Article by Bryan Howard
February 20, 2019
Oregon lawmakers have proposed a bill that would allow 16-year-old kids to vote on Monday. The voting age would lower from 18-16 if this radical bill passes. As we all know we need the wisdom of 16-year-old children to help dictate the leaders of our country (deep sarcasm).
Democratic State Sen. Shemia Fagan believes these kids should get ‘decisions that affect their homes, their clean air, their future, their schools and, as we’ve seen, their very lives.”
Fagan continued, “Sixteen-year-olds are subject to our criminal justice system. They are couch surfing with friends while their families experience homelessness and they’re begging us to take action to protect their future.”
According to Fox News, “Issues facing young people have been the catalyst to lowering the voting age in the past. The 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution – ratified in 1971 – brought down the voting age requirement from 21 to 18. The measure was fueled in part by young people facing the draft for the Vietnam War, which had become increasingly unpopular.”
Personally I disagree with the lowering the voting age, and I believe it could be terrible for our country. Not only should we not lower the voting age we need to raise it to 25 or 30 years of age until one can vote. Our education system has failed to teach about our country’s ideas that we need people who are voting that have more skin in the game.