Have You Heard about this One?
Just when we thought that Washington, DC couldn’t get any crazier, DC Councilman Charles Allen has introduced a measure to lower the voting age in the District from 18 to 16. According to news reports, 7 of the 13 Council members have signed on to the proposal; a majority. Mr. Allen says that he was inspired to take this action by the high school students who organized and led the recent “March for our lives” that filled Washington with thousands of people protesting, mostly adults, for something to be done in the wake of the Parkland (FL) school shooting back in February.
Other members echoed Allen’s remarks and expressed their admiration for our young people who are leading the way for social change across America, as have many television commentators in recent weeks.
Should Washington go ahead with this proposal, the city would join others such as Takoma Park, Md and Berkeley, Ca in extending voting rights to children. However, unlike other municipalities that can only change voting ages in their own local elections, adoption of Mr. Allen’s proposal in the District of Columbia would enable 16 and 17-year-olds to vote in the 2020 election for president of the United States, and since that would be a violation of Federal Election Law, the whole thing might well be headed for a court showdown.
I can’t help thinking that all of this sounds so very grand, as long as one doesn’t actually use their ability to think. During the whole “March for our lives” business, I was really struck by the number of otherwise intelligent commentators who admired the students for leading and organizing the great event in Washington.
Are we really supposed to believe that a couple of 15-year-olds grabbed their credit cards and started booking bus charters and hotels when, at their tender young age, they are not legally competent to enter into a legally binding contract? Yep, they called the city of Washington and obtained the march permits? They booked the celebrity speakers? Of course not!
Those brilliant commentators were working for news agencies that reported the whole thing was organized by the Women’s March and several other far-left activist organizations that came together to shamelessly exploit the victims of a terrible shooting to promote their own agendas.
Even so, we can take some pride in those young people who choose to become involved in the process of promoting change, for surely change must take place to put an end to the terrible and senseless violence that many of them endured.
As for giving children the right to vote in DC elections… I suppose they really couldn’t do much worse than their parents have in choosing leaders for a city that isn’t really known for being well managed.