We just had a discussion over dinner about politics – what the most important issue is, who the best candidate is, etc. I’m going to zoom in on a particularly interesting section of the conversation:
Person A: If it were up to me, I’d have a basic test that people would need to pass to vote.
Me: Eh, I don’t know. In theory, yeah. I just don’t trust the people designing the test. Actually, my idea is much more radical than that. You’re not going to like it at all.
Person A: What’s your idea?
Me: I’d restrict voting to people who are married with a certain middle class level of income.
Person A: …That’s completely insane. You know you’d be restricting yourself from voting?
Me: Absolutely. Married people are the people who have the most stake in making sure society is set up for the future, as opposed to instant gratification – government handouts. No question.
Person A: That’s so insane. What if your aunt wanted to vote to make a better life for her nieces and nephews? She can’t vote now?
Me: No. She might have the right idea, but single people in general wouldn’t have the same stake in society as married people. You don’t make rules based on exceptions.
Person A: So what if you’re divorced? You can’t vote now? Come on.
Me: No. If you’re divorced, you’re not as interested in the forwarding of society.
Person A: Well, what if your religion forbids you from marrying or something like that?
Me: Then your religion is clearly not going to have as large a stake in the betterment of the future of society, and people a part of it should not vote.
Person A: [For the rest of the conversation repeats how my idea is so insane it’s not even worth discussing]
…Annnnnnnnnd scene. Yes, this actually just happened.