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TGIF – March 30, 2018.

March 30, 2018

Is this the Amendment we should repeal?

“It isn’t the 2nd Amendment we need to repeal.  It’s the 26th.”

So said one Virginia observer of the so-called March for Life in Washington D.C. last Saturday. For those that don’t know, that’s the amendment that gave 18-year olds the right to vote in 1971.

Certainly, listening to some of the interviewees answers to questions posed by Campus Reform during the march you get the idea that maybe these kids aren’t the most informed people on the planet.

Hence the comment from the Virginian.

That raises some interesting questions, some of which have been posed here before.

If you are too young to own any kind of gun until you are 21, are you also too young to be in the armed forces, sign a contract, and yes, drive alone?

Repealing amendment 26 would almost by necessity also involve changing the Selective Service registration age to 21 as well, since the whole argument behind the 26th amendment was that if you can be drafted into the military at 18, you should be able to vote at 18.

Of course right now we don’t have a draft,  but in the event of war, it wouldn’t be hard to reinstate it.

Some mental health professionals have long argued that today’s teenagers are more  likely to be adversely affected by PTSD than their counterparts were in WWII, simply because they have been raised in such an overprotected  hothouse environment.

According to some of these professionals, in the event of a draft many might not even make it through basic training without breaking down, because the environment is so foreign to them.

Be that as it may, the March for Life raised some questions its organizers may not be prepared to answer.

Orange County stands up.

Maybe there is still a sliver of hope for California.

Orange County supervisors just decided that the safety of their citizens might be just a teensy bit more important than pleasing the anarchists in Sacramento. They may have found a way to protect them that even Jerry Brown and Xavier Becerra might have trouble squashing.

True , they still can’t work directly with ICE to remove illegal criminal aliens from the state, and they aren’t.

What they are doing is notifying the entire county when they release someone from jail. Not just illegals, but ANY incarcerated person.

In some quarters that’s called protecting victims’ rights.

That immediately triggered the left to go after Supervisor Michelle Park Steel, who introduced the idea,  with their favorite label, calling her a racist B—-h.

That’s rich, since Supervisor Steel’s native language is Korean, her second language is Japanese, and English is her third.

Good job, Orange County. Maybe you can start a trend.  You know, the one that says protecting the people from criminals should take precedence over political grandstanding.

A little truth, please?

Recently various governors and politicians have been falsely claiming that adding the citizenship question to the census means that the total population of a state and thereby the country would be undercounted.

Balderdash.

The only thing that would change is that, assuming the question is answered honestly, we would know how many people are eligible to vote in national elections, and have an estimate of how many people are entitled to benefits reserved for legal residents.

It wouldn’t even prevent any state or municipality from allowing noncitizens (not all of whom are illegal) to vote in local or state-only elections. That’s definitely a decision for the state or municipality.

For instance, you may be here legally, but may not have completed your naturalization process. You still can’t vote in national elections.

You would still be counted. Checking the box “no” would not invalidate all of the other questions and it certainly wouldn’t mean that someone in some far away government office is going to throw your census form in the trash.

Obviously, if you are here illegally, or running from an arrest warrant, you aren’t going to answer the question honestly anyway.

That’s the one argument against the question, but it doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be added.

Where the census form will get you into trouble is if you get caught lying on the form, or you are dumb enough to throw it away, because then a real live human is going to come out to interview you.

According to Mayor Pugh of Baltimore, 160 mayors don’t want the question added to the census.  If that’s true, it says a lot more about their agenda than it does the Census Bureau.

If you don’t like the question being added, at least give honest reasons why. Lying about the issue simply guarantees that you will not be taken seriously.

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