Michelle Malkin (with the headline from the title of one of the worst episodes of the original Star Trek):
Two adult men, occupying lofty perches as law professors, argued this week that the voting age in the U.S. should be lowered to 16 because some high school survivors of the Parkland, Florida, shooting who want gun control “are proving how important it is to include young people’s voices in political debate.”
That was the assertion of University of Kentucky law professor Joshua Douglas on CNN.com. He praised some student leaders at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who’ve been making the rounds on TV, shouting at President Trump, Republicans in Congress and the NRA “to demand change” — which Douglas defines obtusely as “meaningful gun control,” whatever that means.
Because these children are apparently doing a better job at broadcasting his own ineffectual political views, Douglas asserts, “we should include them more directly in our democratic process” by enfranchising them now.
Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe similarly tweeted, “Teens between 14 and 18 have far better BS detectors, on average, than ‘adults’ 18 and older.” On what basis does distinguished Professor Tribe make such a claim? On a foundation of pure, steaming BS.
Undaunted, gun control advocate Tribe urged: “Wouldn’t it be great if the voting age were lowered to 16? Just a pipe dream, I know, but . . . #Children’sCrusade?”
This is unadulterated silliness. It’s hashtag hokum from a pair of pandering left-wing profs exploiting a new round of Democratic youth props. I have called this rhetorical fallacy “argumentum ad filium:” If politicians appeal to the children, it’s unassailably good and true.
This is not compassion, but abdication. America is not a juvenilocracy. It is a constitutional republic. There is a reason we don’t elect high school sophomores and juniors to public office or allow them to cast ballots. There are many, many reasons, actually.
Pubescents are fueled by hormones and dopamine and pizza and Sonic shakes. They’re fickle and fragile and fierce and forgetful. They hate you. They love you. They need you. They ignore you. They know everything. They know nothing. All in the span of 10 seconds. I know. I have two of them.
If you’re lucky, they’ve only Googled “Should I eat Tide pods?” or “What happens if I snort Ramen powder?” and not actually attempted the latest social media stunt challenges.
But that’s what kids do. Because they’re kids.
Many may be exceptionally smart, passionate and articulate beyond their years, but they do not possess any semblance of wisdom because they have not lived those years. Their knowledge of history, law and public policy is severely limited (Common Core certainly hasn’t helped). And their moral agency and cognitive abilities are far from fully developed.
Most are in no position to change the world when they can’t even remember to change their own bedsheets.
Yet, Tribe relishes the opportunity to hide behind the young Parkland activists headed to CNN’s propaganda town halls and Washington, D.C.: “NRA will meet more than its match in these amazing kids,” he gleefully cheered. “(I)t’ll meet its master and will be brought to heel. At long last.”
President Obama employed this very same kiddie human shield strategy to ram his federal health care takeover through Capitol Hill and down our throats. Immigration and education lobbyists use it, too. Their cynicism is unbounded. Human prop-a-palooza infantilizes public discourse and renders measured, mature dissent impossible. Those who question the logic, efficacy and wisdom of the latest left-wing “children’s crusade” face accusations of “hating” the children. Refusing to acquiesce to their tears and protests is tantamount to letting them die.
Showing resilience and resolve in the face of horrific adversity deserves the highest praise and attention. Juvenile victim status, however, does not warrant absolute moral authority or the unfettered powers in the political arena that ideologically stunted law professors are so eager to bestow upon them.
It’s fine to listen, but do not let the children lead.
The assumption of Douglas and Tribe is that children would vote the way they want them to vote. That is a dubious premise. We have two teenage boys in the house. If I polled their friends, I don’t think a majority of them would support more gun control, which is what this issue is about.
Cop Humor adds:
Watching these kids in Florida speaking about gun reform and demanding change with existing guns laws, I’m reminded how much we have failed this younger generation. This generation which knows all too well about instant results and self gratification.
Not once, did I hear one of those kids demanding change with society; demanding more family time, more ethics and morals, more dinners together, speaking with and getting to know your neighbors. There was nothing demanding parents start acting like parents instead of being their kids best friends and being afraid to say, “No.”
Nothing about having kids stop acting like spoiled and disrespectful little assholes to their teachers, parents and authority [How did they get this way?] I must’ve missed the part about demanding change in society about how we treat each other. I also missed the part about demanding law enforcement stop being demonized.
During their speeches, there was no mention about taking accountability and responsibility of ones own actions. How about demanding criminals stop breaking laws?
There was no demanding Hollywood stop making so much money off us by glorifying and sensationalizing violence. No demanding the recording industry stop with the violent, hateful, racist lyrics.
If we were to tell these kids that drinking alcohol is unlawful under the age of 21, how many would stop drinking? It would certainly save MANY lives…If only people obeyed these laws .
Kudos to these kids for the courage to demand change. But they’re missing the point about why society is the way it is and the discussions we NEED to have to turn society in a different direction.