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You don't have to respect the choice, but respect the right

Ref: "'Respect my vote' is hollow if people pick incompetents", Letters, yesterday.

JC Wilcox wrote about why he has no respect for the votes of the people who voted in the government. The government that is "infantile, incompetent" in his words. He questioned the judgements of the voters and whether they should even be qualified to vote at all.

I think Wilcox is using the word "respect" in the meaning of "a feeling of deep admiration for someone" (Concise Oxford English Dictionary 11th Edition) whereas the word "respect" in the slogan "Respect my vote" probably has the second meaning of "Due regard for the feelings or rights of others" (same dictionary).

This second meaning implies that even if you do not admire the political viewpoints of voters you would still not deny their right to vote and the question of whether they are qualified to vote or not would never pop up.

Kemadist Chiaracharuwat


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