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Your Opinion: Don’t lower voting age

Your Opinion: Don’t lower voting age

November 8th, 2018 in Opinion

Harold H. Horstmann


Dear Editor:

I refer to the following 11/2/2018 Associated Press article: “Washington, DC, could let 16-year-olds vote for president” (—election.html).

Quotes from the article: “The Washington, D.C., City Council is preparing to vote on a bill to lower the voting age to 16 for all elections, both local and federal.

“WTOP-FM reports the bill won 3-0 approval in the Judiciary and Public Safety committee Thursday and will get a final vote before the full council this month.”

Why should anyone be surprised? This action is the next move to increase the Democrat party voter base to a majority such that they can realize their dream of unstoppable pure socialism. Right now virtually every election is a toss-up because their promises of free stuff has created a near majority consisting of immature and/or selfish individuals who have no realization or concern about the cost and consequences of a socialistic government.

It’s difficult to believe that any logical thinking individual who cares anything about our nation would be serious about proposing any lowering of the voting age. A large part of the political problems in our nation now are because of the lowering of the age to 18 from 21. The 26th amendment to the Constitution was the quickest to be ratified in 1971 as a knee-jerk reaction to protests against the Vietnam War to assure the incumbents, Richard Nixon and the Democrat held House and Senate, could survive the 1972 election, which they did. Little consideration was given to the maturity of 18-year-olds regarding real life experiences which are necessary to make intelligent decisions in voting for the future of America and its citizens.

Eighteen-year-olds, much less 16-year-olds, have virtually no first-hand understanding of real responsibility for their own lives or what will affect their future families. How can anyone who has never had to search for a job, balance a budget, search for a home they can afford, experience the birth and education of a child and hold a job and at the same time sustain a marriage be able to vote on issues that will affect all of those life experiences? They can’t and shouldn’t be able to!

God save us from the unscrupulous Democrat socialist politicians!