As we continue to progress as a society, and extend rights victim group after victim group, we appear to have missed the most important group of all: children. As Hollywood movies and TV shows constantly indicate, children are increasingly more informed, more mature and wiser than adults. We also see that adults, especially white men, are increasingly clumsy, naive and pathetic, and their kids are constantly rolling their eyes at them and educating them about simple concepts. Yet, in our backward society, children are completely stripped of their rights to vote, have consensual romantic relationships, drive and consume alcohol.
Young people are far more progressive than adults, and are far more open to forward thinking revolutionary ideas like socialism and communism. You rarely see 40 year olds with a families wearing Che Guevara t-shirts, but you regularly see young people doing so. Young people are also more tech-savvy than adults. Sure, most of them can’t change a tire or fix a light bulb – but they know how to use a smart phone and operate a tablet; something most adults just cannot figure out. This is why we desperately need to eliminate the voting age restriction, along with all other age restrictions. If you’ve been born, and the mother has determined that you are no longer abortable, you should be able to vote. It’s as simple as that.
Extremists will argue that the older you are, the wiser you become, and the more you care about greater societal issues rather than your immediate self interest, but if this is true then why did old people vote for Trump and Brexit? The fact is, young people are smarter than ever, and don’t need guidance from parents. They are perfectly capable of making informed decisions using the abundant information available to them through government schools, the media and popular culture. In Mexico, the age of sexual consent is 12! Are we really less progressive than Mexico? Come on America, we can do better than this! It’s time to extend all human rights children, for if we fail to do so, history will judge us harshly and future generations may never forgive us for the damage we have done to society and our political system. This is the Current Year!