Massachusetts Representative Wants 16-Year-Old Kids to Vote [OPINION]
Well? What did you expect? The far left in the Massachusetts 7th Congressional District—Cambridge, Somerville, Randolph, Boston, Chelsea, Milton and Everett—all decided to throw out the once-popular Democrat Congressman Joe Capuano and replaced him with former Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley.
Pressley was best known in Beantown for her calls for more action in terms of equality for minorities and gays for one, but more social programs, illegal immigrant access to taxpayer funds and other (ahem) sensible things are on her wish-list. She is even far to the left of the liberal Capuano politically. Let's face it, in Greater Boston, since the #MeToo movement, white heterosexual males need not apply.
Mike Capuano was thought to be a "safe seat" in the elections. He's been the darling of unions, polled well with minorities and the elderly. But he was tossed out on his lily-white, hairy-man keester in November of 2016.
The priority for contemporary liberals is identity politics. It seems clear that it's not about your agenda as much as it is your gender. And while they say race is not a consideration, it really only means that as long as you have more melanin density than a typical caucasian who has been spending a few weeks on a beach in Miami sans any sunblock, rainy days or beach umbrella.
So the first real declaration by Pressley once in Washington (and of course not counting Trump bashing) is to throw out her desire to see the day when 16-year-old children can help to decide the direction of our nation. Yes, 16 years old. Minors. Teenagers. Youngins.
We're talking a voter demographics of people who sometimes ingest Tide Pods, and spend more time playing video games than sleeping. Citizens who send "will you go out with me" folded notes delivered by Aiden or Jayden or Brayden. Also, and many of whom believed in Santa Claus just a few years ago, may still wet the bed, pick their nose and eat it and/or can't seem to understand their parent's ire when they get the quite unnecessary iTunes bill that suddenly and inexplicably ended up being paid for on their credit card.
Sounds legit! What could possibly happen? It was rhetorical but...
- Free college
- Free stuff
- Payments for attending school
- Access to parent signature stamps
- Ban of little brothers
- Voting apps on PlayStation and Xbox
- Mandatory Chipotle school cafeteria kiosks
- Illegalize the hours of 5 a.m. to 9 a.m.
- $50,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 in research money for zits
- Sweet hookups to Nike, Six Flags and passes to indefinitely skip gym class
Ohhh liberal Massachusetts, you were so wise to hitch our wagon to Ayanna's star.
This is an idea whose time has come—if you don't pay taxes, don't care about the future of the United States and want a more ignorant, immature and impressionable voter.
In a democracy, you get the government you deserve. If Massachusetts gets its way, it will not end well for most.
Now this sounds like Russian collaboration.
Watch the video of Pressley's speech here.
Ken Pittman is the host of The Ken Pittman Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @RadioKenPittman. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.