Lowering the Voting Age Would Further Cheapen the Franchise

By | 2017-04-03T05:36:05+00:00 March 10th, 2017|
Print Friendly

What is it with certain Democrats and their desire to debase the vote? I can’t think of any other way to describe it. That would be the obvious upshot of a proposal by California Assemblyman Evan Low, D-Campbell, to reduce the voting age to 17.

“Young people are our future,” Low said. “Lowering the voting age will help give them a voice in the democratic process and instill a lifelong habit of voting.”

When, oh Lord, can we bury that hoary cliché? Young people are our future – and that’s a terrifying prospect. Civic ignorance is an epidemic, and we would do well to focus on eradicating that particular disease before allowing it to spread further. Lowering the age of eligibility would expand the pool of low-information voters, and that’s about it.

But Low is hardly the first to make a fetish of the mechanics of the franchise, with little or no apparent regard for the heavy responsibility the vote entails.

Fact is, politicians have been chasing the “youth vote” for almost 50 years. And for 50 years, the creature has remained almost as elusive as the Sasquatch.

Read the rest at the Sacramento Bee

About the Author:

Ben Boychuk
Ben Boychuk is managing editor of American Greatness. He is a regular columnist with the Sacramento Bee, a weekly syndicated columnist with Tribune Media, and a veteran of several publications, including Investor's Business Daily and the Claremont Review of Books. He lives in California.
  • Haga Akane ✓ᴰᵉᵖˡᵒʳᵃᵇˡᵉ

    Heinlein had the right idea on this topic.

    • CincyGal

      What I remember about Heinlein was his book on local politics. But I don’t remember anything on this subject. Tell us more!

      • Haga Akane ✓ᴰᵉᵖˡᵒʳᵃᵇˡᵉ

        In his novel Starship Troopers, Heinlein creates a society he calls the Terran Federation. The only way a person in this universe becomes a citizen with voting rights is to serve a 2 year hitch in the armed forces. Everyone else is a taxpayer; they have all the usual civil rights you can think of except the voting franchise.

    • frankstclair

      I prefer Heineken 😀

  • Nathaniel Wright

  • Uncle Max

    Lower it my arse. Raise it to 25. When the Donks say they want legalized pot, trade ’em for no more federal bac or age limit for booze. Leave those up to the states along with pot. I’d like to see a lot of the stuff that is tied to federal highway money to be revoked. Let’s win more!

    • WVPATRIOT

      I have to agree with Uncle Max on this on 25 would be an ideal age. However, I would also include a couple of exceptions. 1. Can vote at 18 if serving active duty in any branch of the armed services.
      2. Vote at age 21 if not serving but a property owner. Other than that a civics test should be in order along with valid identification for everyone.

      • usamopatriot

        Great comment!

      • EPatrickMosman

        3. Vote at age 26 if on parent’s Obamacare health plan.

  • Mike Michaels

    Voting should require some sort of ‘real life experience’, not just being brainwashed in our leftist education system. I say 27-28 years old would be a more reasonable age to vote. However, there would be an exemption for anyone serving in any branch of the military, if you are old enough to serve, you are old enough to vote!

    • ladychurchillusa

      You might also have an exception for property owners. If you have a mortgage and taxes to pay you might actually understand the real world.

  • usamopatriot

    Young people are also our demise, if they are libtards.

  • NDanielson

    Just lower it to 8, then every 4 years democrats can break out their Santa suits.

  • PackRatFan

    This is nothing more then another Democratic (i.e. Soros) scheme to try and get more votes. Who better then kids that are easily pliable to indoctrinate into your corrupt political philosophy.

    I say nobody should be able to vote until they have been living on their own at least for a year earning and paying their own bills instead of mooching off mommy and daddy or the government teat!

  • LudicrousSextus

    I’ve heard several times that ‘incoming college freshmen’ are now reading at a 7th-8th grade level, and while ‘remedial studies’ in college were virtually unheard of a generation ago – pretty much every college in the nation now scams that first year’s tuition out of forcing classes designed to basically get kids up to ‘high school graduate’ skill levels.

    Anybody remember Jay Leno finding a half dozen imbecile college students stupid enough to sign releases for them to be shown on national TV unable to answer Jay’s query – “How many dimes in a dollar?”

    I felt sure it was a put on, but more than one college professor assures me it wasn’t.

    You’ll pardon the observation, but the 17 year olds of today are the mental, moral and ethical equivalent of 13 year olds from 50 years ago. They need the vote like a goldfish needs a bicycle.

  • ladychurchillusa

    Why not lower it to seven that is about the average intellectual age of a liberal in this society. Between the safe spaces and the pacifiers and coloring books I would say that seven is about right. Of course, then we might have to teach them to read but then with the teachers union in charge I guess we could just put colors on the ballots and tell them to pick the one they like best.

  • contradem

    Raise to 26 until they are off their parents insurance teet.