after listening to a bunch of people phoning in to cbc and characterizing themselves as teenagers who were ‘overly influenced by the party with the youth movement, or a catchy song’, and therefore were not ‘qualified’ to vote…
for christs sake! there are tons of adults out there who make decisions based on shittier rationales than which party played ‘iron man’ as their theme song…
realizing further that voter apathy is a fuckin HUGE issue, and maybe involving people in civics at an earlier age can help break down the amount of jaded people of voting age who cant be bothered to vote.
i bet only 1/4 of the people age 16-18 would vote if given the chance, but writing off their opinions and influence on the civic process on the basis of arguments that revolve around ‘oh, when i was a teenager, i was more interested in who was goign to the prom’.
i forget what kind of argument that is, but it really grates when people use it. so what if you were a ditz when yuo were 16, and didnt give enough of a shit about politics to take the time to make a half-assed informed decision. just because you’re a tool doesnt mean that my own political opinions havent been fairly cogently formed since i was 14 or 15…i still think that I have a better handle on whats going on than lots of people who are lots older than us.
the appeal to the authority of age really sucks because old people are fuckin morons too.
rock on nathan cullen…ima write you a letter.