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    Filed at 7:11 am under by dcobranchi

    LARGE FAMILIES RUUUUUULE!

    From the Wilmington News-Journal:

    Teenagers too immature to vote in national elections

    At the age of 18, a person is still too easily influenced and will usually vote according to what his parents and/or friends believe. Most teenagers do not delve deeply enough into the political world during an election period, and as a result could never truly know what candidate is actually the best for our country.

    This is not to say that there aren’t adults who are the same, but this problem is more prevalent among teenagers.

    I am a senior in high school, and although I am only 17 and did not have the opportunity to vote in this past election, still I would not want the rest of the seniors I know to vote, either. A person usually gains the ability to truly think for himself once he has been out in the real world, on his own, for at least a couple of years.

    If every young adult votes according to their parents’ beliefs, then it is as if parents with more children get more votes than those with fewer children, and that is plainly unfair.

    Jessica Zapata, Middletown

    Well, with logical processes such as demonstrated here, I’m glad she didn’t get to vote, too. Perhaps Jessica Zapata ought to read up a bit on the Vietnam era and how 18-year-olds got the vote. If there’s ever another draft, you can bet that the youth vote will be more than well-informed.

    8 Responses to “LETTER OF THE DAY”


    Comment by
    Andrea
    May 30th, 2005
    at 11:37 am

    Apparently at her school no teens rebel against their parents. That is interesting.


    Comment by
    Jeanne
    May 30th, 2005
    at 2:39 pm

    Well, it sounds like that 17 yo knows she’s not informed enough to vote. My 17 yo son, who will soon be required to register with selective service, is quite well-informed and regularly debates public policy issues with teens and adults. But then, he hasn’t had the benefit of school in many, many years, so he just doesn’t KNOW that he shouldn’t know what he thinks.

    This gal is good material for a Gatto book. Apparently, school is working exactly as Gatto believes it is intended to in her case.

    Does anyone else think this is one of the reasons why the status quo so strongly objects to homeschooling? My kid ain’t buyin’ the “I don’t know enough to vote” line, and is probably on the verge of being a real thorn in the side of society. We shall send him out into the world with a “Question Authority” bumper sticker and his Eagle Scout rank, just to confuse people.

    And I bet he’ll cast a vote in the first election for which he’s eligible. I hope Jessica stays home.


    Comment by
    Gene
    May 30th, 2005
    at 2:45 pm

    I would be more worried if the kids voted the way the schools and their teachers wanted them too.

    This is actually a goal of the NEA. There are multiple books and articals on the subject including “Power Grab”, “Trojan Horse in American Education”, “Treason of the Educrats”, etc.

    “In the book Power Grab, we find that the National Education Association (NEA) has sued teachers for revealing its political activities to their colleagues.” campus...?id=33

    Here is a very common quote found when reading on this topic:

    “The NEA’s Executive Secretary Sam Lambert said in 1967:

    “NEA will become a political power second to no other special interest group… NEA will organize this profession from top to bottom into logical operational units that can move swiftly and effectively with power unmatched by any other organized group in the nation.” ”

    Here is a quote from an artical “Compulsory Education
    ARE OUR “SCHOOLS” CONCENTRATION CAMPUSES FOR MIND DESTRUCTION?”

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    “Every child in America entering school at the age of five is insane because he comes to school with certain allegiances toward our founding fathers, toward our elected officials, toward his parents, toward a belief in a supernatural being, toward the sovereignty of this nation as a separate entity. It’s up to you as teachers to make all of these sick children well, by creating the international children of the future.”

    Dr. C.M. Pierce of Harvard University in a speech to teachers (1973)


    Comment by
    Jeanne
    May 30th, 2005
    at 2:53 pm

    Point well taken, Gene.

    I feel nausea coming on.


    Comment by
    Chad Boudreau
    May 30th, 2005
    at 9:56 pm

    I am not going to get into the questions inherent in the ideas about educrats and such, my question, rather is this: If Jessica proposes that many 18 year olds are not qualified to vote, and so should not be allowed to, how do we define the type of person who CAN vote? Furthermore, who decides these qualifications?

    I talked to many people before this presidential election, and you know what? The teenagers, as young as 13, tended to be more informed, and more eloquent, than their elders.
    Furthermore, I also noticed that the teenagers were more interested in the issues than what party the candidate was.

    I will grant you, we can’t let a generation go off into society that actually cares about the issues…perhaps another year of public school? lol


    Comment by
    Mary
    June 1st, 2005
    at 1:47 pm

    As someone who actually worked to get the 18 year old vote, I can assure Jessica that I did not vote as my parents did. It was more important to end the Vietnam War than to agree with the Nixon crowd . Perhaps those in power fear an 18 year old voting block could again end a war?

    Mary


    Comment by
    Mary
    June 1st, 2005
    at 1:47 pm

    As someone who actually worked to get the 18 year old vote, I can assure Jessica that I did not vote as my parents did. It was more important to end the Vietnam War than to agree with the Nixon crowd . Perhaps those in power fear an 18 year old voting block could again end a war?

    Mary


    Comment by
    Gene
    June 4th, 2005
    at 3:59 pm

    Many, not necessarily those in power, fear 18 year olds will come to the poles and do the NEA’s bidding.