In response to the draft and the Vietnam War, America passed the 26th Amendment. The thought was if you are old enough to be drafted, you are old enough to vote. However, today California Democrats have exposed that their attempts to allow 17-year-olds to vote are not for the noble reasons of the 26th Amendment but cynical attempts to get more Democrat votes.
At the same time that Democrats are arguing that 17-year-olds have the maturity to vote, they are proposing legislation that they are to be considered children until they are 20.
A California lawmaker argues that 18- and 19-year-olds aren’t mature enough to do prison time if they break the law, and so she has submitted a bill that would treat them like juveniles.
Under the proposed bill, twenty would be the new age when someone would automatically face criminal charges as an adult.
“When teenagers make serious mistakes and commit crimes, state prison is not the answer,” said bill sponsor Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley. “Processing teenagers through the juvenile justice system will help ensure they receive the appropriate education, counseling, treatment, and rehabilitation services necessary to achieve real public safety outcomes.”
This is the same California assembly that passed a bill allowing 17-year-olds to vote last year.
The hypocrisy is strong here. So a 17-year-old is mature enough to vote but not mature enough to be tried as an adult? Of course, the reason for this liberal position is “immature” 17-year-olds tend to vote Democrat. The 26th Amendment's purpose was noble; California’s constitutional amendment is a cynical political ploy.