In states, parties clash over voting laws that call for IDs, limits on where college students can cast ballots

 

 

New Hampshire’s new Republican state House speaker is pretty clear about what he thinks of college kids and how they vote. They’re “foolish,” Speaker William O’Brien said in a recent speech to a tea party group.

“Voting as a liberal. That’s what kids do,” he added, his comments taped by a state Democratic Party staffer and posted on YouTube. Students lack “life experience,” and “they just vote their feelings.”

via In states, parties clash over voting laws that call for IDs, limits on where college students can cast ballots.

That’s a very dangerous line of debate to travel down. While I’m not saying it’s not accurate, I am saying that perhaps this speaker should look to his own party before making such a proposal, because many on the right “vote their preacher” or “vote their greed”, both of which are easily just as able to be targeted as voting one’s emotions. While this man is clearly just trying to get an edge for his party (whoa, instant gratification…isn’t that what college students go for?), if this line of thinking were to be continued down, it could result in some very dangerous precedents, to the point where it would be reasonable to argue that only people who have formal training in political science and philosophy would have any place voting, effectively ending our system of government. So much for libertarian…many of these Tea Party types have shown themselves to be so libertarian that they’re totalitarian.

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