On Thursday I posted a clip of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) endorsing an effort from her colleague, Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), to lower the voting age to 16.
“I myself personally — I’m not speaking for my caucus, I myself have always been for lowering the voter — the voting age to 16,” Pelosi said during her weekly press conference. “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. … But my view is that I would welcome that. But I had been in that position for a long time.”
Since then, young Americans have begun sharing stories of what they were doing as 16-year-olds, and why this doesn’t bode well for this demographic shaping the course of foreign and domestic policy.
Below, please enjoy some of the most hilarious explanations of why Pelosi’s push to again lower the voting age might not be such a hot idea.
The responses to this original tweet are getting hard to keep up with. If you’ve spotted any other hilarious examples of why 16-year-olds deciding the fate of our nation, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Ken Wright from South Jordan, Utah emails this anecdote: “When I was 16, we took the trunk lid off a Ford LTD so we could bolt a couch inside it then sit in the trunk. Tried to hunt rabbits with it in the desert while sitting on the couch with my friend driving. 2 loaded rifles and one loaded shotgun (bigger moron) seemed like a good idea in a bouncy car. It was so dusty though we couldn't see a damn thing and we all got sinus and eye infections from the dirt. Bunnies were safe. Nancy's idea is dumber than mine.”