I saw a new Twitter account Sunday morning: TheTinyDiplomat. Immediately, I rolled my eyes as my first instinct was to expect a parody account where Trump’s hands practice diplomacy.
However, it is the account of 7-year-old Havana Edwards. A First Grader in the Washington, D.C. area who participated in a school walkout on April 20th by rocking a NASA orange suit, which may lead a skeptic to think this is all simply a viral marketing ploy for the 20th anniversary of the film Armageddon this summer.
Havana Edwards, either in an attempt to get on the Ellen Show or make a statement about gun violence in schools, was the only one in her class to participate in the Walkout. Which makes you wonder what the rest of those kids were thinking. Maybe it was cold outside, I don’t know, but, I’m disappointed in those other kids. I don’t care their political affiliations, at the very least you would think they would want to leave class and run around a little bit.
In an interview with Teen Vogue, Havana shared that she had urged her other classmates to join her and was sad that they didn’t. “I didn’t understand why they didn’t care,” she said. “I tried to tell them to come, but they said no.”
She was inspired after attending the March for Our Lives and she has also started a Book Club to encourage other children to read books.
Which leads me back around to the original question: 7 year olds, should they vote in our elections?
Here’s the short answer: yes.
Now, there are some caveats. 7-year-old me, should I have been given a vote? No. I can say that one emphatically. I did not deserve a vote. When I was 7 years old I was busy drawing pictures of explosions into every assignment I was given at school. To a degree where my parents had to have a talk with my teacher. Whatever, their loss. Maybe they should have cultivated that desire a little more? Sometimes you need to trust a kid to be more Michael Bay than HAMAS, you know?
But, I’m straying from the point.
Let’s be real for a minute, there were 130 or so million people that voted in the past USA Presidential Election. Over 1 million of those people voted for Jill Stein! So, spare me this idea that a 7-year-old can’t vote.
Here’s my proposal: Let a 7-year-old prove they deserve the vote and then have them snatch the vote away from some adult.
A large part of the problem of American politics is that we encourage too many people to vote. Do we really need all of these votes? When, realistically, we just need an odd number of votes? Look, if you needed Puff Daddy to tell you to vote all of those years ago and that was the motivating factor for you to decide “yeah, I need to vote” then guess what? We don’t need your vote.
There’s no need for all of these campaigns to register people to vote. In fact, we should run voter discouragement drives. Sign people up to vote? No. Lecture people on why they are too stupid and complacent to vote.
Could you imagine if we sent out a letter to the 4.5 million people that voted for Gary Johnson saying, “Sorry, we regret to inform you that you no longer are eligible to vote in upcoming elections. We have given your vote to a 7-year-old.”
Picture this: primetime television, you have Marco Rubio debating a child for their voting privileges. Who isn’t watching that?