Do Not Let the Children Lead

Do Not Let the Children Lead
Do Not Let the Children Lead

U.S.A.-( Where are all the grown-ups in times of crisis and grief? Don't bother searching America's prestigious law schools.

Two adult men, occupying lofty perches as law professors, argued this week that the voting age in the U.S. should be lowered to 16 because some high school survivors of the Parkland, Florida, shooting who want gun control “are proving how important it is to include young people's voices in political debate.”

That was the assertion of University of Kentucky law professor Joshua Douglas on He praised some student leaders at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who've been making the rounds on TV, shouting at President Trump, Republicans in Congress and the NRA “to demand change” — which Douglas defines obtusely as “meaningful gun control,” whatever that means.

Because these children are apparently doing a better job at broadcasting his own ineffectual political views, Douglas asserts, “we should include them more directly in our democratic process” by enfranchising them now.

Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe similarly tweeted, “Teens between 14 and 18 have far better BS detectors, on average, than ‘adults' 18 and older.” On what basis does distinguished Professor Tribe make such a claim? On a foundation of pure, steaming BS.

Undaunted, gun control advocate Tribe urged: “Wouldn't it be great if the voting age were lowered to 16? Just a pipe dream, I know, but . . . #Children'sCrusade?”

This is unadulterated silliness. It's hashtag hokum from a pair of pandering left-wing profs exploiting a new round of Democratic youth props. I have called this rhetorical fallacy “argumentum ad filium:” If politicians appeal to the children, it's unassailably good and true.

This is not compassion, but abdication. America is not a juvenilocracy. It is a constitutional republic. There is a reason we don't elect high school sophomores and juniors to public office or allow them to cast ballots. There are many, many reasons, actually.

Pubescents are fueled by hormones and dopamine and pizza and Sonic shakes. They're fickle and fragile and fierce and forgetful. They hate you. They love you. They need you. They ignore you. They know everything. They know nothing. All in the span of 10 seconds. I know. I have two of them.

If you're lucky, they've only Googled “Should I eat Tide pods?” or “What happens if I snort Ramen powder?” and not actually attempted the latest social media stunt challenges.

But that's what kids do. Because they're kids.

Many may be exceptionally smart, passionate and articulate beyond their years, but they do not possess any semblance of wisdom because they have not lived those years. Their knowledge of history, law and public policy is severely limited (Common Core certainly hasn't helped), and their moral agency and cognitive abilities are far from fully developed.

Most are in no position to change the world when they can't even remember to change their own bed sheets.

Yet, Tribe relishes the opportunity to hide behind the young Parkland activists headed to CNN's propaganda town halls and Washington, D.C.: “NRA will meet more than its match in these amazing kids,” he gleefully cheered. “It'll meet its master and will be brought to heel. At long last.”

President Obama employed this very same kiddie human shield strategy to ram his federal health care takeover through Capitol Hill and down our throats. Immigration and education lobbyists use it, too. Their cynicism is unbounded. Human prop-a-palooza infantilizes public discourse and renders measured, mature dissent impossible. Those who question the logic, efficacy and wisdom of the latest left-wing “children's crusade” face accusations of “hating” the children. Refusing to acquiesce to their tears and protests is tantamount to letting them die.

Showing resilience and resolve in the face of horrific adversity deserves the highest praise and attention. Juvenile victim status, however, does not warrant absolute moral authority or the unfettered powers in the political arena that ideologically stunted law professors are so eager to bestow upon them.

It's fine to listen, but do not let the children lead.

About Michelle Malkin

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Michelle Malkin is host of “Michelle Malkin Investigates” on As well as the author of “Who Built That: Awe-Inspiring Stories of American Tinkerpreneurs” and “Sold Out: How High-Tech Billionaires & Bipartisan Beltway Crapweasels Are Screwing America…” . Her email address is [email protected]

  • 28 thoughts on “Do Not Let the Children Lead

    1. The only “experience” these kids bring to the table is their having lived in the greatest country and economic system period, ever. They have freedoms, comforts, affluence, and their God given rights are protected (born on the backs of great men with guns BTW) as the result of our Constitution. So they have zero say on anything in my book.

