Today, we’re going to cover the second lesson from Starship Troopers. This is the second lesson in the mini-series. If you haven’t read the previous post yet, please do so right now and try to follow it in order.
Lesson # 4: Only let Americans who have served honorably in the military vote in elections
Quote: “Under our system every voter and officeholder is a man who has demonstrated through voluntary and difficult service that he places the welfare of the group ahead of personal advantage.”
***** Please know upfront that in the book, everyone was a citizen, but only veterans who served honorably were allowed to vote in elections.
My Take: Let me begin by telling you that I am a big fan of individual rights and individualism, and always will be. The U.S. Constitution was designed to establish and protect individual rights. And while I think that individualism is a good thing, it can create problems in elections and put our country in bad situation. I could start by saying that most people in America cast their vote to whichever political party offers them the most FREE government entitlements. If you don’t believe me, look how the last couple elections turned out.
When political parties and politicians offer people free government checks, free cell phones, extended unemployment, free healthcare, and promote the idea that everyone can and should own a home and go to college, and all these other crazy promises, they typically get elected. Simply put, most people will cast their vote based off what is best for them, not what is best for their country. And sometimes those two things are completely different from each other.
So for the sake of argument, what if only veterans could vote? What if only people who have been willing to join the military and defend their country (and served honorably) could vote in elections? What would you think about that? What type of impact would that have on society? I know there would be many arguments against it, while you could just as easily defend its merits.
Here are some of the pros and cons to having only those who served in the military honorably be allowed to vote (as I see it):
- You would have people voting who cared about the greater good of the country
- You would have people voting who were more concerned about the impact on the country, rather than the impact on them
- Not everyone is physically eligible for military service
- Not everyone who joins the military is patriotic or serves for the right reasons
The bottom line is that I have mixed feelings about this subject. While I can see the merits of a system like the book has to offer, there are too many grey areas. However, I do like the concept of voting being something that you have to earn, not something you get just by being an American. I also believe that voting is one of the most important rights an individual has, other than their personal freedom. What are your thoughts? Leave a comment and let me know.