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Minister: “Give children the vote”
TheLocal.de ^ | 4 Jan 13 07:16 CET | (The Local/jcw)

Posted on 01/04/2013 12:42:50 PM PST by Olog-hai

A German minister is calling for children to be given the vote, it was reported on Thursday. He said that excluding the country’s 13 million under-18s was “absurd”, triggering a backlash from other politicians.

Dirk Niebel, Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development told the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (WAZ), “We must give children a voice—in elections as well.” The current age limit on voting in Germany is 18, which, he said, was “completely inappropriate”, although he was not specific about when he wanted children to be given suffrage.

On a practical level, the Free Democrat (FDP) politician said that parents could take responsibility for overseeing their child’s vote or even using on their behalf. …

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Sure; why not give them driving licenses too? and allow them to drink and smoke? (Good old Free Democrats.)
1 posted on 01/04/2013 12:42:55 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

yeah....I tried it with my grand daughters one weekend when they were here. I let them decide when they wanted to go to bed, what they could snack on, etc.

last time I tried any dumb sh!t like that!


2 posted on 01/04/2013 12:45:04 PM PST by Gaffer
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To: Olog-hai

We already gave children the right to vote here in the US.


3 posted on 01/04/2013 12:45:38 PM PST by Raycpa
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To: Olog-hai

The kids can’t be much dumber than the average Democrat voter.


4 posted on 01/04/2013 12:48:30 PM PST by Proud2BeRight
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To: Olog-hai

This would be an easier argument to counter if adults weren’t degenerate dumbasses. How much worse could know-nothing punk kids possibly do?

Its a little like the gay marriage argument. My opposition to gay marriage would be much simpler if straight people hadn’t so degraded the institution by themselves.

SnakeDoc


5 posted on 01/04/2013 12:54:15 PM PST by SnakeDoctor (Come and take it.)
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To: Raycpa
We already gave children the right to vote here in the US.

And get elected to political office too.

6 posted on 01/04/2013 12:55:58 PM PST by shove_it (the 0bama regime are the people Huxley, Orwell and Rand warned us about)
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To: Olog-hai

Young teens can smoke and drink in Europe.

It’s a European thingy...


7 posted on 01/04/2013 12:57:26 PM PST by Delta Dawn (The whole truth.)
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To: Olog-hai

hum?
So give 15yo the vote, but they can drive til 16, can’t marry or serve the military or smoke til 18, and can’t drink til 21........because they are to stupid, yet informed enough and smart enough to vote.
Well, considering the idiots who voted for obama the second time....they couldn’t be any worse.


8 posted on 01/04/2013 1:02:28 PM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: Olog-hai

If anything, the voting age should ber raised.


9 posted on 01/04/2013 1:05:10 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Olog-hai

Hey, in 1945 the Germans basically told young teenagers and very old men to grab whatever they could go fight Stalin’s Red Army.

What does age matter? It is politically expedient for you to serve the Fatherland. Now go and vote — as someone once said, if you are not a socialist at 20, then you haven’t got a heart. By having the young vote, the Social Democrats think they will gain an advantage.


10 posted on 01/04/2013 1:05:10 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Nothing will change until after the war.)
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To: Olog-hai

Why sure, give children the right to vote. Children are affected by legislation, so they should have a voice in shaping that legislation.

But don’t stop there. Central bank policies can affect the price of pet food. Therefore, give the vote to dogs and cats as well. But I would draw the line at goldfish. Goldfish don’t seem very smart.

As far as hamsters, birds, etc. go, deciding on whether or not those pets can vote should be a states rights matter.


11 posted on 01/04/2013 1:10:15 PM PST by Leaning Right
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To: Gaffer

No, as in any vote, they get choice A or choice B.

Choice A = go to bed at my time so you’ll be well rested so we can all go the the water park tomorrow or

Choice B = go to bed at you time and stay home tomorrow because I’m not going anywhere with grumpies.


12 posted on 01/04/2013 1:12:15 PM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: Olog-hai

51% of U.S. voters in this past election were children. We’re way ahead of you Germans.


13 posted on 01/04/2013 1:14:23 PM PST by ScottinVA (More dizzying than a Tilt-a-Whirl is an around-a-circle argument with a liberal about gun control.)
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To: Olog-hai

This is only a natural extension of the trend in the past 200 years or so. I can’t imagine why it hasn’t been widely called for yet, except that people just haven’t got round to it. Certainly those who vote currently base on no other qualification than age and good standing citizenship are demonstrably less fit to decide things for themselves, let alone the body politic, than countless children.


14 posted on 01/04/2013 1:15:47 PM PST by Tublecane
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To: Olog-hai

They would regret that after Mickey Mouse/Goofey ticket won as president and Daffy Duck is appointed SEC.


15 posted on 01/04/2013 1:17:00 PM PST by Morgana (Happy New Year)
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To: BenLurkin
If anything, the voting age should ber raised.

Yep.

16 posted on 01/04/2013 1:19:01 PM PST by ScottinVA (More dizzying than a Tilt-a-Whirl is an around-a-circle argument with a liberal about gun control.)
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To: ScottinVA

And require property ownership or a valid paystub from somewhere.


17 posted on 01/04/2013 1:27:45 PM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: Olog-hai

Oh God no! Immaturity and believing in fantasy is already the problem. If anything the voting age needs to be raised, to at least 25 if not 30, employed high school graduates at a minimum.


18 posted on 01/04/2013 2:03:58 PM PST by Wiser now (Socialism does not eliminate poverty, it guarantees it.)
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To: Olog-hai

I’m all for it if you also make them start paying taxes like everyone else and hold them responsible for any crimes they commit. No more of this “juvenile” BS. EVERYONE gets tried as an adult no matter who old they are. I know it’s hard for the commie libs to get people to vote for them but this is absurd.


19 posted on 01/04/2013 4:05:44 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Where can I pick up a 2013 Mayan calendar?)
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To: Olog-hai
Minister: “Give children the vote”

We already have; they're called "progressives" and Obamabots.

20 posted on 01/04/2013 4:40:14 PM PST by publius911 (Look for the Union Label -- then buy something else)
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To: Leaning Right

Goldfish memories last three seconds. They also don’t feel pain. Some in government would think them the perfect candidate for enfranchisement . . .


21 posted on 01/04/2013 5:51:36 PM PST by Olog-hai
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