    2. Funny thing is , the children are lead and brainwashed to protest, and the ones behind them are saying “let them be heard,etc”. This is an attempt at a political takeover using a tragedy. Something the Liberal Left is great at.

    3. If you look at todays Democrat Party its run by child like grown ups most never had real jobs went from high school to collage to Politics. And they all(most) live in a bubble.

    4. So far from what I have seen it is all the children doing the school shootings and now they want to try to lead the way on gun control. They are brain washed by the media and entertainment industry and being lead around by their nose. If they allow the Billionaires and Multimillionaires to lead them around like this now god forbid the end result. Just how foolish can these kids be along with all the other fools that want to start changing the Constitution to give a free hand to the rich and powerful to rewrite it to improve life for them while taking the only freedoms the working class has away.

    5. Hypocrisy …a word that is seldom used but clearly necessary in our current media environment .
      First the media demands ..we must lower the voting age to 16 that the adolescents can show us what adults fail to understand ….the adolescent mind being more competent than the adult to understand the issues we face .
      Second …as many other mainstream articles are ranting …we must raise the age of allowed firearm purchase to 21 because we cannot trust the immature young people to be responsible with a weapon .
      Or perhaps I simply do not understand that submission is a clear sign of intellectual maturity ?

    6. Being an oldster with a Draft Card and doing some Kid Movement Stuff in the late 60s and early 70s, it appears to me you are all afraid of these Kids. Talk your Talk, collect your money, and maybe you will continue the BS as these Kids call it, or maybe you can Free Your Mind. Yes I own and carry, yes I own AKs, Macs, and 248 or so other firearms, yet I think it is time (again) to find something that works. I won’t carry in any Government Building as those clowns say I cannot, what is up with that. No Way in A School, and since I have Grand Buds I go into their Schools Un-armed as that is what the left and right want. Yes the R & L want this stuff, so one would think they could learn something from these Kids. They may just walk on by you and change things as There Is Something Going On Around Here
      I watch all 3 major news networks, and guess what, they all lie part of the time. I am a life long voting Registered Independent who is just sick of little ladies or little men talking this kind of trash. Free Your Mind.

    7. These ‘kids’ are NOT ‘leading’ – They Are Being Used by cynical anti freedom groups/individuals that will use any and all methods to get what they want. (absolute control in case there is any doubt as to their goals)

    8. We could dress them in crisp brown brown uniforms and cute peaked caps and teach them how to report on everyone……. sheesh!!!!!!!

    9. There is no one in the country that is not
      Appalled by the shootings in Fla. The response
      By the students does not come from knowledge
      Of Laws that are on the books all over the
      Country over 20,000 it stems from mental
      Illness 40 years ago when someone had
      Mental illness they were locked away but
      At the time this was not fair to the nuts
      That we put out on the streets to be
      Homeless and hurt them selfs and others
      A lot of people dropped the ball with the
      Shooter not the President not the NRA
      Or the law abiding. No law is going to
      Stop this let’s see
      1.gun free zones (you don’t have to worry about
      Getting terminated)
      2. What Democrat paid for the busses and
      Organized this children’s response
      3. They can’t demand anything they have not
      Earned the right
      4. The scary looking rifles are not assault
      Rifles or instruments of war
      5. List the BS of the 17 school shootings
      Last no new gun laws the politicians that
      Use every opportunity to twist the facts
      Can go $&@$ them selfs

    10. As a retired teacher I can say that high school kids are among the most easily led ( sometimes by idiots)of anyone I know. They can be very smart but totally lacking in maturity and the ability to see the future. Every socialist regime in history disarmed the citizens before turning into fascist controlled governments. Can you remember Hitler or Stalin and other fascist of the same mind set?

