A House Democrat wants to amend the Constitution to extend voting rights to 16-year-olds.
Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.), current Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee, has put forth a joint resolution to repeal the 26th Amendment and create a new amendment that would lower the voting age to 16. Per the resolution, the new amendment would state that “the right of citizens of the United States, who are sixteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age.”
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Notably, Meng was born in 1975, just four years after the U.S. voting age was lowered to 18, so clearly she doesn’t remember the decades-long fight it took to make that change. Back then, proponents of the 26th Amendment argued that any citizen who was old enough to be drafted into the military should also be afforded the right to vote – and they were correct.
But there is no argument anyone could possibly make that would justify extending voting rights to 16-year-olds.
At most, 16-year-olds are juniors in high school. They’re only just figuring out where they want to go to college, let alone their political beliefs. They’re more concerned with getting their driver’s license than they are with the direction of the country. Legally, they can’t make any major decisions without first getting their parents’ permission. And Meng wants to give them the right to cast a ballot?
Laughably, Meng is not the only Democrat who’s floated this idea. In April, Washington, D.C. City Council member Charles Allen introduced legislation that would lower the age to vote in federal and local elections to 16. Allen said he was inspired to propose the change after seeing high school students participate in the March for Our Lives event in D.C. – because apparently making signs and marching down a street with your friends is in league with being able to democratically elect politicians.
As for Meng, she has not offered an explanation as to why she wants to lower the voting age – but her motivation is obvious. Public school systems and social media are indoctrinating America’s youth with the belief that anything outside the Democratic Party is wrong, and anyone who disagrees with the liberal agenda is a bigot.
If the voting age were lowered to 16, it would automatically give Democrats millions of votes from children who have been manipulated into believing that they’re thinking for themselves, when in reality the opposite is true. Like California Democrats who gave illegals the right to vote, Meng just wants to use young people to farm liberal votes.
In short, Meng doesn’t want to lower the voting age because she truly believes in the democratic process, or that suffrage is a right more people should have. She just wants to use America’s youth as a mindless vote machine for the Democratic Party.