Banal Thought of the Night: Katie Couric Says If You Don't Vote, You Can't Complain!


"Voting is a responsibility I take very seriously…and always feel great about being part of the process. Everyone complains about government dysfunction but I feel that you don't have the right to complain if you don't do anything about it!"

Read more from Katie Couric.

If there's one right that really is inalienable, it's the right to complain about government dysfunction (and private-sector dysfunction, too). Whether you vote or not. I like to vote too and to (hopefully) influence politics via writing and other activities. But if you don't want to do any of that, it sure as hell doesn't mean you can't voice opinions.

NEXT: New York Re-Elects Andrew Cuomo (D)

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  1. Read more from Katie Couric.


  2. Katie Couric doesn’t think. If you mute the TV when she is on, she looks like a muppet.

  3. Katie Couric Says If You Don’t Vote, You Can’t Complain!

    Try to stop me.

  4. Noted philosopher speaks!
    Oh, it’s Couric. Sorry.

  5. Hey, Katie, if the two parties keep my preferred candidates off the ballot, do I still have the right to complain? If you want to make stupid statements about the right to complain, then how about leading an effort to ease ballot access laws?

    1. I’m in California. Zero Libertarian candidates on my ballot.

      There’s no better guarantee of incumbent domination than the Top Two primary — all in the name of “moderating” the candidates, of course.

  6. “Everyone complains about government dysfunction but I feel that you don’t have the right to complain if you don’t do anything about it!”

    Not to use, you know, logic or anything…

    But the first people whose right to complain should be taken away are those who voted for the winners.

    1. Uh, that is an excellent point. So obvious and excellent I wish I had thought of it.

  7. I once went into a restaurant. It smelled like a decomposing body. There were cats on the counters at the buffet line. The waitress was delivering a plate to a customer and sneezed into it. I left the restaurant with all haste.

    By Katie Couric’s logic, I was only entitled to complain about this place after ordering the food and eating it.

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