Should we increase the voting age in the United States

  1. collegedad profile image73
    collegedadposted 5 years ago

    Should we increase the voting age in the United States

    Just before the presidential election I witnessed a college student in McDonald's proclaiming that if we elected our officials by popular vote his candidate would win. At least that's what the polls said. This kid was wearing what looked like a chipmunk on his head and was in pajama bottoms. My first thought was that this is what is voting for president.

    My question. You have to be 35 to run for president (for obvious reason) then why do we allow children to vote. Do you feel that we should leave voting age at 18 or raise to 25, 35, 50?

  2. lone77star profile image82
    lone77starposted 5 years ago

    Why make it so arbitrary. I've known some senior citizens who were not running on all cylinders. Age is no guarantee. And I've known some very wise pre-teens.

    Most citizens are ignorant of the important issues. And the Corporate Party news media is no help; they have a corporate agenda that is decidedly bad news for the individual citizen.

    If you look at the following 2 videos, you'll see that voting and Roberts Rules of Order are now dead in our presidential conventions for both halves of the Corporate Party. (I've included the original station links along with YouTube links.)

    RNC Scripted:
    http://www.fox19.com/category/240225/vi … Id=7673872
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2O248VaDpA

    DNC Scripted:
    http://www.fox19.com/category/240225/vi … Id=7698022
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxNg3u70FnY

    The focus should be on the desired end result -- an informed electorate whose votes actually count. All those hacked Diebold voting machines don't help us achieve this goal.

    The fact that Americans have let us slip into tyranny should show us that most of the adult voters are pretty clueless, too.

    Since 9/11, it is now possible for your house to be entered without your knowledge and the authorities will never tell you. It's possible for you to be detained indefinitely by the military and you no longer have a right to an attorney, official charges, a trial or a phone call. It's now possible for you to be assassinated "legally" by the president, if he so desires. And you can be locked up for a decade for the felony of protesting what the government is doing. When we give up liberty for security, we deserve neither -- Ben Franklin was right.

    Wake up! Educate others and create the ideal. Don't fight against the machine. Like the Wars on Drugs and Terrorism, you'll only create more. Acknowledge the evil and dismiss it while you focus on creating a better way.

    Lead by example.

 
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