• Old People Shouldn’t Be Allowed To Vote

    by • June 18, 2013 • Politics 4 Comments

    Or at least they shouldn’t get the full vote.

    I mean, why should somebody who’s 99 years old and might die in the next few years vote count the same as mine?

    Politicians are bussing in people from old folks homes – because its the easiest vote to win over.

    Don’t bother trying to win over the young folks, if neither of us in inspire them, then they just won’t show up. So, they don’t matter much.

    Instead, go to the old folks. They’re retired, so they are the only ones who actually have enough time to sit around all day and read everything and watch all of the debates, and keep up with all of this political BS. Cater to them.

    So, in an effort to make policies that affect the future, we’re catering to people who won’t even be around to see the future. And, totally writing off the people who actually have to live in said future.

    That makes absolutely no sense.

    Maybe we should implement a new system.

    Your vote only counts as much as your statistical chance of surviving the next 4 years. We could make it a 100 point scale to make it easy – everybody starts out with 100 points. If you’re 20, heterosexual, don’t smoke, and only drink alcohol on occasion.. then your 1 vote is equal to something like 99 points.

    If you’re 78 and smoked like chimney your whole life and have a family history of lung cancer, your vote only counts for maybe 15 points.

    Of course, this would never pass, because people would claim such a policy is discriminatory. I mean, beyond discriminating against just old people, they would also call it “racist” and things like that.

    Because, a black man’s vote wouldn’t count as much as a white man’s because you know… they tend to kill each other before they reach 40.

    A gay man’s vote wouldn’t count as much as a heterosexual’s because you know… higher AIDS rates and stuff .

    But, we can dream can’t we?

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    I mean, what if it was the case? What if it did pass?

    Then maybe, changes would be enacted within those societies. Maybe black leaders would stop bickering about silly things and actually enact changes to get the homicide rates in their communities down, because IF they did so, IF they only decrease THAT – bam! not only would their people live longer, but their community would instantly have a larger say in policy and a larger share of the vote.

    Then maybe the leaders in the gay community would stand up and say, “oh, you know that HIV rate in America, that’s largely on us. We got to change that NOW.” And, then they go, start a movement or something and change it. And, gay people go off, get married, live happily ever after, and HIV no longer exists.

    In all actuality though, the net effect would probably be a more gay-friendly and less racist government instantly. Due to the stark decrease in the older vote – there’s more bigots in their generation than there is in ours.

    We already have the data. There’s a whole industry that is already built around this exact data – the insurance industry. We could just pass a bill that they have to supply that data to the government. Or we could buy it from them. Or something like that.

    Just think. What if every time you drank too much on a weekend bender, you knew you were possibly decreasing your vote a little? What if you knew that every time you drank a soda, or ate any other awful food substance full of refined sugar, you would actually lose a bit of your vote, a bit of your voice?

    You get a speeding ticket, not only do you get a fine, but your vote decreases a tad.

    You get a ticket for drunk driving. You still lose your license – and also now, your vote decreases a whole lot more.

    You stop smoking, your vote increases.

    You lose weight, decrease your blood pressure, more vote points for you.

    The effect on both the behavior within the society and the behavior within the government would be instant.

    Everybody would be forced to think about the future more. Forced to think about reality more.

    I mean. I’m just dreaming though. But, it’s crazy enough to work…

    I know which party I’m voting for…

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    4 Responses to Old People Shouldn’t Be Allowed To Vote

    1. June 18, 2013 at 11:14 am

      I like your viewpoint on this William. Great article and it gives me food for thought when it comes to an article of mines I’m currently constructing.

      • William
        June 18, 2013 at 11:56 am

        Thanks man. Would like you see your article when you get it finished.

    2. June 18, 2013 at 11:41 am

      Controversial, indeed. I get where your head is at, but the execution is a little rough. Applying a mathematical equation to a voter’s eligibility kind of goes back to the whole “he’s only 3/5ths of a man” thinking.

      Instead of weighting the voters, put it on the politicians, or the system. Most legislation that is passed is pretty short sighted because it needs to get the politician through to the next election year. The fix to this? Have election years every decade, or more?

      Or, restrict all offices to only be held for the 4 years (and then they are out, for good), but the legislation and changes they pass HAVE to stay in place for at least 10 years.

      Or, go with me on this one, the attitude of voting that younger populations have just need to flat out change?

      • William
        June 18, 2013 at 12:02 pm

        Applying a mathematical equation to a voter’s eligibility kind of goes back to the whole “he’s only 3/5ths of a man” thinking.

        Yeah… true, it can get scary close to that kind of rhetoric and that’s one of the connections I was trying to distance the idea from in the post.

        Or, go with me on this one, the attitude of voting that younger populations have just need to flat out change?


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