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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has been quoted by the media as endorsing the idea of granting 16-year-old U.S. citizens the right to vote in federal elections. It got me to thinking ...
I understand that you and a goodly number of other party members have argued that citizens as young as 16 should be enfranchised.
Question - Course - Maturity - Matter - Significance
The question, of course, is one of maturity, which is a matter of no small significance where the governance of our nation is concerned. That you and other Democrats have come to believe that 16- and 17-years-olds are possessed of adequate maturity and reasoning sound enough to merit the right to vote is an interesting point of view.
For purposes of political and philosophical clarity and consistency, I'm obliged to remind you of the fuss you have made over the treatment of alien minors who cross the U.S. border illegally. A July 2015 report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) noted that fully 61 percent of the unaccompanied "children" who crossed illegally were aged 16 or 17 (see the pie chart on page 16 of the report). There is no reason at all to believe that this figure has changed substantially in the interim; it may even be higher.
Words - Category - US - Citizens - Age
In other words, they fall into the same category as U.S. citizens of that age. Logically speaking then, it seems to me that you...
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