Friday, September 26, 2008

"In This Era of Googles"

Here's Jack Layton musing about possibility of lowering the voting age below 16, giving out of himself about the "Bush White House" again, and acknowledging the dangers of citizens knowing more about his own candidates than he does, now that we live "in this era of Googles."

And here's Robert Jago with his latest effort in Google-assisted citizen journalism, performing a public service in candidate-vetting civic hygiene, specifically: His poll of 45 Green Party candidates finds only five willing to use the word "terrorist" to describe Hezbollah.

Moral of the story: If you want to play with the grownups, you better start acting like grownups.


Blogger Bernard von Schulmann said...

That was my son Ben asking Jack about lowering the voting age.

Since he has been learning about elections and such he has wondered why there is an age limit for voting and wanting someone to give him a good answer.

3:14 PM  
Blogger Raphael Alexander said...

Lower the voting age among the apathetic and idealistic youth? How about not. How about restricting it until 30. Nobody under 30 votes anyway.

5:02 PM  
Blogger Transmontanus said...

Bernard: Good for your Ben. I hope he liked his answer. He sounds smart. I hope also that he runs for the NDP leadership one day.



9:01 PM  
Blogger W.L. Mackenzie Redux said...

Jack has always had his eye on the sandbox as a vote plantation...easy to fool "das Kinder" and you can buy a vote with a free I-pod download...great stomping grounds for the depraved form of totalistic partisanism which infects the Canadian body politic in this era.

Robert is proving the southpaw party gate keepers have a more depleted value system than the rest of us and their leadership seems intent on robbing the cradle, as it were, to avoid all that yucky rational responsible policy stuff you need for the grown up voters.

I'd like a peek at Jack's "nihalist collectivism for das Kinder" there's lots of socially destructive ideas wrapped up in some cool prises and contests.

Woe Canada

5:39 AM  

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