The movie "Dumb and Dumber" should have yet another version - "Dumb and Dumber go to California." Nothing could be more appropriate. If it seems like I'm picking on the left coast, well give yourself a gold star - I am.
California State Sen. John Vasconcellos has proposed legislation in California - get this - that would give 16-year-olds a half-vote and 14-year-olds a quarter-vote in state elections. He reasons that today's teens are better informed than their predecessors because of the Internet, cell phones, cable television and, the always popular, diverse society. So he reasons that this informed teen population should have the right to vote.
His Republican counterpart hit the nail on the head calling the plan "the nuttiest idea I've ever heard."
Being serious for just a moment, could it be something in the California water? Or maybe too much sunshine? Whatever the reason, it makes you wonder what they're smoking in California.
Vasconcellos has the following rationale for his legislation "When we gave the vote to those who didn't own property, then to women, then to persons of all colors, we added to the richness of our democratic dialogue." Accepting that thinking as factual, it's still a bit of a leap to grant the vote to 14-year-olds. And come to think of it, what's so magical about age 14? Why not 12? Or 10? You get the drift.
One Berkeley High School student supports the measure. I'll quote him here with a bit of added emphasis from my sordid brain. The student said, "Like, if we could vote man, well like those cool politicians would like see us as like votes, not just like kids, you know and ah, like they would like take our issues like seriously you know ah." Like duh!
There is a valid reason for a restrictive voting age. Kids would be easily swayed by political charlatans and the ensuing chaos is beyond my imagination. But don't let that get in the way of California.
Come to think of it, if California allows kids to vote maybe Michael Jackson could run for office. And then once elected, he could pardon himself. Now wouldn't that be like neat!?