Lowered Expectations

As noted the other day on the blog of Joseph Uranowski (aka “The Equivocator”), a couple of contenders for leadership of the so-called “Liberal” Party of British Columbia seem to think it would be a swell idea to lower the voting age in the province to 16.

My initial reaction was to regard this as a tremendously dumb idea, but the foregoing news story changed my mind.

As reported, only one lone individual out of a class of (presumably) 25 students (4% in pollster land) thought this was a good idea. The overwhelming majority of teenagers it seems figured they weren’t “mature” enough or otherwise expressed reservations about their capability to responsibly cast an election ballot.

Perversely, this forthright admission of their insufficiency in terms of being immature, self-absorbed wankers who are terrifically lacking relevant information about current affairs, more than qualifies them in my estimation to join the ranks of the general voting public that, for the most part, abundantly shares their shortcomings in these respects, irrespective of age.

9 Replies to “Lowered Expectations”

  1. With the general voter apathy having 16 year olds vote… well, it’s stupid. Afterall, it’s BC. We mostly worry about who’s got the best bud, not politics.

    Welcome back, Redtory.

  2. Nice to be back.

    Yeah, that’s kind of true these days. I remember however back in the old days when politics in B.C. was much more exciting and volatile, but the personalities were also far more fascinating (e.g., WAC Bennett, Dave Barrett, et. al). Another fairly insightful observation made by one of the kids in that news story, btw — there just aren’t a lot of politicians on the scene these days with “charisma” (for lack of a better term), let alone any fresh ideas.

  3. I’m a bit of a later bloomer where politics is concerned. Most of my attention has been directed South of the border.

    Here in Kamloops, I’m mostly a anybody but conservative voter. I hate religious politicians.

  4. I’ve always found American politics far more intriguing and colourful than the Canadian version, which tends to be a trivial snooze-fest with, more often than not, all the gripping interest of a municipal by-law committee meeting. I’ve found this increasingly the case in the past few years, especially given there’s so little real difference between so-called Conservative and so-called Liberal politicians. Even the NDP whenever they get into power (on the provincial level, at least) turn out to be not really that much different from the opponents they rail against in opposition. And then they wonder why voter turnout is so dismal…

  5. “more than qualifies them in my estimation to join the ranks of the general voting public that, for the most part, abundantly shares their shortcomings in these respects, irrespective of age.”


    American politics are more intriguing. We have 30M people. Compare it to the California political scene alone and it’s about par.


  6. Size matters to be sure, but it’s more than that, I think. It’s also the absence of serious issues and a bland “sameness” that pervades our political discourse that makes it so uninteresting and difficult for many people to get engaged. The Conservatives and Liberals are basically interchangeable these days in terms of their policy positions, something that doesn’t exactly make for scintillating debate. Most of the differences between the two parties are nothing but petty gainsaying for the sake of argument, which is just tiresome.

  7. Politics is a sport. It’s fun to cheer on your team and bash the fans of the other. Like all sports, the players are the same, the plays are the same and the rules are the same for everyone.

    Why again are we surprised the top two teams are basically the same?


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