Courtesy of The Hill:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) voiced her support on Thursday for lowering the federal voting age to 16, telling reporters during a press conference that doing so would be a boon to voter engagement in the U.S.

Pelosi said Thursday that lowering the voting age would drive interest in politics among younger Americans who are learning about the subject in high school. The Speaker said that changing the voting age to 16 would help drive a higher level of voter awareness and turnout.

“I myself have always been for lowering the voting age to 16,” Pelosi said. “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.”

You know I consider myself to be a pretty progressive fella. 

Of course, I live in Alaska where not shooting at animals from a moving vehicle, calling feminists c*nts, or yelling at Alaska natives to go back where they came from (Asia?) qualifies me as a tree-hugging faggot. 

Still, I work with teenagers and I am not sure I would trust them to feed themselves without parental supervision, much less allow them to participate in our precious democracy. 

I mean if they had allowed sixteen-year-olds to vote when I was one back in the seventies I am fairly confident that “The Fonz” would have easily defeated Jimmy Carter in the 1976 race. 

I don’t even like to share the road with sixteen-year-old drivers much less stand side by side with them at a polling station. 

Did I just turn into a cantankerous old fart, because I kind of feel like I turned into a cantankerous old fart?  

Feel free to disagree with me, I will just be sitting here yelling at the kids to get the hell off of my lawn.