Not On The Ballot (courtesy of Swistle)

Thank you, Swistle, for posting this on your blog!!
I'm re-posting it below as well because it is rad, but you should go to her blog, because she's awesome.
Not On the Ballot
Here are some of the things I think there's more than one way to think about, and everyone can make their own decisions—no agreement necessary from one person to the next:

  • what to eat
  • how and where a baby should sleep
  • bottle-feeding vs. breastfeeding
  • what religion to follow
  • public school vs. private school vs. homeschooling
  • whether to participate in advanced education
  • alcohol consumption, yea or nay
  • premarital sex, yea or nay
  • whether to use birth control
  • whether to have children
  • whether to marry
  • fixed-rate vs. variable-rate mortgage
  • how clean to keep the house
  • a good name for a baby

Here are some things I think there's more than one way to think about, but that a community needs to make a decision about as a whole—not deciding "right" from "wrong," but just deciding for consistency what can be done when:

  • driving age
  • truancy age
  • drinking age
  • marrying age
  • voting age
  • speed limits
  • public park curfews

Here are some of the things I think there is only one way to think about and are not open for community vote, because human beings have not been given that kind of power over other human beings:

  • whether skin color changes a person's rights
  • whether ethnic origin changes a person's rights
  • whether sex changes a person's rights
  • whether sexual orientation changes a person's rights

Posted via email from Amyella


1 Response to “Not On The Ballot (courtesy of Swistle)”

  1. 1 Suzi November 5, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    If you’re going with marrying age, let’s have an age to procreate too!

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