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Assault on America, Day 69: Does anyone think giving 16-year-olds a vote is a good idea?

Kids Vote at 16
How old is too old…or how young is too young?

It’s a daily dilemma, the question of when to trust neophytes with important decisions that could conceivably impact everyone around them. All parents struggle with their kids’ early-teen years knowing with each passing birthday their son or daughter is that much closer to the legal driving age. And while it’s hard to envision little Johnny or Susie behind the wheel of the family SUV cruising down the road with the music blaring and one arm out the window, there’s a concept that would perhaps be even scarier if implemented on a mass scale.

Do you want your sophomore in high school -- and their friends -- to vote?

Don’t chuckle, there’s a growing movement afoot to allow it. J. Christian Adams wrote at PJ Media, “Oregon Senator Shemia Fagan introduced legislation at a press conference to allow sixteen-year-olds to vote. She was flanked by teens wearing homemade T-shirts criticizing firearms. ‘Sixteen-year-olds are couch surfing with friends while their families are experiencing homelessness, and begging us to take action to protect their future and planet,’ Fagan said.

“As long as democracies have existed, and as long as this democratic republic has existed, voters must be adults.

“This, the latest in a long march of transformational rules over our elections, is a loud alarm that these efforts to change election process rules are really an effort to change America.”

Adams cautions against taking the notion (child voting) lightly and reflects on a current Democrat-led effort in Congress (H.R. 1) to deny individual states the power to regulate their own elections (in other words, to federalize them). He’s right -- this is no laughing matter. Our precious rights lie in the balance while the left exercises every trick in the book to achieve their sinister aims.

As far as Oregon state Senator Fagan’s claim that 16-year-olds are begging “us” to take action to correct society’s ills -- real or otherwise -- nothing could be further from the truth. Most mid-teens are far more interested in the latest social media ping than what’s journeying through the legislative process on Capitol Hill. Their “causes” involve who’s going to pay their phone bill, not climate change or anything else liberals dream up.

The same could arguably be said for every generation, but this one is experiencing particularly chronic growing pains and seems especially unwilling to stare at hard reality in the face. Heck, people in my (middle) age group learned about the legislative process through things like “School House Rock.” To this day we can still sing all the catchy tunes… “I’m just a Bill, yes I’m only a Bill and I’m sittin’ here on Capitol Hill…” (note: if you want a humorous Obama-centered version from SNL, click here).

Not the kids today. Their influences aren’t the Founding Fathers, military or business leaders or the great classical philosophers. No, to them it’s the leftist tech barons and their never-ending craving to manipulate what we see and read. What the youngins’ friends post on Facebook has a much greater chance of receiving attention than a news story reporting on the latest happenings in some far off place.

The ramifications from expanding the eligible voter pool in this manner would reverberate through every level of living. Not only are today’s kids un-informed, they’re mis-informed.

Giving every human past puberty a vote sounds like an inspired way to be “inclusive” and “diverse” to the young impressionables, but liberals forget -- or they ignore -- the immense responsibilities wrapped up in the franchise. Representatives in Congress, the state legislature, city council -- or even your church council -- consider motions and proposals with real consequences for the “governed.” Once rights are restricted -- or taken away -- it’s almost impossible to restore them.

The Constitution was created difficult to amend for a reason. The Founders knew there’d be efforts to restrict or rescind natural rights at various times in our republic’s history. It’s human nature. The elites always feel they know better than average citizens how to conduct a civil society.

Last week congressional Democrats conducted a “conversation” over racism and proper attitudes (focusing on the offensive anti-Semitic comments of Rep. Ilhan Omar (MN-5)), desperately trying to disperse the stench of hypocrisy surrounding their frequent phony condemnations of Republicans or conservatives whenever something’s said that hints of insensitivity to skin color or place of national origin -- and their unwillingness to name names when their own perpetrators are entangled.

Shouldn’t we be talking about the concept of voting instead? Flatly stated, 16-year-olds aren’t ready to choose their political leaders. A good argument could be made that 18-year-olds aren’t prepared either, but that’s a discussion for another time.

If anything, voter qualifications need reexamining rather than expanding. Think about it -- a high percentage of eligible voters already don’t pay taxes or hold a job or face significant obligations. All the youths hear from the media are politicians like Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez promising government goodies to “take care” of them. Free this… free that. How’d you like universal healthcare? And what about education… shouldn’t everyone be able to go to school regardless of ability -- or willingness -- to pay?

Remember, to these people the rich don’t pay enough. And your neighbor pollutes the environment… your friend’s mom and dad like to hunt, so they’re cruel to animals. Your family attends a church that doesn’t believe in abortion or same-sex marriage, so they’re backwards and prejudiced and intolerant of women’s health and LGBTQ rights.

It takes years and life’s experience and maturity to see things differently. That’s why kids go to school and parents and grandparents cast the votes and make the laws. It’s common sense.

Another reason why 16-year-olds shouldn’t vote is non-politically correct viewpoints are often suppressed and condemned by the authorities. Tyler O’Neil reported at PJ Media, “Last Friday, Perry High School in Gilbert, Ariz., suspended student Logan Jones after a security officer reprimanded her as she posed for photos in a ‘Make America Great Again’ (MAGA) sweater while holding a pro-Trump ‘Make America Great Again’ flag. On Wednesday, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) sent a demand letter warning of legal action unless the school dropped the suspension. The school agreed to allow Jones to return to school that day but it refused to remove the suspension from her record...

“No school should suspend a student for expressing a political viewpoint. Sadly, many liberals have stigmatized Trump's ‘Make America Great Again’ slogan as hateful, and it appears these school officials consider MAGA unacceptable. This school should have learned from the backlash and lawsuits after the media ran with the story that the MAGA hat-wearing Covington High School boys were haters.”

Why is this stuff still happening? What if Jones and her friends brandished an Obama “Hope and Change” banner with an image of the former president etched into its fabric? Would school officials still track them down, detain them and suspend them?

This incident and the one in January concerning the Covington Catholic students after the March for Life proves it requires a leap of faith and bravery to be out in public supporting our duly elected president. Liberals’ personal opinions shouldn’t trump anyone’s right to express opinions. It’s not like the kids hung a MAGA flag in the middle of the young Democrats’ weekly meeting.

There’s no incitement to violence here, or no call to contribute money or volunteer for the GOP. These individuals weren’t interrupting a school assembly to advance their political preferences. They were just taking pictures. Sheesh.

Liberals and Democrats love listening to today’s youth unless they’re saying something non-politically correct and supportive of President Trump and traditional values. Giving 16-year-olds the vote fulfills no useful purpose; it’s just another leftist scheme to take over the world.

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Voting at 16

I think letting 16-year-old vote is every bit as smart as letting them buy alcohol at 16.

Voting Age

Giving 16 year olds the right to vote is a great idea for Democrats! Democrats depend on the ignorant, uninformed and Jobless voters! Promising more FREE stuff reels in the lazy idiots and morons of America!