I can’t leave it at just that.
Putting “smart” and “stupid” into quotes implies that these aren’t realistic factors in human existence. They are. They are very real. There are short people. There are tall people. We don’t tell the short people they are tall. But we tell stupid people they are smart, and they start insisting that they are and that they should have the same permissions as everyone else. This is insanity. It’s not about being “not nice.” It’s about the safety of everyone around them.
If someone with Down’s syndrome loved playing with his plastic soldiers as a child and hit his 18th birthday, should he be allowed to join the military? Of course not. It would be dangerous for him and his fellow soldiers.If a blind person really wanted to drive and said it was unfair that he was being called blind and he should be allowed to drive like everyone else, should we let them? Of course not. The only difference between these examples and allowing people who aren’t capable of making educated decisions to vote is that in one scenario, lives are in immediate danger, and in the other, many more deaths will happen but it will take longer.
It’s not about being un-inclusive, it’s about people not being allowed to make decisions they are not capable of making and which could put everyone around them in danger. Allowing people with very low IQs and absolutely no education about the American government to vote? It’s dangerous. It lands us in the situation we’re in now. Letting the stupid vote is a form of genocide.
“Smart” and “stupid” are not subjective terms belonging in quote marks. They are as real as any other physical characteristic. And they matter. As long as we keep insisting they aren’t real and don’t count, we are slipping further and further into the incompetence and ignorant hatred that is currently defining our nation. Stop devaluing smart children by telling them their brains don’t matter and their qualities aren’t real. They haven’t thrived in decades because of our refusal to value them. I’m sorry being stupid hurts people’s feelings. It is what it is. We can’t pretend it doesn’t exist just to make their hurt go away.