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Tuesday, January 25, 2005

How old can you be and still be a "young person"?

Via InstaPundit comes an article about the charging of 5 guys for slashing the tires of 25 cars being used by get-out-the vote efforts by Wisconsion Republicans.

Now, I'm going to give the Dems the benefit of the doubt and assume that, despite the fact that one of the guys was the son of a former mayor and another was the son of a member of the House of Representatives, that this wasn't a concerted effort by the Democrats to repress the vote - or should I use the phrase that the Dems love to use and say "disenfranchise" Republicans?

But I still take issue with this quote from the Dem spokesperson:

This isn’t anything that we tried to orchestrate. This is something that some young people who used some incredibly bad judgment did on their own.”

Here's the list of those charged:

Michael Pratt, 32, Sowande A. Omokunde, 25, Lewis G. Caldwell, 28, Lavelle Mohammad, 35, and Justin Howell, 20 .

Now, I think calling a 20 year old a "young person" is reasonable. Sure, you are legally an adult, but barely. Mad Anthony did many stupid things as a 20 year old, most of which came after consuming a large quantity of "popularly priced" beer and the kind of vodka that comes in a plastic bottle with a handle and a screw cap. In my defense, however, none of my drunken stupidity had the potential to throw a swing state to an opposing political party in a heavily contested election. And it's interesting that those who the Dems like to protect - the poor and the elderly - are those most likely to not have a car and need rides to the polling place.

But I have a major problem with calling a 35 year old or a 32 year old as a "young person" with the implication that they are too young to know better. That's not a "young person", it's practically middle age. Even 25 is old enough to know that slashing tires is not a legitimate way to win an election and figure out the consequences. Mad Anthony is a year shy of 25, but has still managed to make mature enough decisions as to not be brought up on felony charges.

And many more young people, some younger than 20, have given their lives for this country as soldiers, police officers, and other fields. So think of that before you start believing the "young person" spin.


At 7:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks to the Rathergate coverup the MSM can continue to be bigoted in its "news". In most states you are adult at 18 nowdays.


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