Another day where I could work, write a blog post, write a blog response, or edit my book … and I had to drop at least one of the above.
So my post today is the comment, once again. I went to some effort. You can find it linked below. But before I get there, I want you to know one more interesting thing about Australian politics, and it’s very telling.
The infamous survey on same sex marriage is in full swing and of course it looks good for the “Yes” side. The statistics are also breaking down very interestingly, yet predictably: A huge majority of younger voters are saying Yes, a majority (but pleasantly, not a huge one) of the elderly are saying No. And this, to take a page from the book of dreameling, makes perfect sense. This is a world they don’t understand. They grew up with homosexuality as a perversion, transsexuality as a sickness or mutation, the whole thing as a crime. I don’t blame them for voting No. But they’re wrong, and they’re making things worse for innocent people. So there’s that.
I’d never dream of telling them they’re too senile and out of it to vote. Sooner or later, old age is going to vote them out of the species altogether and we just have to do damage control until it does.
Looks like I’m writing a blog post after all.
Anyway, the main thing I wanted to mention was this: Pauline Hanson, Australia’s very own Donald Trump and Whoeverthefuck McPeabrain who runs PerusSuomalaiset these days, has proposed raising voting age to 21.
That’s still young, of course, and won’t ban all the liberal activists from the pool. And the counter-proposal to lower the voting age to 16 is just terrible. I mean, even I agree that most 18-to-21-year-olds are clueless. But if you want to say they’re not adults, go ahead and raise the age of legal adulthood back to 21 across the board. Don’t give me that USian “drive at 16, vote and join the army at 18, drink at 21” bullshit.
But this proposal is exactly what I was talking about with the elderly – deny them a vote, get the result you want. It doesn’t work like that.
But of course, this is what the bigots party wants.
Anyway, that was interesting, in a horrible sort of way. I will now redirect you to my giant comment-reply in the main Marriage Equality thread.