Friday, June 1, 2012

John Goldberg — Young Americans ‘so frickin’ stupid’ they shouldn’t get to vote

Appearing in a video published online on Thursday, Jonah Goldberg, editor-at-large for the neoconservative National Review Online website, explains that he believes letting 18-year-old Americans vote is a big mistake that should be taken back....
Young voters were seen as key to President Obama’s victory over Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in 2008, where they supported the Democrat by a margin of 68 percent to 30 percent. Obama has again made it his goal to court younger voters, stopping at university campuses around the country to promote his student loan reforms, among other policies.
The U.S. voting age was set at 18 in 1971, codified by the 26th Amendment to the Constitution. The amendment was ratified by the states partially in response to youth protest movements driven by young Vietnam War veterans who objected to being sent to fight and die for their country while having no say in its governance.
Read it at Raw Story
Conservative editor: Young Americans ‘so frickin’ stupid’ they shouldn’t get to vote
by Stephen C. Webster

Old enough to serve and die, but not smart enough to vote.


Dan Kervick said...

As I mentioned in a comment yesterday to Matt, efforts to disenfranchise American voters, and even to publicly disparage and philosophically undermine the very institutions of democracy and voting are growing dangerously. Democracy itself is under siege. This is no idle concern.

Matt Franko said...

"student loan reforms"

Yeah, their changing the "loans" into federal taxes.

Jonah Goldberg is too much a "frickin'" moron to see this angle...

Tyler Healey said...

The age at which one can be drafted should be no lower than 20.

It's not right to send teenagers off to war.

Anonymous said...

But, but... Palin said child labour is good!

Young enough to work but not old enough to vote?

JK said...

@ Tyler

"Teenager" is an arbitrary term. But what's this about being drafted??

paul said...

"…It's not right to send teenagers off to war…"

It's not right to send anyone off to war, especially a war-for-profit.

Tyler Healey said...

Currently in the United States, you can be drafted at the age of 18. That's too young, in my opinion.

Regarding whether or not it is right to send citizens off to war, there is an argument that it was right to do so during World War II.