In a short video clip posted at PJ Media, Nancy Pelosi is seen addressing a crowd at the Center for American Progress' “Make Progress” National Summit late last week. Among other delusional comments about the economy, climate change, immigration, and more (the full text of her remarks is here), was this gem of a suggestion about invigorating political change in America:
“I’m for – and I’m interested in hearing your thoughts, and I know you’ll let me know – for lowering the voting age to high school age, whether it’s 16 or 17 or, because when kids are in school they’re so interested, they’re so engaged, and we would like them to be ready at least to register before they leave.”
This comment actually drew applause and cheers, which gives you some idea of the level of political maturity in the room.
Perhaps things were different when Nancy Pelosi was a teenager, but high school kids today, with some exceptions, have little awareness of civics and the political process beyond hashtag slogans and the fact that Barack Obama hangs with Jay-Z and Beyonce.
The voting age has already been lowered previously from 21 to 18, largely as an acknowledgement that teens we were sending off to war should be granted the right to have their political say. But a 16-year-old is at a whole other level of immaturity and inexperience about him- or herself, people in general, and how the world works and how to make sense of it.
Of course, Pelosi and Democrat strategists know that lowering the voting age and registering high schoolers isn't about welcoming informed, passionately engaged voters into the political process. It's about roping in easily manipulated, ignorant herds of uninformed voters who are more inclined to buy into the idealistic fantasy of a utopian leftist future.
In fact, why stop at 16? Why not 12? Why not younger? Obama supporters have been indoctrinating kids as young as kindergartners to sing his praises; why not register them? And why stop at the United States? Why not register all 12-year-old Mexican children to vote in U.S. elections? Since we're on such good terms with Iran now, why not have the mullahs register all Iranian schoolchildren to vote in the U.S.? After all, Democrats already have dead people and fictional characters voting, many of them multiple times.
Anything to broaden the Democratic base.