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Let’s Lower the Voting Age to Six Years Old

In the wake of the recent school shooting in Parkland, Fla., some of our good friends on the left are taking the opportunity to call for the national voting age to be lowered to 16. The thinking is best encapsulated by former White House speechwriter Jon Lovett, author of “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”

Lovett writes:

With the 26th amendment to the Constitution we lowered the voting age to 18 in part as a response to the burdens young people carried in Vietnam. It’s time to lower it again to 16 in recognition of the ways our society has changed in the decades since. It is a reform that is as obvious as it is necessary.

Lovett then slaps away the various feeble arguments against his wise proposal, including:

  • Oh, young adults are too immature to vote, are they? On the contrary. They've already developed “cold cognition,” the sort of rational decision-making skills required to handle tough life questions like “Who should I vote for?” and “Which color of laundry detergent should I film myself eating?” They got this! 🔥🔥🔥💯💯💯
  • A person who’s too young to buy a gun should be able to vote because a ballot never killed anybody. Do you have any idea how many paper cuts it takes to bleed someone to death?
  • In trials for serious crimes like rape and murder, we treat youngsters as adults. Why shouldn’t they be held similarly responsible for their other horrible decisions, like supporting Democrats?

And so forth.

Lovett's idea is obviously awesome, and no serious person can possibly disagree with it. But if anything, I don't think he goes far enough. Lowering the voting age is long overdue, yes, but this still wouldn't include nearly enough potential voters to help Democrats start winning elections again really be fair.

Why stop there? Why not lower the voting age to... six?

I know what you're saying. "What have you been smoking, Treach? And can you hook me up?" Probably nothing, and definitely not. Now, just hear me out:

Kids Have Longer to Live Than the Rest of Us. As Parkland student and gun-confiscation advocate David Hogg has pointed out, the NRA needs to just shut up because he and his friends will "outlive" them. On average, he's right. He probably has a lot more time left to say words and make gestures on cable news than older people do. He'll still be talking while they're decomposing. By that measure, shouldn't even younger people have even more of a right to determine their own future?

The more recently you were born, the more time you have to live with your mistakes. Why not start making the big ones now?