By: Rusty Weiss
ClashDaily Guest Contributor
Newsweek has published a column voicing support for Squad member Ayanna Pressley’s call for lowering the voting age to 16.
And they’re citing teenage activists such as Greta Thunberg and David Hogg as justification for the move.
Nancy Deutsch, who authored the op-ed, believes it’s difficult to argue against lowering the voting age when people see the convictions and intelligence behind the teenagers’ social activism.
“The skeptical attitude toward the next generation is especially baffling when we see teens like Greta Thunberg, or the students from Parkland, Florida, consistently demonstrate independent thought, deep understanding, clear convictions, and tremendous maturity and poise in the national and international limelight (even amid jarring criticism and judgment from adults),” she claimed.
Hogg and the anti-Constitutional Parkland extremists have all the ‘deep understanding’ of a potato, while Thunberg recently showed an incredible lack of ‘maturity’ when she hyperventilated at a U.N. Climate Summit in New York this past September.
.@RepPressley introduces amendment on lowering voting age: "In this country we affirm that when a person walks into the voting booth & pulls that lever, there is no meritocracy or hierarchy. The booth is the equalizer…Some have questioned the maturity of our youth. I don't." pic.twitter.com/dJtTHD0kRk
— CSPAN (@cspan) March 7, 2019
Squad and Democrats Want This
Pressley (D-MA) introduced an amendment to the ‘For the People Act’ pushing for lowering the voting age to 16 this past March.
“Young people are at the forefront of some of our most existential crises,” Pressley said at the time. “The time has come. Our young people deserve to have the opportunity to exercise their right to vote.”
The broad anti-corruption and voting rights bill also saw debate which demonstrated the resistance party would like to open voting up to illegal immigrants.
The measure was overwhelmingly defeated in the House of Representatives by a vote of 305-126.
Pelosi was asked her thoughts on lowering the voting age to 16. She provided a chilling response which included a call to ‘capture kids’ while they’re young.
“I myself have always been for lowering the voting age to 16,” Pelosi admitted. “I think it’s really important to capture kids when they’re in high school when they’re interested in all of this and learning about government to be able to vote.”
Pelosi just advocated for lowering the voting age to 16 years old to "capture kids when they're in high school." pic.twitter.com/GxPTBPFBLJ
— Caleb Hull 🎅🏻🎁 (@CalebJHull) March 14, 2019
“The notion that adolescents are incapable of exercising the sober judgment needed to place a vote reflects a broader, misguided prejudice against young people,” Deutsch contends.
Lawmakers have been trying to raise the age and regulate nearly every conceivable thing they can find – drinking, smoking, vaping – all the while citing our young people as having difficulty handling tough decisions.
But the right to vote – something so powerful – should just be offered up to these children? The following video is a substantial argument against …
This speech by far-left activist Greta Thunberg is absolute madness pic.twitter.com/RFyIPZlajQ
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) September 23, 2019
A poll from 2018 found that 81 percent of Americans were opposed to lowering the voting age to 16, while just 16 percent supported it.
This article originally appeared at The Mental Recession and has been republished with permission.