals” and ‘progressives’)?
    Don't understand? Follow my links. Read the quotes page first. Then read my column ‘Prepping for Slavery’

  • Elton Robb
    Elton Robb 7 years ago

    Actually, we should have elections on April 15. That is Tax Day. A lot of Americans would be into politics in order to vote if we had elections on April 15. A lot of politicians would not have been voted in.

  • Let's ChangeTip
    Let's ChangeTip 7 years ago

    Don't know vote, do know then you wont wanna vote.

  • Morkvonork
    Morkvonork 7 years ago

    Problem is fanatics like greens and socialist rally a lot of stupid sheep together to vote them and when the people who know they are not qualified to cast a vote stay at home, the fanatics win.

  • RWDY
    RWDY 7 years ago

    @fzqlcs I can see that. I guess this video should be taken more as "in addition" to voter education as opposed to trying to supplant or denigrate it.

  • fzqlcs
    fzqlcs 7 years ago

    @RWDY Also, promoting the education of voters would also be preferable to simply telling them to vote. A good choice is better than no choice. No choice is better than a bad choice.

  • RWDY
    RWDY 7 years ago

    One would think promoting the education of voters would be preferable to telling them not to bother at all.

  • Finlandcitizen
    Finlandcitizen 7 years ago

    Pete? I just love when Bryan bashes Boettke :D