#22 Posted on 10.3.04 1531.18 Reposted on: 10.3.11 1531.33
Originally posted by TheBucsFanIMy biggest problem with this proposal is the quarter- or half-vote the teenagers would hold. Give them a vote or no vote. They are not a quarter of a person.
It smacks a little of the three-fifths rule. It also shoots the whole proposal in the foot by admitting right off the top that children are not well placed to make decisions that affect all of us.
John Vasconcellos--well, it figures. Yes, I used to live in his district. No, I do not believe that low voter turnout is a terrible plague on this country; if you aren't interested enough to educate yourself on the issues and the candidates, please stay home. The Constitution was not constructed to encourage simple majority rule, and I think rightly. It is not necessary to dilute the votes of motivated adults by dragging adolescents to the polls along with everyone who can't lift a finger to pick up a newspaper.
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#23 Posted on 10.3.04 1950.49 Reposted on: 10.3.11 1950.54
Heres an idea guys, since the average American teenager can't even point out his country's capitol on a map, how about we EDUCATE them so when they are 18 they can make a respectable decision on election day. You know, maybe have them read a book, pass classes in order to make it to the next grade. Not that hard people!
You can talk all you want about taxation, true, but does it replace common sense? Would you feel comfortable placing your government in the hands of the same people who think Avril Laving is a rebel punk? And would you feel comfortable in placing your government in the hands of the same people who feel being an individual is dressing in the same clothes as MTV hands you and your entire school? Wasn't but 7 years ago I was 16, and I sure the hell wasn't capable of making a decision without listening to a Marylin Manson or Pantera CD for guidance, and then I had to run it by the leader of our burnout clique to make sure I didn't break the cliquish norms, and I'm sure all of you were the same way.
There are just so many intangibles I could go on til the point of no return; and you have to take them into consideration, and once you do, I don't see how you could support such an act.
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