This December’s column represents my second anniversary writing for the Scene, and what started as a local column in the Fond du Lac edition has grown to become a regularly published column in all five editions and is posted online monthly. To all of you who read “Rohn’s Rants” every month I sincerely thank you! And for those of you writing letters of protest, maybe you should find a hobby! Ha! I’m just kidding, mostly. To all of you, I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2016!
Time to Repeal the 26th Amendment
The idea of lowering the voting age to 18 dates back to World War II, when President Franklin Roosevelt lowered the age a man could be drafted from 21 to 18. “Old enough to Fight, Old Enough To Vote” was the slogan those in favor of lowering the voting age made famous. An argument that only intensified in the 1960’s as thousands of 18-21 year-olds were being drafted into the Vietnam War.
By 1970 the idea of amending the constitution to lower the voting age had been endorsed by Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, and Ted Kennedy; giving the 26th amendment such momentum that it was ratified in record time, and became the law of the land on July 1, 1971.
In the four decades since lowing our voting age to 18, we’ve abolished the draft, raised the drinking age to 21, and raised the age for when one is responsible for their health insurance to 26 years old.
Most of today’s 18-21 year-old kids are living at college on mom and dad’s dime, complaining that they actually have to pay back their student loans. These kids don’t pay taxes, own property, have mortgages, own a business, have kids, or the life experience necessary to make an educated and informed decision, in fact they watch the Daily Show for their news!
We don’t allow these kids to drink alcohol because they don’t have the maturity to make sound decisions about their drinking, which is seen on campuses with “binge drinking.”
I would argue that voting for the leader of the free world is more important than having a Bud Light on State Street, and I definitely don’t want anyone voting for President of the United States while wearing a Che Guevara Tee-shirt! (Although I suspect that’s exactly how we got into the mess we’re in now.)
The young people of 1941 until 1973 earned the right to vote. They fought for this country, saved the world from fascism, and pushed back at Communist aggression. Today’s young people “fight” for free college tuition, free birth control, legalized dope, and a $15 an hour minimum wage for a job they can’t find in Obama’s economy.
Today’s young people aren’t asked to grow up as quickly as the World War II or Vietnam era kids were, and that’s a good thing, and it’s also why we shouldn’t allow them to help decide who’s in control of the nuclear codes or a $3-trillion budget.
If you’re not old enough to have a beer, go to a casino, or buy your own health insurance, you’re not old enough to vote. So go get some life experience, pay some taxes, and learn what the Berlin Wall was, or what the EPA does, and we’ll see you at the polls in a few years.
Oh, and good luck finding a job with that Art History major! Dude!
It’s time we repeal the 26th amendment.
The French attack
Hours after President Obama proclaimed to ABC News that “ISIS is not getting stronger and is detained,” the single deadliest terrorist attack on French soil occurred when France was attacked by ISIS terrorists, in a horrible display of evil that exists in the modern world.
Following these horrific attacks the American People responded by changing their Facebook profile pictures to that of the French flag with a cute slogan like “Stand with France,” or “Pray for Paris.” A nice, if not empty, feel good gesture from people who want to feel like they are a part of the story and are in some way helping. But are we, as Americans, really willing to do what needs to be done to defeat radical Islamic terrorism?
Are we willing to send more American troops into the Middle East?
Are we going to go to war against Islamic extremists?
Are we going to re-start New York’s Mosque surveillance programs?
Are we going to deter the emigration of Syrian and other Mid-East refugees, and will we demand that President Obama end his Syrian refugee program?
Are we going to support regime change in places like Syria?
Will we demand Obama stop releasing GITMO detainees? (As he hurries to follow through with a campaign pledge to close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center in his first 100 days in office, 7 years too late!)
Will we teach American children the terror of Sharia law, and why America must oppose it?
Will we again stand with our former ally Israel who faces near daily terrorist attacks?
Or are we going to go back to our regular Facebook profiles and forget about the attacks, much like we forgot about the attacks in France back in January when the satirical weekly newspaper “Charlie Hebdo” dared poke fun at the prophet Mohammed, and paid for it with several lives?
I’m guessing the latter.
After all, we still have a president who refuses to call them “Islamic,” referred to ISIS as the “JV” team, said the Benghazi attack was caused by a You Tube video, and is allowing Iran to have nuclear weapons.
Changing your Facebook profile may make you feel better, but in the end it’s pretty much useless, unless we, as a country, start taking the terrorist threat more seriously.
That means electing a president who takes the threat of Islamic Terrorism seriously!
Rohn W. Bishop is a monthly contributor to The Scene. Bishop is a former member of the Waupun City Council and currently serves at Treasurer for the Republican Party of Fond du Lac County.
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