Michelle Malkin: Where are all the grown-ups in times of crisis and grief?


Where are all the grown-ups in times of crisis and grief? Don’t bother searching America’s prestigious law schools.


Two adult men, occupying lofty perches as law professors, argued this week that the voting age in the U.S. should be lowered to 16 because some high school survivors of the Parkland, Florida, shooting who want gun control “are proving how important it is to include young people’s voices in political debate.”

That was the assertion of University of Kentucky law professor Joshua Douglas on CNN.com. He praised some student leaders at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who’ve been making the rounds on TV, shouting at President Trump, Republicans in Congress and the NRA “to demand change” — which Douglas defines obtusely as “meaningful gun control,” whatever that means.

Because these children are apparently doing a better job at broadcasting his own ineffectual political views, Douglas asserts, “we should include them more directly in our democratic process” by enfranchising them now.

Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe similarly tweeted, “Teens between 14 and 18 have far better BS detectors, on average, than ‘adults’ 18 and older.” On what basis does distinguished Professor Tribe make such a claim? On a foundation of pure, steaming BS.

Undaunted, gun control advocate Tribe urged: “Wouldn’t it be great if the voting age were lowered to 16? Just a pipe dream, I know, but . . . #Children’sCrusade?”

This is unadulterated silliness. It’s hashtag hokum from a pair of pandering left-wing profs exploiting a new round of Democratic youth props. I have called this rhetorical fallacy “argumentum ad filium:” If politicians appeal to the children, it’s unassailably good and true.

This is not compassion, but abdication. America is not a juvenilocracy. It is a constitutional republic. There is a reason we don’t elect high school sophomores and juniors to public office or allow them to cast ballots. There are many, many reasons, actually.

Pubescents are fueled by hormones and dopamine and pizza and Sonic shakes. They’re fickle and fragile and fierce and forgetful. They hate you. They love you. They need you. They ignore you. They know everything. They know nothing. All in the span of 10 seconds. I know. I have two of them.

If you’re lucky, they’ve only Googled “Should I eat Tide pods?” or “What happens if I snort Ramen powder?” and not actually attempted the latest social media stunt challenges.

But that’s what kids do. Because they’re kids.  READ MORE

17 Comments on Michelle Malkin: Where are all the grown-ups in times of crisis and grief?

  1. The left is losing adults because there platform has become the capital of crazyland. Kids are much more impressionable and can be controlled by the social media platforms that the dems hold sway over. Good luck libs, ain’t gonna happen.

  2. Democrats are using children to protest the NRA now.
    It’s called the “Lord of the Flies Principle”.
    Children will be used to establish a hierarchy of faux selfrigheousness within the dwindling Democrat party due to their hypocrisy and lacking over all morality issues.

  3. I don’t know that many eighteen year old kids that have the maturity or knowledge to vote in our elections. They gave us Obama. They nearly gave us President Elect Hillary Rodham Clinton. And, in 2020, they will try to give us Kamala Harris or some other empty nitwit.

  4. Their angle is always the same when it comes to kids: If they lower the age on voting, they can lower the age on sex. That’s the Democrat utopia.

  5. College students cannot be allowed to hear opposing viewpoints on campus because they are not mature enough to hear views with which they do not agree, but by all means let’s lower the voting age so that people who have no concept of the effect of their votes can vote.

  6. I can’t imagine anyone truly believing that lowering the voting age is a good idea, unless their goal is to speed up the decline of this Great Country! If anything, the voting age should be raised, restricted to those that pay more in taxes than they receive in government handouts, and successfully pass a civics exam.

  7. It’s a good bet these same jerks want the legal age to buy a rifle raised to 21 because people younger than that aren’t mature enough to exhibit good judgment. OK, then, by that argument, the voting age should be raised back to 21 as well.

    I’ll keep repeating this silly idea of mine: in an election for an office where there’s a minimum age, the voter also has to meet that requirement: 25 for House, 30 for Senate, 35 for President.

  8. During Vietnam the line was OLD ENOUGH TO FIGHT OLD ENOUGH TO VOTE. There was even VOTE toothpaste. Voting age was changed from 21 to 18 I guess old enough to remember? Let’s raise the voting age again.


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