We are a funny old country aren’t we?
Many here denounce the idea of 16yr olds being allowed to vote, but didn’t those same voices leap to praise a 12yr old attacking a peace protestor last week.
How a 12 ear old with a very warped pro-militaristic war apologist view of when one can and can’t protest in a democracy has more support than lowering the voting age is a reminder of how the dominant political power will alway elevate their narrative above everyone else.
If it’s good enough to cheer a 12 year old kid on in a political discussion and hold his opinion up as gospel then why aren’t we allowing that thinking to extend to 16 and 17 year olds?
16 and 17 year olds face the political realities of climate change in a way boomers who dominate our ballot boxes will never have to contemplate, and including them into our election process could be the largest force for change we’ve seen since universal suffrage.
It’s a pity we only think young people should have a voice when they parrot the petty bigotry of their elders.