What the heck, let’s just let everybody vote.

Lately I’ve seen a few articles about measures in various places – the U.K. and different U.S. states – advocating lowering the voting age to 16 or even 14. I understand that a few years ago, one state proposal was raised which would have allowed 12-year-olds to vote.

I am completely in favor of this. It isn’t so much that I have a high opinion of the maturity of teenagers as that I have a jaundiced opinion of that of adults. I spent most of my childhood contending with adults who were throwing temper tantrums during which they screamed, threw things, and of course physically attacked me; somehow I did not acquire a respect for the maturity and self-control of adults from these experiences. Letting teenagers vote is not going to make things any worse.

Another reason, however, is that most people consider lowering the voting age below the magic age of 18 to be utter insanity. (Remember that only a few decades ago 21 was the magic age at which people were supposed to become wise enough to cast a ballot.) In the coming decades, the world is going to see disasters by the bushel. If we lower the voting age, many people will attribute the disasters partly to this and will insist on raising it. It is to be hoped that the mania for giving the vote to any biped will eventually cause a reaction in which women as well as teenagers are relieved of this political power. Other than the horrific dhimmitude towards which we seem headed, this is our best hope of abolishing the blight of women’s suffrage.

The Top Ten Reasons to Lower the Voting Age did not offer any reason for teen suffrage I found convincing, and we can see the fallacies in these reasons by applying them to women’s suffrage:

Youth suffer under a double standard of having adult responsibilities but not rights and Youth pay taxes, live under our laws, they should have the vote.

These arguments sound good on the face of it. I mean, it’s only fair, right? But the same could have been said of women a century ago, and we have seen the result of allowing women to vote. (If you are not familiar with the results, follow the links in my “Women’s Suffrage” category.)

Politicians will represent their interests if youth can vote

Ever since women have been able to vote, politicians have represented their interests. The results: expanding government, welfare, and entitlement programs. Not to mention the weakening of our defense and an ineffectual approach to dealing with crime.

Youth have a unique perspective, they’ll never have those experiences again

Women have a unique perspective which men never have. It has led them to elect leaders who have implemented welfare programs and alimony laws which mean that women can have both children and enough money to live on without having to be loyal to any one particular male who provides these things.

Lowering the Voting Age will increase voter turnout

Is voter turnout inherently a good thing? There are many, many people currently eligible to vote who don’t bother. Some of them don’t care. Some of them haven’t bothered to become well informed about issues. Do we want them voting? Once on the news a woman was interviewed after she emerged from a voting precinct and was asked how she had voted on a referendum. She said, “I didn’t know what that was, but I voted for it!” Do we really want to encourage people to vote?

If we let stupid adults vote, why not let smart youth vote?

This argument was applied to women’s suffrage. The problem is that it is not female stupidity that makes women’s suffrage an unwise idea; indeed there are many women who are highly intelligent. It is the inescapable perspective on issues that women have to have. Women understand, at an unconscious level, that invaders will probably let them live because they will want us to cook and spread our legs for them, and this is a large part of the reason women are more likely to oppose war, even to defend civilization itself. Women understand, whether we admit it or not, that we cannot face combat ourselves, so we prefer to appease invaders or criminals rather than fight. Women know that if we are pregnant or raising small children, we will need someone else to provide for us, so the safety net of welfare looks awfully tempting. And so on. If you think that spreading your legs is a good way to respond to terrorism or military threats, if you think that stealing money from those suckers who work to provide for those who don’t is morally acceptable – that is to say, if you are a Democrat – then women’s suffrage will seem to be a good thing. If you accept the hard reality that these things destroy civilization and make life miserable for most individuals, women’s suffrage is a disaster.


6 Responses to “What the heck, let’s just let everybody vote.”

  1. Joe Says:


    Great post.

  2. Joe Says:


    Great post.

  3. Joe Says:


    Great post.

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