June 17, 2024
Drive to let kids, inmates vote just another sign the left is nuts
No, we shouldn’t let 16-year-olds or prisoners or non-citizens vote. The rules shouldn’t be changed just because the Democrats lost.
No, we shouldn’t let 16-year-olds or prisoners or non-citizens vote. The rules shouldn’t be changed just because the Democrats lost.

What happens when Democrats lose an election they were sure they were going to win? Time to rearrange the entirety of the American electoral system! Democrats are seeking to expand voting rights to, well, just about everyone — until they get their desired result.

The new hotness is lowering the voting age to 16 years old — as proposed in the House bill HR 1, the For the People Act of 2019.

I’ve written in these pages about the arbitrary points of adulthood in America: 18 to join the military, 21 to drink, but if you get accused of a crime, you can be tried as an adult at 13. We shouldn’t add another layer of arbitrariness by giving 16-year-olds the right to vote.

Asked about the proposal in March, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said it’s “important to capture people when they’re in high school.” Telling language. But high schoolers don’t tend to be the most civic-minded people. Nor do they want to be “captured.”

The Grabien news site compiled tweets from people responding to Pelosi’s statement by recounting the insane things they did when they were 16. One example: “When I was 16, I sucked a drinking glass to my face for 10 minutes and gave my lower face a giant hickey that took 3 weeks to heal.”

“Voting is a responsibility,” we tell our children. Gather information, make the best decision. “Cool,” the American teen replies, “right after I inhale this Tide Pod.”

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