Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Why 5 Year Olds Shouldn't Be Allowed to Vote

"It's not fair that grownups get to vote and kids don't!" my five year old DD wailed as we drove away from the polling place where I had just cast my ballot.

"Do you even know any of the people who are running for president?" I asked her.

She couldn't come up with a single name.

So then I asked her the name of our current president.

She admitted that she didn't know.

"I'll give you a hint," I said. "His first name is George."

She beamed: "Washington!"


NerdMom said...

If knowing who was running was the litmus test I would have been voting at 6 and I know 45 year olds who still wouldn't be;).

Crimson Wife said...

Yep, it's a bit scary that naturalized citizens have to pass a basic civics test in order to become eligible to vote but native-born ones don't.