My history class today was probably the worst thing I have ever had to sit through in my life. There is a really annoying, stuck-up, prissy girl in my class who thinks she knows everything about the world. She also seems to think that because she is going to university, that automatically makes her superior over the majority of the population in regards to every aspect of life. Today in class we were discussing the Putney debates which took place in the seventeenth century between people who wanted voting to be opened up to all men born in England, and those who wanted to keep it as it was; restricted to the upper-middle class. So this girl (I shall leave her nameless) decides that she would like to share her opinions on the subject with the class. Now that is fine, because that's pretty much the point of the class, but she also decides to go on a rant about what she thinks about voting today. Her idea about both situations was essentially the same. She believes that there should be restrictions on voting because poor people aren't educated and therefore they are mentally incapable of voting for a good leader (or the "right" leader - that was the impression I got from her).
Alright then Mrs. I am better than all poor people because I am educated...tell me how things are supposed to change for them if they can't even vote for someone who has their own interests in mind? Basically what she was saying was that only middle and upper class people should be able to vote. Alright then...so why don't we just implement a fascist government, make Harper our dictator and get it over with? Certainly that would be a better alternative than having the uneducated masses voting. Yes...we have chosen a Liberal government - the apocalypse is upon us!
But then on the other hand, she was complaining about Bush being elected, so in reality she was mostly just voicing her opinion about the people in the Southern states and the Midwest and all that…but still. Denying the right of people to vote, no matter how unintelligent, just goes against everything that we stand for. I may not like Bush but I can respect the fact that people support him, the Republican Party, and what they stand for. We are creatures of habit…many people vote Republican because they have always done so. Others vote for them because they think that terrorism is still a looming threat and they truly believe that Bush is the best man to deal with it. Perhaps others just don’t want to take the chance on a new President. In my opinion, Kerry would make no better a President than Bush, he just hasn’t had the chance to be in the international spotlight and screw up on anything. I’m quite sure that if given the chance, Kerry would be entirely capable of making an equally royal mess of things. Finally, many people vote for the Republican Party because they hold many of the same values in high regard. Though MANY people might not agree with these reasons for voting for Bush, I think these Elephant voting right-wingers need to be given the same respect as anyone else. Just because they hold different beliefs and value different things, does not mean that they are wrong and Kerry supporters are right.
I figure that it comes down to this: if you have two broken toys, which one do you pick? In the case of the United States, it’s the one that you’re used to playing with.
Ok back to the story. Here is part two: so girl number one previously said indirectly that uneducated people should probably be restricted from voting. Girl number two says, “That’s just like people who vote for the NDP.” As an avid NDP supporter I was taken aback and quite offended by this comment. She proceeded to overly generalize about people who vote for the NDP by basing her entire argument on one experience. She said that she was talking to a group of guys who voted for the NDP and they said that the only reason they voted that way was because the NDP would legalize marijuana. Now first of all I don’t even know if that is a statement of truth. Would they legalize marijuana? I don’t want to say yes or no on that topic because I really don’t know. But secondly, and most importantly, she said that they were some of the “dumbest people” she has ever met in her life.
Well to you Mrs. I ALSO hate unintelligent people…thank you so much for making that insightful and educated statement of your opinion…oh I’m sorry was that sarcasm? Why yes it was.
I hope to never hear such a blatantly ignorant and generalized comment such as that again, because the person who utters it will experience an unprecedented level pain inflicted by yours truly.
I thought we lived in Canada; commonly thought to be one of the most diverse and accepting nations in the world. It is times like these that I question people in general and their seemingly deep-rooted anger towards all things “different” from themselves and their own beliefs. If I can find two cases of this in my history class of twelve people, then clearly this problem is bigger than I thought it was. As for these people who believe in voting restrictions; move to Cuba or something. It may be Communist, but heck, you certainly won’t have to worry about any problems involved with voting and its outcome.
In conclusion, people know what they want individually, and that should be enough knowledge to be able to choose a leader who will satisfy their needs. Looking at the bigger picture is also important, but I think that most people, whether intelligent or not, have a tendency to focus on their own self-interest more so than what is best for the nation. Sorry to all you non-believers in fundamental constitutional rights, but I strongly support the right of ALL people to vote for the individual who will be in charge of running their homeland. This is the beauty of a democracy people; we can vote for whomever we want and if people don’t like it, screw ‘em.
Just imagine if your right to choose was taken away. Yeah. It would suck.
Thank you for listening to my rant, I feel better now.