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In this National Intelligence Daily…
- Progressives push to lower voting age
- Leftist funds Never Trump conservative publications
Progressives push to lower voting age
Last week, I saw where some Oregon lawmakers were pushing to lower the state voting age to 16. “Student activists” were being paraded before cameras to complain about how unfair it was that, at age 16, they couldn’t vote. “I pay income tax like an adult, I drive like an adult, I can be charged and sentenced as an adult. Why is something as important as voting limited to our present and not our future?” asked one student. [source]
It reminded me of Bloomberg Opinion columnist Bernstein Jonathan Bernstein who last year proposed that the voting age could lowered to as low as 13 or 14. “This is one of my longtime hobbyhorses, and so I certainly agree [with lowering the voting age]. Indeed, I’d go lower, setting the voting age at 13 or 14, although I’m open to arguments for making it a bit higher or lower. Sixteen, however, is to me an easy call,” he wrote in his 21 February 2018 daily column.
A similar column ran in the New York Times. [source] The nonprofit National Youth Rights Association has 10 reasons to lower the voting age. [source] Another nonprofit called FairVote also endorses it. [source] There are dozens of other organizations and websites all pushing for lowering the voting age to 16.
Last month, I watched video of a protest at the office of Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) where children begged for legislative action on the Green New Deal because they would have to live with the effects of climate change. “Some scientists have said that we have 12 years to turn this around,” implores one child. Another: “It doesn’t matter [if she can’t vote]. We’re the ones who are going to be impacted!” [source]
AC: There’s a grassroots effort pushing a debate over the voting age, primarily because younger voters skew to the Left. And younger people do have an argument: they’re the ones who will have to pay for reckless spending and poor decisions made by government. “Student activism” is as much a part of left wing culture as any other form of activism, so with a grassroots push and greater publicity over the topic, it’s not outside the realm of possibility that we see a national debate on this.
We could even see action once the Democrats get back into power. With relatively recent proposals to abolish the electoral college, to abolish the Senate, and to grant statehood to D.C. and Puerto Rico (for the Senate votes), it’s clear that progressives want to ‘fundamentally transform’ the country into a voting bloc of solidly Democratic voters.
Never Trump conservative publications back by left wing
In the 22 February National Intelligence Bulletin, I mentioned The Bulwark, a new online publication whose editors are dedicated pushing their brand of Never Trump neo-conservatism. The Bulwark was born after investors pulled the plug on the Weekly Standard, and its two of its editors (Charlie Sykes and Bill Krystol) needed another outlet. Former National Review editor Jonah Goldberg is also joining with former Weekly Standard editor-in-chief Steve Hayes to start their own conservative media outlet to claw back the Republican base from the grip of Donald Trump.
According to an American Greatness report, left wing billionaires like Pierre Omidyar (PayPal co-founder) is either directly or indirectly funding numerous Republican organizations dedicated to stopping Donald Trump. One recipient is The Bulwark’s parent organization, Defending Democracy Together, which received “at least $600,000 from a Democracy Fund affiliate” in 2018. [source]
AC: In that 22 Feb Bulletin, I warned that these Never Trump conservatives could end up backing a center-right candidate designed to sink President Trump’s re-election chances. One thing I’m watching is if they want to sink Trump’s re-election in 2020, reclaim the Republican base once Trump is gone, or do both.