In high school, we had a science teacher who had an affinity for showing videos in class. That class also had a couple of guys who used the darkness of the back row (and its unfettered access to the chemistry supply stash) to their full advantage.
One time, a shout of pain had us all whirling our heads around to see that one of said boys touched a live wire to the metal chair the other was sitting in. On another day, a bright glow suddenly filled the room because these two morons had decided it’d be fun to set some magnesium on fire.
The teenage brain is a messy, complex thing. There’s a swirling hurricane of hormones, a shockingly strong sense of invincibility, and a very-much-still-developing concept of common sense.
Enter former Congressman, failed Senate candidate and current presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke.
As a teenager, the young Texan belonged to the “oldest group of computer hackers in U.S. history;” drove drunk, got caught, and was charged; “stole long-distance phone service;” and—most egregiously of all, wrote a murder fantasy in which the narrator drives over children on the street.”
Mind you that some of these things are serious offenses. Serious.
(For the record, I happen to think that Robert Francis O’Rourke—who likes to pretend he’s Latino for funsies—has bigger problems than a teenage affinity for doing stupid crap, given his adult proclivity for things like pranking his wife with baby turds and “Psycho-Style Shower Scares,” or eating New Mexican dirt in some sort of weird sore loser ritual following his Senate loss, but what do I know.)
But shhhhhhh. Beto is “Barack Obama, but white.”
For the sake of argument, we’ll give Beto old pal a pass, and chalk this up to teenage foolishness; the same underdeveloped brain that plagues every young person.
No reasonable person would point to little Betito (yes I know that’s redundant) and say, “gosh, now there’s a human being I’d like to see choosing our government officials,” right?
One would think, wouldn’t one.
Indulge me for just a moment while I pivot to the technical.
Explained scientifically, “our brains do not fully mature until we are in our mid- to late-20s, when the frontal lobe, which controls decision-making and risk-taking, develops.”
The neurobiologist contributing to this piece continues, “they’re [teenagers] really like Ferraris with weak brakes. They’re learning machines, but they can learn good and bad things.” She goes on to talk about how teens today are exposed to an “unprecedented amount of information,” thanks to the internet, and this can get dangerous when combined with the fact that teens are “novelty seeking.”
Sounds about right. Teens seek novelty. And what better novelty than the first female president, or the first hacker president, or the first openly socialist president, or the first whatever.
Enter the Democrat party.
Alongside calls to completely uproot and toss out other core parts of our republic, the Democrat party has decided it’s high time that a teen get their voter registration card right alongside their newly minted driver’s license.
Nancy Pelosi, speaking to press about how the Democrat caucus is “collecting thoughts” above lowering the voting age to 16 for federal elections, said “I think it’s really important to capture kids when they’re in high school, when they’re interested in all of this, when they’re learning about government to be able to vote.”
Yup, catch ‘em while they’re young.
The “rationale” given is that it’s a way to start a habit early; that is, in order to make it lifelong.
It’s interesting, given that Democrats don’t seem to have a problem getting the young vote. In the last two presidential elections alone, Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump 55 percent to 37 percent among young voters, and Barack Obama beat Mitt Romney 60+ percent to 37 percent in the same age category.
It’s not some benevolent effort to get the kiddies interested in civic participation; it is (in concert with calls to abolish the Electoral College and stack the Supreme Court) an effort to ensure a loss-proof majority—especially since their dreams of impeaching Donald Trump seem to be dissipating with every passing Mueller Report-less day.
This is a powerful weapon—and in fact, it’s a double-edge sword.
On the one hand, we’re dealing with human beings whose brains are literally not done setting up shop when it comes to the frontal lobe which is responsible for a host of things including reasoning and cognition.
Things that are rather important when it comes to, say, making a decision that could impact the entire country.
(And for the record, I’d be for raising the voting age to 21. At least.)
On the other hand, we’re dealing with a crop of teens raised in a school system that has, as this piece rightly points out, “indoctrinated them into believing liberal policies are the only correct policies.” The writer continues, “these students haven’t learned to think for themselves, and Democrats want them to vote to shore up their numbers.”
Young kids. Undeveloped brains trained to embrace leftism and ignore its constant failures.
Yes, it’s a Leftist Teenage Dream.
Mary Ramirez is a full-time writer, creator of www.afuturefree.com, and contributor to The Chris Salcedo Show on KSEV 700 Radio in Houston. She can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org; or on Twitter: @AFutureFree