Brigette Gabriel wants to 'raise the voting age to 21' after election day, sparks debate on 26th Amendment

'Good luck with that with a split government. Had Gen Z voted repug, we wouldn't be hearing this,' said a user

Brigette Gabriel wants to 'raise the voting age to 21' after election day, sparks debate on 26th Amendment
Brigitte Gabriel's tweet has sparked a debate on the 26th Amendment (The Brigitte Gabriel show screenshot/YouTube)
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WASHINGTON, DC: The best-selling author of 'Rise' and founder of ACT for America, Brigitte Gabriel, posted on Wednesday, November 9, on her Twitter handle soon after the results of the mid-term election results were announced, "Raise the voting age to 21." After the tweet, social media engaged in intriguing conversations on the 26th amendment. 

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The 26th amendment declares, "the right of citizens of the United States who are eighteen years of age or older to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age." The voting age, which was initially 21 in the country eventually reduced to 18 during World War II after the slogan “Old enough to fight, old enough to vote” was born. This was mainly because the minimum age to join the army was 18. However, they were not allowed to vote unless they are 21, reported, nationalww2museum

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On July 5, 1971, US President Richard Nixon signed the 26th Amendment into law. Brigitte's tweet has brought some major conversation on Twitter. A user claimed, "It used to be 21, but it was changed because we let boys in the military be so young. The question came up about why they could fight & die before they could vote. I wouldn't mind them changing the voting age if they changed the military age to match it."

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Travis Akers, a famous intelligence officer, commented, "BrigitteIf you can fight your nation's wars at 18, you can damn well vote." Meanwhile, a user said, "As much as this would piss off some folks it makes sense. But I'd adjust lil bit and say if serving in military still vote at 18 or up the enlistment age to 21 as well. If your old enough to go to war you are old enough to vote, smoke, drink and gamble in my eyes."

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However, another user had a unique thought claiming, "Lower it to 16, if you can pay taxes you should be able to vote, that or kids under 18 are tax exempt. Not sure if you know this but taxation without representation is not cool so raising it to 21 would be an insult to what this country was founded on not unlike the duopoly is." "Raise the legal age to join the military to 21. I mean, if you can't vote, why should you serve your country," said another.

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A tweet read, "That is exactly why the 26th Amendment to the Constitution was passed. During the Vietnam War, the American people decided it was unfair to send 18-year-olds to war if they did not have a say in electing the people sending them to war." "We are lucky that the voting age is guaranteed by the 26th Amendment because if it wasn't, I'm sure Republicans would have proposed this change already. Still, I'm not sure even an Amendment can stop the 6-3 if Roberts thinks this will help Republicans. :(," said Elie Mystal of The Nation. 

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Another user stated, "Funny how Republicans who want to amend the 26th amendment so that the voting age is raised to 21- are the same folks who spout the 2nd amendment, if an 18 year old wants an AR-15." A tweet explained, "Yeah, 12 year olds can have babies, 18 year olds can buy weapons of war, but raise the voting age again to 21. Raising the voting age requires repealing the 26th Amendment. Good luck with that with a split government. Had Gen Z voted repug, we wouldn't be hearing this." However, a user said, "Republicans literally want to amend the 26th Amendment in order to raise the voting age because young people aren't yet brainwashed enough to vote Republican. But god forbid you interpret the 2nd Amendment different from them."

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