One of the most upsetting things about the Brexit was that most of the people who voted ‘Leave’ were over 50. People of a completely different generation were dictating the future of the youngest generation. Similarly, a large percentage of Donald Trump’s supporters are over 50 years old.
Let’s break that down for a second:
If you were born exactly 50 years ago, then you were born in 1966. In 1966 people’s biggest fears were Russia and the spread of communism. It was also explicitly encouraged to hate people of color.
If you were born exactly 60 years ago, then you were born in 1956. In 1956 people’s biggest fears were Elvis’ hips and the spread of communism. It was also explicitly encouraged to hate people of color.
If you were born exactly 70 years ago, then you were born in 1946. In 1946 people’s biggest fear was another war, which was actually pretty valid. It was also explicitly encouraged to hate people of color.
Hell, 16 years ago the world was almost crippled by Y2K. The point is that things change; they’re supposed to change, that’s how progress is made. Old voters don’t seem to get this as they’re constantly trying to apply the same kind of thinking that worked when they were young to today’s issues.
Slogans like “Make America Great Again” appeal to the mindset of “Everyone and everything is wrong now, it was better 50 years ago.” That’s just not how it works, we’re always adapting. Trying to go back messes with the balance of things and can throw the entire system out of whack. And who will have to deal with the repercussions? The youngest generation that old voters looked down upon.
It’s not that older people shouldn’t be allowed to vote, that’s unfair. They just shouldn’t vote. It’s irresponsible and selfish to try to alter the direction of a world that you won’t be a part of for much longer. Cynical? Maybe. But it’s realistic.
EDIT: Before you respond to this, please reread the last paragraph, it’ll save you some time. I’m no longer responding to comments that mention “taking away someone’s right to vote”, because if you can’t read my work, then I won’t acknowledge your opinion.