"Children are one third of our population and all of our future."
-Select Panel for the Promotion of Child Health

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Children and the Right to Vote?

It's no surprise to anyone that the decisions being made today are affecting our generation and the generations to come even after us. Most of the decisions are hurting us more than helping. So the question is, should children have a vote? As the baby boomers age, they're going to want their piece of the pie and that means growing the national debt more and more. Baby boomers come out in large numbers to vote, so to counter their vote, the idea of children voting has been discussed. I think it's a bad idea because most kids are influenced by what their parents believe, and would vote blindly. I think us kids will be a generation that sends the U.S. in the right direction, but it's not our time for that kind of decision making yet. Parents of children might be given the extra votes instead of the children themselves, but it's safe to say more parents would vote for their own interests, not the interests of their child. I just don't see this ever happening and I don't see the benefits of something like this outweighing the potential abuse of power it could create.

Should children have the right to vote?

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