21st November 2022 Ardern promises Bill to lower voting age to 16years old after a discrimination ruling., follows the judges ruling that the existing age of 18yrs old breaches young peoples human rights. Ardern said that NZ Govt will draft legislation to lower the voting age to 16years old, after a landmark supreme court ruling. “It is our view that this is an issue best placed to parliament for everyone to have their say,”. But the people of New Zealand , the general public have no say. If there is any opposition in parliament the cards are stacked against them by the numbers of tf the Labour coalition.
The Supreme Court hearing marked the conclusion of a 2yr case that young people should be able to vote on issues such as climate change. (After Ardern’s Government has been indoctrinating young people on Climate Alarmism and promoting strike for climate change, workshops to make placards to promote Ardern’s Zero Carbon emissions through the school education system. Yes the young people have already been manipulated and politicized in a Marxist Socialist Ideology of Eco Socialism
The Supreme Court ruling does not automatically guarantee the right to vote will be extended, that can only be done by parliament… but now we have the wedge in the door that will be used with brute force and enforced by this socialist Marxist regime of eco-socialism The legal, clear message of human rights’. Human Rights for some but not for others obviously. Changes to the electoral law in NZ required 75% support in Parliament, so this would require support from National Party to become law. So far the National Party say they have no compelling case to lower the voting age.
The Green Party, Maori Party indicate they support it and Act oppose the lowering of the voting age to 16 yrears. However there is a thorn in the backside here for National and Act as opposing the lowering the voting age and that is ‘Will the legislation be decided upon with a Party Vote or a Conscience Vote?
Climate Action has certainly been Labours tool of actions, Climate Action School Strikes. Brazil, Cuba, Austria, Malta have voting ages of 16years and up. 16 yr olds can vote in Scottish parliamentary elections not the UK Elections though. And the insanity goes on.. David Runciman a prominent academic from the UK agued that the voting age be lowered to 6yrs old, saying that ageing populations meant now young populations are massively outnumbered thus causing a democratic crisis and an inbuilt bias against govts that plan the future. If the age of 16 years is discrimination, then let me point out so is ageism discrimination, and to set it straight going on the ruling of discrimination and human rights that can mean any age.. including infants.
Green Party statement as a response to the supreme court ruling is “We are calling on the government to come to the table with a plan to change the law to extend the voting age. “Young people deserve to have a say in the decisions that affect them, both now and in the future.”. Yep and older people have the right to come to the table to say what effects them too, and a young person of 16 years old does not fit the picture, do you really think they will care about the elderly.? But the elderly care about the young, their grandchildren and the world they will be raised in. The attorney general must now formerly notify the House Of Representatives that their legislation is inconsistent with NZs Bill Of Rights 1990. This must be actively considered by legislators and the minister in charge must respond.
SAGE Journals article “Are there any prima facie reasons that democracies might have for disenfranchising older citizens? Older persons are being targeted and politically scrutinized referencing political equality and logics of complaint. Namely equal opportunity of political influence and the disenfranchising of older citizens.
The proposals for reducing political influence of older citizens via age weighted voting. Older citizens could be deprived of their right to vote In 2019 the New York Times “Older people today hold disproportionate power because they have the numbers.
If disenfranchising older citizens ever came to play this would be very undemocratic, ageism, discrimination, loss of basic human rights. However the come back may be Political equality. Ardern may well apply “equal opportunity of political influence by the number of those in the older age group of the general population. But then again everyone should have equal opportunity, but we should add to this ‘Fit for Purpose.. Benefits outweigh the Risks… and the people decide.
Nancy Polosi on the subject of lowering the voting age said “Its important to capture kids, by lowering the voting age to 16. Capture them in high school, when they are interested in all of this, when they are learning about the govt” Says it all don’t you think.
My personal view is that -16 year olds are not informed enough about a households basic living expenses, about decriminalization of abortion up to birth, what do they know about assisted suicide Act and its very dangerous concepts. They do not pay the grocery, electric and gas bills. They do not possess the wisdom, maturity that comes from a number of life’s challenges, hardships and threats.
Some have argued that disenfranchising the elderly from voting would allow younger people to make the decisions. Referencing Christopher Buckleys novel ‘Boomsday’, a Generation X Blogger, and emerging PR star suggests to deal with economic, social strain of a larger Boomer population, the govt should offer people incentives to commit suicide by the age of 70 yrs. To be offered perks like free Botox, no estate fee’s, for those who opt to voluntary transition to death after retirement are to be treated as patriots and heroes on par with veterans. The novel is provoking as to what should democracies do when the interests of the elderly appear to be at odds with the interests of the younger generations?
One proposal that has been mooted in philosophical circles is to disenfranchise the elderly- eliminate the right to vote at age 70, once citizens reach a certain age they will be less concerned with our social, political and economic future. “WRONG I SAY, MOST OF US ARE MUCH MORE CONCERNED THAN EVER BEFORE.”
Its been said in some circles that, elderly people should not bear the long term consequences of political decisions and policies. Their votes are to be discounted, eliminated. Because grandma will vote against carbon taxes, so take away their right to vote. Grandma believes in traditional farming, will support the farmers, eliminate her vote.
But how about the Moral and Political equality given to All Citizens. Older people have paid their taxes, older people have fought in wars for their country, older people have gone to war and fought for the freedoms of their country what now are they deemed, or doomed to be worthless. Ageism is discrimination and against basic human rights, only it appears in this post modernised world only some have human rights and many others do not.
Now its up to Act and National Party to justify keeping the voting age at 18yrs. As the Conversation writes ‘The court has accepted inconsistency has not been justified, that does not mean the age limit can be justified, it just means that legislation can be found to be inconsistent with the Bill of Rights. The opposition must now provide the justification for setting the age of voting at 18 yrs old. It is said good habits start young, but so do bad habits also.
Labour, Green Party pitch is a ‘Greening of the World’ a Gaia Paganism, worshippers of the Mother Earth ‘Gaia’ accompanied by tribal feudalism. Promoting students to take time away from their education to take part in climate strikes for schools. Ardern’s too with her Zero Carbons. Yes these students have opinions and know how to strike, and know how to get their voices heard, their minds have been indoctrinated within the education system to be eco-socialists, that does not give them the right to vote. Education has been seriously dumbed down in New Zealand.
16 Year olds do not have the experience where they have to hold down jobs to pay for mortgages or high rent payments. They are not paying the power bill. Schools need to teach the young how to contribute to a civilized society, not to dismantle one. Under COVID more than half of the country’s school students failed to attend school regularly, with only 46% of students nationwide meeting the benchmark for school attendance, Wellington 47%, Christchurch 49.7% all failing to get half their students to class regularly
RNZ Reported 10th Nov 2022. Low school attendance further proof of decline of NZ education system. As an example, in maths the knowledge of a 15-year-old New Zealand student equated to a student aged 13 and a half 20 years ago. There are similar problems with writing and literacy. The Education System is in decline. The dumbing down of education. Head of the offices ‘Education Evaluation Centre Ruth Shinoda told ‘Morning Report’ “ even before the pandemic only 3 in 5 children were regularly attending school “We are not prioritising school enough” she said. Four in ten parents appear to be comfortable with their child missing a week or more of school per term, which adds up to missing up to a year of school by the child reaches 16yrs old
Education in New Zealand is being dumbed down that surely enough reason to say “ Young people in a dumbed down education system are not fit for purpose to vote in the genera; elections or the local elections, the risks are much higher than the benefits, there are no benefits only to those that have politically indoctrinated the young through NZ’s education system into a Eco Socialist Ideology of placard bearing Zero screaming kids that have never bothered to really do their own research.