A voter enters a voting booth at Laurel High School on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Laurel, Mont. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)
Is anyone at all surprised that the left wants to play with the legality of voting ages?
I feel like this becomes a subject of debate at multiple points every year and it’s always the same. The left wants to lower the voting age down to 16. Case in point here’s feminist lawyer Jill Filipovic advocating for a 16-year-old voting age along with some other ridiculous things.
Why do they want to lower the voting age? That’s simple. It’s common knowledge that kids tend to lean more toward the left than the right. The PR around socialism and communism is so good that younger generations with little in the way of experience tend to buy the idea that these failed economics systems are actually good.
There’s a dynamism around the idea of a “revolution” that could lead to “equality” and give birth to a new age of “fairness” and “justice.”
Sadly, it’s not just the kids buying it. Our education system has so warped the idea of socialism and communism that even millennials are buying it. Just today, Market Watch released a report that said 36 percent of millennials approve of communism.
If that’s not scary enough, you should know that this is a jump from 28 percent just last year:
According to YouGov, which conducted the poll, capitalism, amid a widening divide between the haves and have-nots, has plunged in popularity from a year ago, with one out of every two millennials — ages 23 to 38 — supporting it.
Meanwhile, 36% of millennials polled say that they approve of communism, which is up significantly from 28% in 2018.
If our education system was worth a damn, it would take one day to show kids just how much of a failed system socialism and communism are. After a week of lessons both involving history and basic economics, you could probably drill the idea that fairness and equality have nothing to do with either system and you’d have a solid block of capitalists.
That’s not the case with our education system right now, and perhaps that’s something President Donald Trump could look into, but I digress.
The legal voting age argument is a thing because the left doesn’t want to give those kids a chance to find out that what they’re currently approving of is something they’d wildly disagree with later on down the line. They don’t want them to stumble upon articles or history lessons that show exactly what those two economics systems do.
They want them making mistakes now. They want them to be able to pull levers while they’re capable of being easily manipulated with delusions of grandeur, celebrity endorsements, and spectacle. As insulting as it sounds to teenagers, this is exactly what this is all about.
In all honesty, I believe 18 is still too young. A lot can happen in two years, but the brain doesn’t develop fully until 25 and there’s still a lot of kid in an 18-year-old. There’s a lot more inexperience in front of you than experience behind you. At this point, most kids haven’t even left the parent’s home yet and experienced the world around them.
That said, I have a hard time believing that you can fight and die for your country and not have a say in who leads it, and I do believe that 18 is a good time to join the military.
That said, I do have some thoughts about what other ages should mean.
Filipovic thinks 21 is the only time you should start gambling. I disagree wholeheartedly. I think that should be lowered to 16. At an age where learning from your mistakes is the name of the game, then having a lot of your money taken from you in the blink of an eye is a good lesson to learn. My dad used to include me poker games with his friends when I was growing up, and nothing was more sad to me than watching the $20 he gave me disappear in a flash. I’ve been a very cautious man with gambling, and money in general, ever since.
In the age of Uber, I think the drinking age of 21 is fine right where it is, though I wouldn’t mind hearing arguments for lowering it to 18. The drinking age being at 21 certainly isn’t stopping 18-year-olds from purchasing alcohol and getting drunk anyway. What do you think people do at college?
Filipovic believes you should be 30 when you purchase a gun. Get ready for this one.
I think that should be lowered to 12, but with certain stipulations.
That’s around the age when I received my first gun, and as I’ve written before, the responsibility of being gifted a firearm can come with a lot of life lessons from a parent who knows those lessons already.
(READ: Get the Kid a Gun for Christmas)
The overall lesson and key points are the lessons of responsibility and caution. It’s a lesson that translates to every other aspect of one’s life…and may even affect how they decide on who they put in office to run the country.