In Frank Capra’s 1946 film, It’s a Wonderful Life, the Man on the Porch exclaims in frustration, “Ah, youth is wasted on the wrong people!”
Looking at the youth of today, un- or ill-educated by unionized teachers, relying on their Baby Boomer parents for knowledge or wisdom they just don’t have (having been the first cohort exposed to unionized teachers and inarguably the Worst Generation), let’s re-phrase the quote, shall we?
“Voting is wasted on the wrong people!”
Why don’t we require voters to be educated?
Or at least not so young as to lack any knowledge, wisdom or experience?
Is the obsession by Baby Boomers with the political involvement of today’s youth, a cohort ill-educated by Baby Boomer education unions, and too young to have any real-life experience a good thing or a bad thing? Youths of any age are ignorant and naïve – it’s part of the definition of being young – no experience, no real-world education, no wisdom. So why do we let them vote?
Baby Boomers came of age politically in the 1960s, predominantly with a cry of “Never Trust Anyone Over 30!”
Why, then, does anyone under 30 trust the Baby Boomers? I mean if we are to state that Boomers were correct in the 1960s – and they obviously believe so or they would have matured – then why should anyone deny their statement?
If Boomers want to be trusted now that they are in the 50s and 60s, the obvious question is, “If you want us to believe you now, well: Were you lying then or are you lying now?”
Perhaps we need a test to ascertain if a person is plain smart enough to vote. Yeah, I know tests once were used to exclude minorities from the booths, but that’s all been legislated and amended and everyone can vote.
But should everyone be allowed to? Why?
If you can’t find your state on a map, should you be allowed to vote? If you can’t name the President and Vice President, should you be allowed to vote? If you don’t know the name of your Representative or Senators, should you be allowed to vote? If you can’t speak English – I mean you have to speak English to become a citizen, and you have to be a citizen to vote, right? – should you be allowed to vote?
If you don’t understand the first thing about history or economics, should you be allowed to vote?
We are the most powerful country in the history of the known universe – politically, economically, militarily.
So why do we entrust the selection of our government to everyone, regardless of their intelligence or education?