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That was the thrust of Anderson Cooper‘s “Ridiculist” segment [on Friday], involving a fourth-grade class who proposed a bill to the [New Hampshire] State House to designate the red-tailed hawk as the “state raptor.”
Instead of just voting on the children’s bill and moving on, lawmakers actually argued over whether voting on it is pointless. Cooper said, “They could have just pooped on the bill right in front of the kids.”
But he did think this was a great political education for the kids; showing them how lawmakers “take a totally innocuous idea, something that doesn’t seem like it could possibly be controversial in the slightest, then spend 18 minutes talking about what a waste of time it is while simultaneously nitpicking its details.”
And all of this in front of the kids. I can only imagine Cartman, Kenny, Stan, and Kyle sitting there listening. (Until Kenny, you know, gets swept up by a red-tail hawk and ripped apart on his way to the bus.)
They openly mocked, taunted, ridiculed, and destroyed these children's feelings... over a damn bird.
In minutes they destroyed the aspirations of 4th grade students to ever take a part in politics again. Instead of fostering an interest in the political process, they have turned these students off to it forever.
In the latest episode of the Op-Docs series “Electoral Dysfunction,” the political humorist Mo Rocca consults a third-grade class on the fairness of the Electoral College.
We simply held an election: Colored Pencils vs. Markers. When Markers won the popular vote but Colored Pencils prevailed in the Electoral College, it got ugly fast. Turns out third graders have an uncorrupted sense of fairness.
The men who foisted this system on us were hardly more enthusiastic about it.
One effort to eliminate the Electoral College has momentum. The National Popular Vote Initiative is an interstate compact under which participating states pledge their Electoral College votes to the national vote winner. It will take effect only when states totaling the winning number of 270 electoral votes commit. States with 132 electoral votes have already signed on.
I don’t know if this initiative will succeed — but if it does, it will transform American presidential contests by making them truly national races, in which every vote counts equally.
And I know a bunch of 9-year-olds ready to vote for it.
I hope you're right. I hope the teacher was able to mitigate the damage done.
"The gallery is open to the public, and there are children in the gallery every day," he said. "I don't know if we should limit free speech or limit the attendance in the gallery. It seems either one would be bad for transparency in government."
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