Skip to comments.Minister: 'Give Children the Vote'
Posted on 01/04/2013 5:36:17 PM PST by nickcarraway
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. This would give families a louder political voice and force politicians to take children and families more into consideration.
He argued that denying the vote to Germany's 17 million over-65s would be absurd, yet excluding children, a sixth of the country's population, was accepted without question.
Niebel's idea provoked constitutional objections from his colleagues.
Ingrid Fischbach from the Christian Democratic Union, the governing coalition partner alongisde the FDP told the WAZ that no one can argue against the idea's charm but that in reality voting is a private matter and one that constitutionally cannot be exercised by a third party.
She added that it would be hard to check whether parents were actually ticking the box their child had chosen.
Thomas Krüger, president of Germany's children's union, said that although he would be in favour of dropping the voting age to 16, and eventually 14, he disagreed with allowing parents a proxy vote for their child.
But support came from Paula Honkanen-Schoberth of Germany's national child protection association who said children should have voting rights as soon as they were born.
She said that children were often under-estimated and studies showed that they demonstrated interest in political issues from as early as the third grade.
Free Candy for everyone!!
Yeah, and let all of my 14 goldfish vote, too.
Here in America, we already have.
Ignorant Liberals and Democrats.
Child labor laws are “absurd” too then. Let’s get those young voters paying taxes to pay for those new ponies and free candy they’ll vote for.
I’ll bet that 13 year old German kids can make iPhones cheaper than 13 year old Chinese kids.
Why not? In Chicago the dead get to vote.
Yeah like they have discernment and experience to know if they are being deceived at that age by the politicians or not. Oh wait, now I get it...: )
How about chickens?
The “spiip” vote will be massive.
Yeah, and they all voted for Obama.
U.S. Dummy-cRATS to propose the same here soon.
Hey Jughead! They’re kids. How ‘bout letting them grow up first. Besides, there are already way too many uninformed and misinformed voters out there as it is. You commies need to give the “voter” thing a rest.
Give the vote to the unborn.
Why not? Given the apparent level of voter ‘ed-ja-muh-kay-shun’ in the US, children may be better informed than their parents.
So it is Justin Beeber for President (forget he is Canadian) and the Telly Tubbies for the Supreme Court and lets not forget Barney for Attorney General.
Yeah, yeah, I know, that WOULD be an improvement!
Hard to believe this is an adult with seemingly an important job would actually suggest such gibberish....
Why not let children drive as well ....?
You know as long as they can see over the steering wheel.....it’s OK
It's too bad those new voters are too stupid to know they are being played.
"For, behold, the Lord, Jehovah of hosts, doth take away... the mighty man, and the man of war; the judge, and the prophet, and the diviner, and the elder; the captain of fifty, and the honorable man, and the counsellor, and the expert artificer, and the skilful enchanter. And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them." -- Isaiah 3:1-4
This leftist simply seeks to community organize and champion for a new group of 'victims'...
I am surprised that the kenyan marxist has not advanced this type of "young justice" initiative yet.
I wouldn’t give children the vote.
What I would do is teach high school juniors about running elections then as a senior year project, put them at the polls to register voters and run the polls.
Seniors would be picked at random and will not work in the district they go to school in.
Just eliminated half the cheating and the kids learn about civics. Remember it is for the children.
You don’t see where this is headed? Age of majority will be dropped to 14 , maybe 12. You know what that means......
I am in favor of letting parents who are financially responsible for their minor children exercise the vote on their behalf.
Mr. Duggar, here are your 14 ballots, oh 15 is it?
Has Niebel changed his campaign slogan to "fifteen and ready" yet?
Topped only by the original "Death Race 2000" a few years later.
Let the kids vote!
And legalize abortions up to the fetus reaching 18 years of age. /S
Seriously, my dog has more sense than most teenagers.
Half the people in this country under 35 are juveniles, so I’d say we are doing pretty well already.
We already give overgrown American children the vote—from 18 until they’re finally off their parents’ health insurance at 27.
Raise the voting age back to 21!!
Quem deus vult perdere, dementat prius
Raise our voting age to 25 and watch things improve.
While we’re at it, lower the drinking age to 16 but raise the driving age to 21.
Gee, by the way the last election turned out, I thought they already HAD the vote. They were stupid, not ignorant. (sarc) As the old saying goes, "Ignorant is temporary, stupid is forever".
I see where it is going and I do not approve.