What does your two-year-old think about Iran’s missile testing?

Germany wants to know.

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.
So, apparently this is not the first time this idiotic idea has been tried. Who in the world thinks that a four-year-old can understand the complexities of foreign policy? And of course, it is the German liberals wanting to let toddlers and children vote. They have the same logic, reason, and decision-making capabilities, after all, so I guess it makes sense.

Hat Tip: Moonbattery

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