Preston Xanthopoulos: Call to change voting age driven by politics … – Foster’s Daily Democrat

Playing with our Constitution for the purpose of partisan advancement is wrong. 

For years we’ve heard Democrats champion the idea of lowering the voting age to 16.  This would have to be by Constitutional Amendment and will not happen, but the reason is transparent. As the old, yet misattributed, adage goes, “If you are not liberal when you are young, you have no heart, and if you are not conservative when old, you have no brain.” (There are several variations of this quote, often claimed to be spoken by Winston Churchill, but no one seems to be able to verify that. It’s basically folklore.)

Personally, I think if your parents still have to be legally responsible for the basic tasks of feeding and housing you and making sure you catch the school bus in the morning, you don’t get to be responsible for who our elected officials are.  Adults are adults. There’s good and bad that comes with that. Wait for it. Those championing it are simply trying to pad the voting boxes with young people’s ballots because, well, whoever said the quote above, is right. Young people are more liberal and will vote for Democrats en masse. 

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