Thursday, May 01, 2008

Comic Book PSA: Don't forget to register

From Showcase #5 (December 1956).

I wonder how many of these things in the PSA are illegal now or legal only because it may influence voters. Literacy test? Giving free babysitting services could be construed as vote-buying and what dirty trick-playing political hack wouldn't try to steer people who have a poor understanding of English into voting for their party? I comprehend English just fine and I have a heck of a time figuring out what those Vote NO on YES ads are really trying to tell me. Don't laugh or sneer until you read some history.

And 37 per cent of eligible voters didn't cast a ballot for President in 1952? I assume this means not the eligible people who were "mistakenly" listed as felons or didn't have photo ID but didn't bother to go to the polls. That 37% gave us Eisenhower and Tricky Dick! Ouch! We all know how that's turned out. Or maybe not. People forget what a candidate said a month ago.

The benefits of registering to vote:
  • You get to contribute to making things worse than before.
  • One less box to check on that form at the DMV.
  • You get called for jury duty.
  • Naive yet attractive college-age women may come to your house with many pamphlets, something most comic book fans are not used to.
  • 4 a.m. phone calls from auto-dialers with recorded messages about the "issues".
  • Going to the Candidates' debate.
  • The knowledge that you did something worthwhile, because that annual five dollar donation to the Salvation Army at Thanksgiving just isn't enough to erase all the crappy things you did to everyone all year.
  • The smug feeling you get when ignoring all those guys in front of grocery stores trying to get you to sign petitions and register for their preferred party.
  • Write-in candidates on ballots, i.e.: SLEESTAK FOR PRESIDENT.


  1. 1956...literacy test...I'm gonna say Binky was from the South.

  2. And in 2008 since everyone has access to better info or schooling, now it's photo ID.

  3. I KNEW there was a reason why Sleestaks always scared the hell out of me when I was a little kid! ;-)

  4. The "Tot Lot!" That's where you turn future voters into mindless zombies! ...or pundits.


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