On Monday a far-left Oregon legislator introduced a bill that would lower the state’s voting age from 18 to 16, thus allowing hormonal, pimple-faced teens to determine the outcome of elections.
According to the bill’s sponsor, state Sen. Shemia Fagan, children worried about what to wear at the prom or what to do about that big pimple deserve “a chance to participate in the ballot about decisions that affect their homes, their clean air, their future, their schools and, as we’ve seen, their very lives.”
Never mind that most children under the age of 18 — and oftentimes even those “children” over the age of 18 and beyond — are dependents who rely on their parents for food, shelter, etc.
“We believe that 16, 17-year-olds in Oregon should have a say in all of our elections,” Fagan said during a presser held Monday at the state Capitol. “As we’ve seen in the national level, they’re making decisions that affect their lives. It’s not just school board and City Council that’s affecting our Oregon families and our Oregon 16- and 17-year-olds.”
“This bill is in the form of a constitutional referral to the Oregon ballot. Right now the voting age is set at 18 in the Oregon Constitution, and so this would simply refer to the ballot the opportunity for voters in Oregon to enfranchise and lower the voting age of 16 in Oregon for all elections.”
Listen to some of her speech below:
She added that since kids are affected by the laws — e.g., they go to jail if they commit a crime, they must abide by the rules of the road, etc. — they should be able to determine the laws.
“In Oregon, particularly our criminal justice laws affects 16-year-olds, our driving laws affect 16-year-olds. 16-year-olds can work … and pay taxes in Oregon. And so 16 is really that sweet spot where we believe clearly they have the intelligence and the wherewithal to make informed decisions about who they would vote for. And also they’re at an age where they’re actually impacted by the decisions we all make.”
America’s laws affect everybody, including born and unborn babies. It’s unclear why Fagan, a pro-abortion legislator with an endorsement from Planned Parenthood, doesn’t likewise believe that babies should also be allowed to vote, given as abortion laws certainly affect them.
Several of the senator’s underage friends spoke out at the presser in favor of the bill.
“Why can I drive like an adult, pay taxes like an adult, have an abortion like an adult, be charged and sentenced like an adult, but I can’t vote like an adult?” one minor asked.
“If I can be tried as an adult, why can’t I vote like an adult? I pay income tax like an adult. I drive like an adult. I can be charged and sentenced as an adult. Why is something so important such as voting limited to people who are our present and not our future?” the minor added.
“We’re experts of our own experiences,” Connor Gabor, another teenager, complained, adding that there’s an alleged epidemic of kids being sexually assaulted and shot at schools. “When we have a lockdown and fear for our lives, we know what that feels like. We want to take agency over our own lives.”
The bill is backed by The Bus Project, a radically far-left non-profit that indoctrinates teenagers in far-left politics. Samantha Gladu, the non-profit’s executive director, briefly spoke at the presser.
“I’m the executive director of The Bus Project, and my pronouns are she/her,” she said. “The young people know what’s up, and also they know what we need for our futures.”
The state’s Republican legislators, who some might argue are the only adults left in the radically far-left state, disagree virulently with this simplistic and immature line of thinking.
“(16-year-olds) are too young to enlist in the military, too young to own firearms, too young to own property, too young to enter into legal contracts, and too young to get married,” state Senate Republican Leader Herman Baertschiger said to the media.
“But they are old enough to vote? People are not legally considered adults in this country until they are 18 years old, and I believe they shouldn’t be able to vote until then either. This is nothing more than an attempt to expand the voter rolls to sway elections,”
Young kids tend to align with the Democrat Party because of, one, indoctrination by their teachers, and two, the youthful tendency to place feelings and emotions over facts and logic.
Like the age-old adage goes, “If you’re not a liberal when you’re 20, you have no heart. If you’re not a conservative by the time you’re 30, you have no brain.”
Fagan is reportedly 37, and it’s pretty clear what social media users think about her idea:
— Red State Mafia (@RedStateMafia) February 19, 2019
What my party ? To damn stupid to resolve things as adults that we are looking to 16 year olds to solve our problems and right our policy if not a political move,it is truly a put down to Oregonians. Work on engaging the adults in room.
— Roger Holloway (@RogerHo83656361) February 20, 2019
The Oregon Socialist DNC Leadership are causing the State to go bankrupt. Allowing 16 year olds to vote is incredibly stupid. They have little worldly experience. If 16 is wonderful then 5 is better. Give them free ice cream for their DNC vote! The goal is obvious & disgusting.
— Thaddaeus M. Bappe (@ThaddaeusBappe) February 20, 2019
Really dumb move. The franchise needs to be limited, not expanded. The arguments used for lowering to 16 are the same ones that can be used to go to 14, or 10, and so on.
— D.A.M. Van Bok (@Cornfedmofo) February 20, 2019
As children they have no financial skin in the game. That’s like you voting in my state could dictate what I, as a taxpayer is on the hook for. Dumbest ide I’ve ever heard of.
— ❌Joni Mcc❌🗽🇺🇸 🎆 (@MccJoni) February 20, 2019
Dear Sen. Fagan,
Please use what little time is allocated to legislative sessions to solve Oregon’s real problems like PERS, homelessness, and one of the lowest graduation rates in the country. Then feel free to pursue whatever interests you.
— chris (@sqroot30df) February 20, 2019