On Thursday over 50 percent of House Democrats voted in favor of a widely panned measure to lower the voting age for all federal elections from 18 to 16.
Introduced by freshman congresswoman Ayanna Pressley and backed by the likes of anti-Semitic, Muslim freshman congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, among others in the radical freshmen class, the measure failed to pass only because of opposition from most Republicans and 108 Democrats.
Meanwhile, a whopping 125 Democrats and one Republican, Texas Congressman Michael C. Burgess, voted in favor of the measure. It’s unclear why Burgess voted “aye.”
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) March 7, 2019
From gun violence, to immigration reform, to climate change, to the future of work – our young people are organizing, mobilizing & calling us to action.
— Rep Ayanna Pressley (@RepPressley) March 7, 2019
What’s clear is that the Democrat Party is no longer the party of science. Some would argue it never was. According to science, the human brain doesn’t stop developing until the age of 25. Ergo, someone who believes in science might reasonably try to argue that the voting age should be raised to 25. What someone who genuinely believes in science wouldn’t do is argue that it should be lowered to 16. Yet that’s exactly what a majority of Democrats seek.
“By lowering the voting age from eighteen to sixteen years of age, my amendment would allow young people to have a say in our federal elections, to help shape and inform the policies that will set the course for the future,” Pressley said as she announced her measure on the House floor Thursday.
“From gun violence, to immigration reform, to climate change, to the future of work – our young people are organizing, mobilizing and calling us to action. They are at the forefront of social and legislative movements and have earned inclusion in our democracy.”
“Beginning at the age of sixteen, young people are contributing to both the labor force and their local economies by paying income taxes, and yet they are deprived of the opportunity to exercise their right to vote.”
Listen to her full speech below:
Similar rhetoric was spouted by Democrat state legislators in Oregon who last month introduced a bill to lower the state’s voting age from 18 to 16.
“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,” state Sen. Shemia Fagan, the bill’s sponsor, announced on Feb. 18.
“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.”
Yet as noted a the time, America’s laws affect everybody, including born and unborn babies. It’s unclear why Democrats, most of whom boast endorsements from Planned Parenthood, don’t likewise believe babies should also be allowed to vote, given as abortion laws certainly affect them.
Listen to Fagan below:
What’s obvious is that this movement to lower the voting age makes no sense and certainly isn’t based on any rational, legitimate arguments. In fact, some say it’s wrong.
“It’s simply wrong. Almost all 16-year-olds I know I don’t believe should have the privilege or the authority to vote. They simply haven’t matured to the level that they can make those types of decisions,” Jim Lyons, a GOP official from Pressley’s home state of Massachusetts, said to The Boston Globe.
The state’s governor, Charlie Baker, agreed, saying, “I did raise three teenagers, and based on that I’d be pretty dubious about lowering it to 16.”
Mary Connaughton of the free-market think tank Pioneer Institute added that most 16-year and 17-year-olds “haven’t even been instructed in the basics of U.S. history, civics, or the facts of our democracy.”
There’s also the fact that kids are more susceptible to the brainwashing and indoctrination pushed by America’s public school system, according to social media users:
Democrats want to lower voting age to 16!
1st, Ask them (without Google) to:
1. Name 2 current Cabinet members.
2. Name the Capital Cities of any 10 States.
3. Pick any 3 Constitutional Amendments & tell what they say & mean.
You'll wonder what's is being taught these days!
— Daniel Baranowski (@DFBHarvard) March 8, 2019
18 year olds aren’t even qualified to vote and you want to allow 16 year olds? We know why. At 16 most are still wards of government schools and subject to the constant left-wing indoctrination without contrasting life experience. This yields huge vote margins for Democrats. No.
— Derek (@FinanceBuzz) March 7, 2019
16 year olds don’t don’t know shit apart from their indoctrination at school………..which of course is the point
— shaunandelly (@shaunandelly) March 7, 2019
And we all know that the public schools are indoctrination camps for progressives. No surprise that they would want 16-year-olds to vote.
— Radical Taoist (@Manicdj99) March 6, 2019
I times past 16-18 year olds were mature enough to understand the nuances of what is a good decision. But the internet age and modern culture has done a lot to delay adulthood. A 16 year may be smart but emotionally not be astute enough to not be led by learned indoctrination.
— El Guapo Comics (@CesarFeliciano) February 24, 2019
Passing legislation for 16 year olds to vote will come with September and October indoctrination on why kids need to vote Democrat by the public school system. It’s all a ploy for power for Democrats. Call your Congressman to oppose this.
— Kathleen (@real1beachgirl) March 8, 2019
Ridiculous. 16 year olds haven’t a clue but all that socialist indoctrination will do wonders for the fascist democrats.
— Jeff Campbell (@JeffCam99693393) March 8, 2019
NEVER going to happen. You only want 16 year olds because they are still under the public school brainwashing liberal system. Scary times we are in.
— Daily Jen (@MeridithG1015) March 8, 2019
Hell no!! The Dems can’t win without rigging the system! They need illegals, they need 16 year olds that have been indoctrinated by their Marxist teachers and social media brainwashing! Libs are cheaters, liars, hypocrites and the party of lawlessness!
— RNelly ? (@ranaenelly) March 8, 2019
America’s public schools have been caught “teaching” blatant lies that …
#1. President Donald Trump’s plan to “Make America Great Again” is rooted in racism.
#2. That anyone who supports the president is a “racist.”
#3. That anal sex is natural.
#4. That God isn’t real.
#5. That the U.S. military is “the lowest of our low.”
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