Fox News host Tucker Carlson of Fox & Friends raised an interesting deduction on his part about the cognitive ability of a 17-year-old based on some states allowing them to pre-register to vote, as Carlson professed his doubting concern that the average 17-year-old is even able to choose an entrée at a restaurant, much less pick a candidate.
Carlson sat down with Campus Reform reporter Katherine Timpf on Sunday morning where the two discussed the issue of states like Illinois and Colorado allowing 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote and participate in primaries as long as they turn 18 in time for the general election.
“I have a 17-year-old, whom I love more than my own life of course, but are 17-year-olds really capable of choosing an entrée at a restaurant. I mean, for real. Do we want them voting?”
Now Carlson’s comments are thought provoking overall, but especially because it seems to imply that he is not exempting his 17-year-old from the fray of perceptive, youthful ineptitude, and detractors will argue that if his 17-year-old is incapable of ordering an entrée at a restaurant, then how is this young person assumingly getting ready to graduate from high school, if they haven’t done so already?
So what is this lack of ability on the part of a 17-year-old truly an indictment on – the failing education system, although it would be expected that Carlson’s children are in the best schools, probably private schools, or does it speak to Carlson’s parenting skills or a lack thereof?
Liberals and progressives could also make the argument that most 17-year-olds are quite capable of going down to the local McDonald’s and ordering a Big Mac. It seems more than safe to say that most teenagers have mastered that skill-set.
So is Carlson underestimating young people based on their political tendencies to lean more towards liberalism and the Democratic Party the way that young people came out in high numbers to help elect President Obama in 2008, as opposed to the his perceived inabilities of young people to order Buffalo Wings?
Liberals, progressives and even some politically minded conservatives, along with many of these possibly inept 17-year-olds, could find themselves uniting to make yet another argument against Carlson by making the case that since 17-year-olds can be prepped to join the military, they should also be allowed to be prepped to cast their first general election ballot when they turn 18.
And if conservatives like Carlson make it a point to try and legislatively delay young people from the voting process, don’t be surprised if a “war on young people” becomes yet another bump in the political road for conservatives – a bump put forth by their doing, when they are supposed to be trying to attract younger voters, not further alienate them!
In the end, Timpf told Carlson that young people who supported Obama are now disappointed in him, so they might not be so giddy about supporting Democrats or liberalism going forward, as they become more informed.
But in actuality, if people, young or old, are disappointed in the Obama administration featuring Congress, it’s because the political actions haven’t produced the desired results, and the knowledge of political certainty is no guarantee to a 17-year-old any more than it is to a 100-year-old, which makes everyone just about even.