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Germany plans to give vote to babies

Old 07-11-08, 08:47 AM
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Germany plans to give vote to babies

So, this article is a joke, right?


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worl...to-babies.html

Germany plans to give vote to babies

By Harry de Quetteville in Berlin

10/07/2008

Dozens of German politicians have tabled a new law to extend voting rights to babies, toddlers, children and teenagers.

The bill, which has won the cross-party backing of some heavyweight German politicians, would wipe away decades of "exclusion" and "discrimination" against minors, according to its supporters.

Currently the voting threshold in Germany is 18, with an exception in some states, where 16-year-olds are allowed to cast a ballot.

But that does not go far enough for the new law's backers, who want to ensure voting rights from cradle to grave. If the bill gets adopted, babies will have the same powers to voice their opinion on government handling of macro-economic performance in a global downturn enjoyed by their parents.

Toddlers will be able to take a stand on issues such as whether German armed forces should be deployed abroad.

According to the head of the liberal Free Democratic Party * traditional coalition partner of Chancellor Merkel's CDU party * the constitutional change would enfranchise 14 million people.

"Unfortunately in Germany, 17 per cent of the population, namely the children and adolescent, are excluded from political decision making," said FDP chief Dirk Niebel.

"This is a situation we cannot accept any longer. We generally have to pay more attention to their interests." The law is proposed as part of a review of voting rights which its champions hope will be in force for the federal elections in Germany next year.

"The Constitutional Court has ruled that election regulations have to be reformed anyway, so we should take advantage of the occasion to enforce children's right to vote," he said.

History is not his side however, with a similar motion failing to win parliamentary approval in 2005.
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Germany has a tradition of sending young people to war, so why not give them the vote as well?
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Yeah, but does it extend to fetuses in the womb?
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"I haff tventy eight kinder. Zey are mit ze sitter. I vill be exercising their right to vote."

Although it is only 46 out of 614.
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You do know what "tabled" means in this context, yes?
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Originally Posted by wewantflair
You do know what "tabled" means in this context, yes?
You're thinking of the North American meaning of "tabled", The British definition is entirely different:

Verb: table teybul

1. [N. Amer] Hold back to a later time
- postpone, prorogue, hold over, put over, shelve, set back, defer, remit, put off


2. Arrange or enter in tabular form
- tabularize, tabularise [Brit], tabulate

3. [Brit] Propose something
"table a motion"
A common people separated by language.
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Ballot instructions for babies:

"Puke or take a dump on the picture of the candidate of your choice."
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Originally Posted by crazyronin
A common people separated by language.
The British nanny claimed that only the investigating police characterized her treatment of the infant as "rough"; she never told them she had been rough with Matthew. Woodward also testified that she told police that she had "popped" Matthew on the bathroom floor and popped him on the bed. (Woodward told the prosecution and the jurors that "pop" is an English term that means "lay" or "place.") This testimony implied that police may have misunderstood the word "pop" for "drop" and therefore may have thought that Woodward admitted to dropping Matthew.
http://www.courttv.com/trials/woodward/week4.html

A friend told me about speaking to a British gal at a local delivery service for a job delivery. She informed him that she would pop it off by the post.
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With all the babies candidates kiss here in the U.S. on the campaign trail, the Germans must have thought they were just following our lead.
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Originally Posted by eXcentris
Ballot instructions for babies:

"Puke or take a dump on the picture of the candidate of your choice."
Why can't we have that as an option here?
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The best part of this bill is that parents can cast votes "on behalf of" their children. Awesome. Have a kid and the number of votes you are entitled to doubles.
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Originally Posted by crazyronin
You're thinking of the North American meaning of "tabled", The British definition is entirely different:



A common people separated by language.
Thanks! I didn't know that. What a deranged proposal, then.
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The Telegraph is the UK's Onion.
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