    11. Last nights town hall hosted by CNN started as a talk about protecting our schools. BS,,,It was a planed attack on Marco, Dana. the GOP and the NRA. Heck, these kids don;t even know what the NRA stands for and the good they do. And for the Sheriff, he used these kids to attack everybody else when it appears his own department should have done much more. NO kids cannot vote!

    12. Most can’t clean up their own room. Never mind clean up this mess. Our legislators want more control yet we fall to enforce what’s already in place.

    13. Most can’t clean their own room. Never mind clean up this mess. Our legislators want more control yet don’t enforce what’s already in place.

    14. Most can’t clean up their own room. Never mind cleaning up this mess. Our legislators want more control instead of enforcing what’s already in place. Always looking for the scapegoat instead of looking in their own backyard.

    15. Where are the parents? This is the problem from the beginning. Let’s start with the shooting,Where were the parents When this youngster got a hold of this firearm? Where are the parents? When these kids think they can change law with feelings and because we think it should be so. Where are the parents if these kids life’s are so important,WHERE ARE THEIR PARENTS? AND WHY ARE THEY NOT OUT THERE IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA? Let’s not put the blame where it should belong.

      1. The cops had been to the house something like 28 times in the past year or two, the FBI had been notified of him I believe twice, he was expelled and people were told to notify security if he was seen on school property with a backpack… And no one did SHIT ! The same can be said with probably 80% of the mass shootings committed, the signs were EVERYWHERE and no on did SHIT !
        To those who push “gun control” there are tons of laws and regulations on the books already that aren’t adhered to. More useless laws that only effect the LAW ABIDING CITIZEN, not the criminals that obey zero laws (thus being a CRIMINAL).Don’t place your failures to act as YOU should have (family, teachers, friends,LE. FBI) on the back of law abiding citizens. YOU are the reason this happened as have many others, YOU have failed and caused these deaths. it was NOT the action of a machine known as a gun, it is capable of doing nothing without the person you did NOTHING about, pulling the trigger. Look in the mirror at the person standing there, THAT is where the “CONTROL” needs to be placed ! See something SAY something, YOU said and did NOTHING.

    16. Lets me get this straight.
      People now say that children under the age of 21 should not be able to buy a rifle.

      But we think they should be able to set policy?

      1. If they want 21 to be the age to be able to purchase a rifle, it must mean THEY don’t see themselves as mature enough and I agree on most of the whiners. So in that way of thinking, No drivers license, no joining the military, and no voting until age 21 and while we’re at it no video games or cell phones.

      2. In most states you must be 21 to ‘legally’ consume alcohol. How is that working out? No deaths from underage drinking? Right? Wrong!!!
        Illegal use of drugs – no matter what age you are. How is that working out?? No deaths from drugs. Right? Wrong!!!
        Cars with maga horse power never speed and are never the cause of deaths – because speeding is against the law. Right? Oh, sorry – wrong again!!
        I shouldn’t have to go on.
        Eliminate Gun Free Zones – that would be a start. TRAIN school teachers – like Israel does – how to defend their students and themselves. That would be a start.
        Parents focusing on the lives of their children instead of their dead bodies might also be a good start.
        I shouldn’t have to go on.
        The bullet killed. No wait – it was the gun that shot the bullet. No wait – it was the one who used the gun. No wait. It was the law that was broken. So let’s create another law. Right? Wrong again!!!
        Want to play the”Blame Game” some more??

      3. @Lou, Well stated! Now, who, typically, uses these kinds on illogical arguments? Useful idiots and socialists… oh my, that is repetitious.

    17. Yeah, listening to the kids worked out well in the 60’s. And then there were the “children’s crusades” back in 1212. They think they are full of wisdom because they don’t know what they don’t know. And there are always adults there to guide them on their path to destruction. A curse upon those adults.

      1. @ GMB.
        Along with Military Service Age ! And That Ain’t Gonna Happen !
        We Don’t Have The Man-Power Now to Maintain a All-out SHTF War .
        The Young Men and Women Who Enlist Today Are not Enough to
        Keep up With That Kind of Demand , Let Alone Raising Enlistment Age.

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