Chris Wept: Dumbing Down The Electorate.
The shortest verse in the Bible is in the book of John. It simply says, “Jesus wept” John 11:35 (KJV). To put things in context, Jesus had just heard about the death of his friend, Lazarus. But if you truly know who Jesus was, then you would understand that he wept not out of personal grief…but out of compassion for the grief and suffering of Lazarus’ sisters, Martha and Mary. Jesus knew that everything was going to be okay, because he knew, that as chronicled in John 11:38-44 (KJV), he was going to raise Lazarus from the dead.
Well…I ain’t Jesus Christ, so right about now, “Chris wept” for an entirely different reason. I weep for the future of America, because I just saw this video where, PJTV Correspondent Michelle Fields speaks with young Hillary Clinton supporters at George Washington University about her possible run for the White House in 2016:
If you haven’t wept for the future before…you certainly will now.
Although there is no proof that he ever uttered these words, this quote that has frequently been attributed to Winston Churchill immediately comes to my mind.
“If you’re not a liberal at twenty you have no heart, if you’re not a conservative at forty you have no brain.”
It would be one thing if the average citizen had become smarter since July 1, 1971, but we haven’t. We have definitely become more technically savvy, and socially connected (via the internet) but not one bit “smarter”. Allan Bloom wrote a book called “The Closing of the American Mind” that was published in 1987, in which he describes at length, “how higher education has failed democracy and impoverished the souls of today’s students.”
One of the main selling points behind the 26th Amendment was the idea that there was something wrong with the idea of sending young men off to fight, and possibly be maimed and/or killed in war…but even returned, they still had no right to vote.
I think that issues like these are more than enough reason to have a serious discussion about repealing the 26th Amendment, and raising the voting age back to 21 years old, with the exception being active duty military votes. That wouldn’t guarantee a “smarter” electorate…but it would go a long way towards removing some of the “dumb” from the electorate.
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