Laurence Vance has a great article on today, Why not let six-year-olds vote? He is responding to Michelle Blackwell and Michel Martin’s advocacy for lowering the voting age to 16.
Dr. Vance writes:
I have a better idea than letting sixteen-year-olds vote. Why not let six-year-olds vote? By that age they are able to sign a voter registration form and read and mark an election ballot. Why not let them vote? What possible difference could it make? Consider the following.
We have a two-party system that gives us a choice at every election of voting for Tweedledum or Tweedledee, of voting for socialist A or fascist B, or of voting for the red or the blue welfare/warfare statist. There is not a dime’s worth of difference between the two major parties. The system is rigged so that third parties don’t have a chance. And even if they did, how would that help? In the last presidential election, the Libertarian Party nominated two men for president and vice president who were the most unlibertarian candidates in the Party’s history.
Once in office, politicians of either party seek to do the same things: take our money, redistribute our money, increase the size, scope, and power of government, meddle in the economy and society, tell us what we can’t do, tell us how to live our life, and, of course, get reelected.
The federal budget is over $4 trillion a year, the budget deficit is over $1 trillion a year, the national debt is over $21 trillion, and Americans live in a vast welfare/warfare/police state. Things get worse every year even though there are more Republicans in office at the federal, state, and local levels than at any time since Reconstruction. What possible difference could it make who gets elected to office or who votes for them?
It would be very difficult for an honest person to be able to refute those points, in my view. Dr. Vance is just pointing out the reality of our “democracy.”
By the way, a great book to read on all that is Hans-Hermann Hoppe’s Democracy: The God That Failed. Right now it’s $40 at Amazon, and it’s $34.95 at the Mises Institute. (However, those prices could change at some point after I have posted this.)