I had some time this morning to think about the difference between voting and placing an order on amazon.com. Here are some of the things I noticed.
- I do not have to wait in line for 40 minutes to place an order on Amazon.
- I do not have to get up at 5:30 AM and drive to an unfamiliar location to place my order before I go to work.
- I am able to use familiar tools, like my computer or my smart phone, to place my order, instead of having to use a special machine that I only see every two years and is unlike anything I would ever choose to use in the rest of my life.
- After placing my order, I get a confirmation that my order went through. I don’t have to worry that it went into a black hole and will never be found.
- As part of my confirmation, it lists the items I ordered. I do not have to wonder if there was a malfunction that led to me ordering the wrong products.
- If there is an issue with the Amazon system, they have a way to communicate that issue to all of their customers. They don’t just announce it in a loud voice to only those in line that can hear, and then leave the rest of their customers to find out about the issue when it comes up again.
- Finally, and most importantly, if I don’t like my experience with Amazon, I can simply shop with a different vendor.
So how is it that my government, whose sole purpose is to serve me, does so much worse of a job than Amazon, whose sole purpose is to “increase shareholder wealth?”
Now go vote!