Let’s begin by pointing out some facts:
A) In 2008, people under the age of 30 voted for Obama over McCain by a <a href=”http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/viewpoints/articles/2008/11/09/20081109vip-hindman1109.html”> 2:1 margin. </a>
B) Young voters are increasingly identifying themselves as Democrats, even more than in <a href=”http://www.prospect.org/cs/articles?article=the_youth_vote_the_culture_wars_and_barack_obama”> previous years.</a>
C) Congress only lowered the voting age from 21 to 18 in 1971 because Nixon felt like he had to throw the Dems a bone – the result was complete anarchy at the Dem convention in ’72.
D) <a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voting_age#Voting_ages_around_the_world”>Many countries</a> have voting ages above 18.
I propose Conservatives try to raise the voting age from 18 to something more reasonable, like 25. Here are the benefits:
1) Voters should have an economic interest in the future of the country. 18-year-olds have no independent economic interest in the nation, which is why they often vote based on trivial single issues such as which candidate has the nicest body or which one was spotted partying with some rapper.
2) Since Boomers are the biggest age demographic by far, right now will be our best chance to get this bill passed. If another Boomer-like increase in the population comes along (which is unlikely thanks to abortion), it’ll be infinitely harder to raise the age.
3) If we pair this voting age rise with a decrease in the age to buy alcohol, most of the young voters wouldn’t notice the difference or whole-heartedly embrace the trade.
4) If those under 25 can’t vote, they’ll see what a sham social security is even more because now they can’t even vote, so they’ll vote in conservatives to end the program once they get the right to vote.
5) It’ll put an end to all those stupid get out the vote and vote or die concerts that the hollywood elite are always doing.
I know what many of you are thinking: what about members of the military? Shouldn’t a 19-year-old fighting the good fight in Iraq be entitled to a vote? The answer, of course, is yes, so we can make one benefit of serving the ability to vote regardless of age.
I’d love to hear everyone’s thoughts on this.