The Washington, D.C. City Council will conduct a final vote soon to determine whether the District’s voting age will be lowered to 16 for all elections, local and federal. The bill has already won unanimous approval from the city’s Judiciary and Public Safety committee. Council member Charles Allen says his bill will “enfranchise the District’s young people and bring their voices into the political process.”
This is exactly what we need. The more ignorant people are when they vote, the better for a successful, safe, and stable society. Letting those with less experience, less knowledge and less wisdom vote will clearly redound to the benefit of all.
Just kidding. It redounds to the benefit of Democrats like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
The Founders avidly and exhaustively studied the history of all forms of government that came before the American Revolution, leading them to carefully, painstakingly craft the Constitution of the United States. They did so in the best interest of all. Today’s 16-year-olds avidly and exhaustively study pop culture and porn sites, leading them to carefully and painstakingly stare into their smart phones and laptops.
The Founders bequeathed to Americans the first Ten Amendments to the Constitution, as well, a remarkable and historic set of laws collectively called the Bill of Rights, designed to protect their fellow citizen’s freedoms into perpetuity. It wasn’t until the 26th Amendment that later generations deemed it proper to grant all 18-year-olds the right to vote. And, if one looks at it objectively, the first 15 Amendments were fantastic, home-runs all. However, the last 12 have been problematic at best. 43 years passed between the ratification of the 15th Amendment in 1870 and the ratification of the 16th Amendment in 1913. The 26th wasn’t ratified until 1971, immediately after America’s youth “dropped out, tuned in and turned on,” rioted in-- and set fire to-- our cities, and then toddled off to Woodstock to smoke pot, have sex in public, and imbibe psychedelic drugs. Suffice it to say that the passing of the 26th Amendment was not America’s finest hour. And now the nation’s capital wants to lower the legal voting age again?
If this bill passes and the momentum to give ever younger folks the vote continues unabated, we will someday soon arrive at the point where all schooling is free, yet homework has been banned, where there is a guaranteed income for all, but rich people have been outlawed, and where “abortion” is allowed until the age of six…at which time the lucky child will be allowed-- in fact, expected-- to vote.
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