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New voting age!
Fisheadgib Posts: 5,797 Senior Member
On the news just now (don't ask for a link cause I watched it on the news) they claimed that there's a group pushing to lower the voting age in DC to 16!
Why don't we just give fish the vote while we're at it. Makes about as much sense.
Gun control laws make about as much sense as taking ex-lax to cure a cough.
I'm all for this and while we're at it, I'd like to see the drinking age raised to 30 also. Living in a tourist area, I can't believe some of the incredibly stupid stuff some of twentysomething year olds do around here when drinking. I know that I did some dumb stuff but some of the young people around here take the cake.
I ain't that dumb, and I've been voting for 42years.😋
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First, I recognize this is going nowhere. Ain't gonna happen, so there's no use getting my underwear in a twist over all the new voters that will be "added to the lib's" roster.(insert eyeroll here)
Secondly, - and this is merely for fun, since the first point negates everything that comes after - I ask myself "What problem does this solve?" The answer, of course, is none. As minors, they are already represented both by parents/guardians and by the state. There are attorneys who spend their entire career representing minors. There are a multitude of advocacy groups who's sole purpose is to represent minors. Kids don't lack for representation.
Third, I ask myself "What problems could this cause? This one is pretty simple too. Lots. Obviously, we've ALL been teenagers here...some less recently than others, but we've all been there. I would wager a serious pile of cash that NONE of us would say that he/she was as rational and well reasoned at sixteen as they were at thirty, twenty five, twenty... and yes, even eighteen. There's a reason kids that age are described as "squirrelly" and it ain't for their bushy tails. As far as a reliable liberal vote, that would only last for as long as the thought was in their head that you didn't want them to vote that way... as soon as it appeared that you WANT a liberal vote, they'd switch sides quicker than Trump before an election.