As I’m sure you’ve all heard, last week House Speaker Nancy Pelosi admitted to the media she favors lowering the voting age to sixteen years of age. It’s not a good idea and here’s yet another reason why Pelosi lives in outer space.
Many rational arguments against Pelosi’s suggestion have hit the news recently. Adding to the conversation, a Rasmussen pole conducted recently through telephone and online surveys found that only 17% of U.S. Voters agree with the House Speaker when it comes to lowering the age from eighteen years of age to just sixteen.
Indeed seventy-four percent of Americans surveyed oppose the idea, and with good reason. While this discussion furiously swirled about in the media, I’ve consistently seen one point being left out which I would like to make — that’s legal experience.
What do I mean by that you ask? It’s simple. Kids aren’t allowed to enter into contracts legally until they’ve attained the age of 18. In fact there are many things kids aren’t technically allowed to do legally until they reach the age of eighteen in a majority of the States.
I’m obviously speaking to the uninitiated here because the rest of us reasonable people realize why her idea is dumb. However, the rhetorical question that anyone who agrees with Pelosi really needs to ask themselves here is, “do I want someone voting on issues they have zero experience with?”
If a sixteen year old child can’t legally own a house because they aren’t allowed to enter into a contract to own one because legally they aren’t an adult, why would anyone think it’s wise to let that sixteen year old make decisions that would affect American citizens who are experienced home owners? Let’s not lose sight of the fact that children are just that —children. Even if they are children on the cusp of adulthood, they are prone to silliness, and their dispositions in most instances leads to erroneous decisions.
There is also a question of ignorance. You can sit in front of a computer reading wikipedia all day long, but when you put in practice what you’ve learned you often find that things are not as you once supposed when you simply read about them. And that is where experience becomes key.
Naturally it is possible for a sixteen year old to be wise beyond their years; however, that is more of the exception than the rule. Given how ridiculous the idea seems to a rational thinker, one must conclude that Speaker Pelosi is either as crazy as she seems, or she’s just trying to drum up a new democratic voting block. If the latter is true, then Pelosi and her like minded minions need to cogitate about the consequences of where they pull their new voting block from. Fortunately — if Rasmussen’s findings are any indication — reasonable adults won’t soon be handing over the keys to the political star-ship to irrational children just yet.