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Do You Support Lowering The Federal Election Age to 16?

Discussion in 'North American Politics' started by esmith, Mar 15, 2019.

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  1. Yes

    14.6%
  2. No

    78.0%
  3. Undecided

    7.3%
  1. Father Heathen

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    America's voters are already ignorant and naive as it is. Giving access to kiddies would only make it worse.
     
  2. Stevicus

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    When you say "kiddies," it makes me think of young children in kindergarten or first grade. 16-year-olds aren't that young. And not all of them are necessarily ignorant or naive.
     
  3. Curious George

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    People like to condemn. While I would not have supported Trump's presidential run, you did. I certainly don't hold that against you, and I can only really speak for myself here. And while Trump won with your support, it was the support of a country and the location of that support which got him elected. Now he is our president regardless. Not seeing how your voting was dangerous or risky. You lent your support where you believed it was necessary, just as we all do.
    Let us nail this down. What positions do you think 16 year olds have that are unreasonable, and ill-thought?
     
  4. Revoltingest

    Revoltingest Greased up & ready for action!
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    I never supported his run.
    I'd have preferred someone else.
    But looking at my ballot, he was just the lesser
    of the 2 evils with a possibility of winning.

    If a robber says....
    "Your money or your life!"
    Handing over your money doesn't mean that
    you support giving money away to crooks.
    It means you support not dying over money.
     
  5. Curious George

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    You and these high risk situations. Voting is not a high risk dangerous activity. You had no gun pointed at you. You were not in fear for your life. Voting is by definition support.

    16 year olds can make a choice to support something they believe in or not.
     
  6. Revoltingest

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    The emotion of fear in one individual is not a good measure of danger.
    So can 14 year olds.
    Would you let them vote?
    12 year olds?
     
  7. Curious George

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    It is a good measure for duress.
    I have already addressed this argument in my back and forth with @Shadow Wolf, feel free to read that exchange.

    But if you are just looking for short answers, probably yes to 14, no to 12. Though that is not to say some 12 year olds would not be able such an independent choice. But you are definitely pushing the bounds of what is statistically age appropriate as you decrease in age.
     
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