This is my personal opinion whether not the voting age should be lowered to the age of sixteen. I’m a sixteen year old myself and I disagree that it should be done for numerous reasons.
This is a quote from ‘The Newsroom’ that says we have the worst generation ever:
“None of this is the fault of a 20-year-old college student, but you, nonetheless, are without a doubt, a member of the WORST-period-GENERATION-period-EVER-period, so when you ask what makes us the greatest country in the world, I don’t know what the fuck you’re talking about?! Yosemite?!!!”
It seems true that our country isn’t the best anymore because of statistics. Another quote from ‘The Newsroom’ explains what we lead the world in.
“We’re seventh in literacy, twenty-seventh in math, twenty-second in science, forty-ninth in life expectancy, 178th in infant mortality, third in median household income, number four in labor force, and number four in exports. We lead the world in only three categories: number of incarcerated citizens per capital, number of adults who believe angels are real, and defense spending, where we spend more than the next twenty-six countries combined, twenty-five of whom are allies.”
After reading this quote, I feel like it’s all making sense. If we keep maintaining our status quo like what Will said in ‘The Newsroom’, than voting shouldn’t be lowered to the age of sixteen. I agree that we do have an unstable generation because the majority of the kids have cellphones which we use mainly for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Vine, etc. We talk about nonsense such as this random guy from Target who flatters all the girls. His name Alex and I saw him on the news today which bugs me. Instead collaborating about third world countries and struggles that are happening around the world, we are busy taking silly pictures of ourselves and sending them to friends. Meanwhile in Africa, kids don’t have the luxury like we do in America.
Judging by his looks, he could be a sixteen year old who fools around in school all the time. Or he could be very intelligent and has a full understanding in politics.
Furthermore, at the age of eighteen where voting is granted, most of us are still gullible and naive human beings. For example, we don’t know for sure if the Ebola virus is in our city at this moment. A person I know at my age spoke to me yesterday at martial arts practice that the disease has reached Little Saigon in Garden Grove, California. What the heck? I have no doubts someone told him that and now he believes it because of how gullible he is. Even I don’t know if Ebola is present in where I live, so how on earth are we going to have full knowledge in politics?
Essentially, the voting age wouldn’t work out so well if it were to lower at the age of sixteen. I mean, most eighteen year old’s can’t keep up with being mature. Some are still in high school or freshly graduated and still have that young mentality. So how can sixteen year old’s have a strong understanding in politics? Why can’t we just wait until our minds gain a full understanding about life. It won’t hurt anybody to wait until we’re eighteen, but it is possible that the voting age can be lowered. Maybe this ignorant generation will die down. Maybe schools will start implementing some crucial knowledge to all kids about politics. Maybe we will become better critical thinkers, but in the end, we’ll just have to find out.