San Francisco Progressives Pushing Measure Allowing Teens to Vote

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Just when you thought they couldn’t get any nuttier, far-left progressives in California are putting forth a measure in a cynical attempt to bolster their electoral advantage in their city. Leftist politicians in San Francisco’s City Hall are introducing a November 2020 ballot measure called Proposition “G,” which would ask voters if teenagers should be allowed to vote in local elections. 

It appears the city’s far-left politicians are taking to heart the arguments of people like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and others who have advocated for lowering the voting age to 16. They put a similar proposal on the ballot in 2016, but it was voted down as 52.6 percent of voters rejected it. Now, the measure is back, and perhaps the city’s progressive politicians believe they can succeed where they barely failed four years ago. 

Supporters of the measure asserted that since the local government’s decisions affect the youth and adults, teenagers should have a say in local matters. Moreover, the city’s youth commissioners mentioned that many kids of this age already work and pay taxes, which means that they should determine how tax dollars are spent. 

Not surprisingly, Mayor London Breed and all except one of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors favor the measure along with Board of Education commissioners and members of youth, LGBT, and LatinX advocacy groups. But there are still many who oppose the proposal and have vocally expressed their arguments against the legislation. 

When considering such a measure, it is vital to look at several issues, maturity, and the motivation behind this push to lower the local voting age. The first and most obvious problem is the lack of maturity among teenagers. Research has shown that the brains of children this age have not fully developed. In fact, the brain is not fully developed until the age of 25. 

Due to the lack of maturity, teenagers tend to engage in impulsive, irrational, or even dangerous behaviors, which is why most people can recall doing insanely stupid things when they were kids. They simply do not have the capacity to rationally make decisions that could influence local governance. Put simply, the notion that children with this level of development and maturity have no business weighing in on local politics. 

Of course, we can’t forget the other issue: The motivation of those behind this push to lower the city’s voting age. Children in California are exposed to far-leftist thought injected into their school curriculum. Progressives have already managed to insert ideas designed to indoctrinate the state’s youth into a Marxist ideology, and they’re continually pushing for more. Through homework assignments and class lectures, teachers are inculcating California’s children into progressivism. 

Some teachers have even gone so far as to bring students to political protests and modified historical timelines and lessons on national figures to fit the progressive agenda. In these classrooms, children are not being given a counterpoint to the ideas they are being taught. To put it simply, it is a full-on attempt to brainwash kids so that they grow up to support leftist causes. 

Given this reality, and the fact that leftists control many of the school boards in the Golden State, it makes sense that progressive politicians would want to use the votes of indoctrinated teenagers to solidify their electoral advantages. And the fact that the measure was only voted down by 52.6 percent is not a positive omen. When people do not pay as much attention to their local elections as they do national races, it becomes easier for leftists to sneak these types of measures by. 

If San Francisco’s progressives manage to con enough people into believing that lowering the city’s voting age is a good idea, this trend won’t stop here. Other cities are sure to follow, using San Francisco as their template. Moreover, as with most other things that start in California, it will spread to municipalities across the nation if enough people do not rise to stop it. 

The left is seeking new ways to give themselves an electoral advantage. Whether it’s importing more legal and illegal immigrants through lax immigration policies or trying to lower voting ages, it is clear they do not want to win the old-fashioned way. 

 

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