Daily Topics - Tuesday August 17th, 2010

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shawnt56
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Quote of the Day:  Elections belong to the people. It is their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters. -- Abraham Lincoln

Hour One: How do we save the U.S. Economy from the corporate world trade vampires?  Lori Wallach, Director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch will be here  www.citizen.org

Hour Two: How could lowering the voting age to 16 change America?  Thom has a rumble with Reagan Biographer, Craig Shirley, President of Shirley & Bannister Public Affairs  www.craigshirley.com;  Plus, Jeffrey Nadel, the 17 year old President of the National Youth Rights Association talks to Thom www.youthrights.org

Hour Three: Should we regulate violence the same way we regulate pornography?  Thom debates Jacob Sullum of Reason Magazine  www.reason.com

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poindexter monkeyboy
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I agree with Thom that it's a

I agree with Thom that it's a good idea to lower the voting age to 16. The problem I see with this though (and this is my cynical side talking) is that Fox News will immediately start developing programing geared toward a "news" channel for teenagers, political ads will start infiltrating Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon, etc.

The advertising companies are probably already salivating over the potential of this new market niche...

-Poindexter (from Seattle) 

carolyn.patterson
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I was listening to some of

I was listening to some of the show about 16 year olds having the right to vote and the comments made regarding civics classes and empowering teens with the knowledge of the importance of the vote.  As a parent of 3 ages 22, 18 and 15 I have been paying attention to what is taught - or rather not taught - to our kids in the public school system - at least here in Florida.  It is my observation that there is no real empathsis put on American History or in how our government works and why it is set up the way it is - until 11th grade when they have one year of US History and the 12th grade which has half  a year of US Government. As a matter of fact my youngest son had a 6th grade world cultures teacher tell me the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution was one in the same document, and argued with me when I disagreed with her.

People who apply for citizenship to this country have to know more about our government and history than the children who are born here. Dont people realize how important it is to our society and way of government that our children learn from an early age till they are out of school our heritage? Our system of government was created to work with a well informed citizenry. Talk about conspiracy theories - maybe that is the way to do it - dumb them down and the time will come where no one has the knowledge to know when their rights are being voilated, ignored or stolen.

I made sure my kids learned the US Constitution and when they see something outrageous on the news and say that  cant be legal or that must be unconstitutional - I quiz them on which artical they think it might be in violation and encourage them to look it up to see if it is.  Wish the schools did the same.

RandyWinn
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The first few years you do

The first few years you do ANYTHING, you're not really very good at it.

Driving.

Sex.

Voting.

It just takes time to learn how to do stuff right. It's a good idea to lower the age of voting to 16. Let the kids get their uneducated voting years out of the way when they're young, and they'll have more years to be a smart voter.