slideshow/priory/News
  • /_files/images/slideshow/priory/News/1DC1B96BCD40ABBF58E488FD4CAC3C3F.jpg
  • /_files/images/slideshow/priory/News/748D8D10AB4CE8A79EAF7768E428C704.jpg
  • /_files/images/slideshow/priory/News/trophy.jpg

Power and influence

If the USA is the most powerful nation on Earth, should the rest of the world get to vote in the USA elections?

RESPONSE

You responded in your hundreds, with an overwhelming majority (73%) believing that only US citizens should get to vote in American elections.  Several different reasons were cited.

“Despite the USA being the powerful nation on Earth, it's hardly as powerful as the rest of the world combined; This said, if the rest of the world was voting in America's elections, the actual citizens of the United States would lose a significant input into the voting that affected their lives the most. Also, if other nations were allowed to vote in the USA's elections, it would be a sure bet that opposing nations would exploit this right towards their own gain or the USA's own loss.”  Laurence Bonnor, 9.9, Alexandria

“First of all, whether the USA is the most powerful state can be debated. Russia is also very powerful and possibly more dangerous, so in this case power may just be a matter of opinion. The vast majority of the world is unaffected by the American government, therefore voting would be pointless. There are still adults in the UK who don’t vote for their own government so they are hardly likely to vote for another. Then consider the 'dodgy' countries. There are many countries which may just benefit from America falling. In current political affairs a country such as North Korea may vote for a bad leader just so they can start a war. In cases like this it probably wouldn't be a good idea - the last thing you want is for the political system of one of the most powerful countries to be in the hands of its enemies. That would be like asking the Nazis to come and run Britain for a couple of years. Looking at this 'No' is the most logical conclusion as all in all most the world don't care and those who do probably care for all the wrong reasons.”  Tabitha Lending, 10.9, Alexandria

“No, as we do not know what the country needs so we do not know what the best decision is for the nations needs is.”  Maisie Aubrey, 7.4, Avalon

27% of you, however, believed that we should have suffrage in the USA, with some forceful arguments being made.

“If they give themselves authority to intervene in other countries' dilemmas and issues, others should have authority to vote in their elections.”  Yusuf Sorour, 9.2, Sempringham

“The USA is a massively influential nation, arguably the most powerful (but that is a different kettle of fish). It is also, however, incredibly insular with its political beliefs and heavily right-wing, conservative, and traditionalist. It is the only first-world country without a universal free (at point of service) healthcare system, one factor that highlights how incredibly backwards areas of its legislation can be. Within the American education system, it is notable that it is legally permitted for schoolteachers to teach the Christian Creation theory as scientific fact rather than religious belief. There are still more areas of argument such as those regarding racism, homophobia, gun regulation and others to demonstrate the bizarre effect of having such a large and isolated country govern itself with no outside influence.

It is my personal opinion that other countries should be able to have some influence over US legislation in order to combat this insular nature and bring the nation up to date with the outside world, perhaps in the form of having standing in US elections. When the world is entering this age of 'social justice,' the obscenely uneducated and ignorant opinions of the American public (an enormous proportion of the world's population) created due to government-enforced or -encouraged reasons is a massive obstacle to overcome in the path to equality.”  Eleanor Waltham, 11.7, Sempringham

Many thanks for all your entries, they were a thought-provoking read.

Participation was as follows:

1st – Alexandria (41%)
2nd – Avalon (26%)
3rd – Castille (17%)
4th – Sempringham (16%)

Miss Nicholson

    The Priory Federation of Academies, Lincoln