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May 16, 2013

The "Great Leap Forward"...

...over the cliff, that is:

When Takoma Park’s next Election Day arrives in November, the lines of voters ready to cast their ballots for the City Council will include a new set of voters making history.

During its Monday meeting, the Takoma Park City Council passed a series of city charter amendments regarding its voting and election laws, including one allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to vote in city elections.

The other adopted charter changes include those allowing felons who have served their sentence of incarceration to vote and same-day voter registration.

With Monday’s vote, Takoma Park became the first city in the United States to lower its voting age — which was previously 18 — to 16.

We do declare - it's like having a tiny bit of New Hampshire, right here in the People's Republic of Maryland!

Takoma Park is the loopy maiden auntie of an already weird state. One has to give them credit - it's hard work, making the news in a state that is committed enough (pun fully intended) to tax rainfall.

Takoma Park has already extended the vote to non-citizens and has a long, proud history of being a sanctuary city where local law enforcement are forbidden to enforce federal immigration laws.

Now that the city has boldly struck a blow for the huddled masses yearning to weigh in on burning issues like zoning ordinances and leash laws, we can't help but wonder what new foray into clueless asshattery will next grace the hallowed pages of the WaPo. But wait! Surely their work is not finished? Kindergarteners are people, too! If you're potty trained, surely you deserve a voice in local government?

We long for the day when the City Fathers Persyns will go all the way and strike down all artificial barriers between people. Authority is, after all, a patriarchal construct and all these laws just get in the way of expressing our beautiful and natural right to do... ummm... something. Hopefully one day they'll abolish all these antiquated power structures and conduct the People's Business in the streets by human megaphone.

Some states import their nutbags from other jurisdictions. Here in Murriland, we like our political whackjobbery home grown.

Posted by Cassandra at May 16, 2013 07:14 AM

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At least here in the Old Dominion that cannot happen, as localities cannot override state law (we're a Dillon Rule state). Taxes are lower too, and south of the Rappahanock --except for a few pockets--the people are very congenial.

Posted by: CAPT Mongo at May 16, 2013 09:21 AM

The Spousal Unit considers himself a Virginian (when you spend 30 years PCSing from state to state, "home" is a relative concept). He graduated from Wm& Mary, and we graduated from high school, got married, had our first child, and rented our first apartment in Va. And I've worked there since 1999.

But northern Va. is just too crowded and expensive, and commuting to work up 95 is a non-starter for both of us. So for the nonce, we are Marylanders :p

I have a lot of affection for Maryland - the western part of the state is solidly red, even if they just gerrymandered our district into the DNC.

Posted by: Cassandra at May 16, 2013 09:28 AM

I hope you're not suggesting limiting the franchise to the potty-trained. That's going to require an overhaul of the registration records.

Posted by: Texan99 at May 16, 2013 09:29 AM

When, in the future, archeologists and anthropologists rummage through twenty-first Century ruins, they will note progressive visions were without limitations. They will classify these heaps of distending rituals as a secular religion's construction of sacred mounds of stupid.

Posted by: George Pal at May 16, 2013 09:54 AM


We'll welcome you back when ready. I live in Williamsburg, BTW.

Posted by: CAPT Mongo at May 16, 2013 11:57 AM

Do 16 and 17 year-old voters have to produce their own ID? Or can they just use their older brother's/sister's like they do to buy beer down at Qwiki Pak-N-Pay?

Posted by: spd rdr at May 16, 2013 05:07 PM

You can't have her, CAPT Mike. She's coming to Georgia -- the only Yankee we'll have welcomed in a generation at least. :)

Posted by: Grim at May 16, 2013 06:36 PM


We do have to get together next time I'm down there!

Posted by: Cassandra at May 16, 2013 06:56 PM

At your service, ma'am. I'm hoping to be taking a trip in the next few months, actually; but nothing is certain yet. My only certain plans for the summer are a trip to visit an old Iraq comrade on the Dragon's Tail at the first of next month.

Posted by: Grim at May 16, 2013 06:59 PM

Sixteen year old kids voting? WTF, I recall at least part of my teen years; all the guys are comsumed by hormones, and having become aware they are intellectctualy adult (in processing power, if not in knowledge or experience) are often convinced on the slimmest of evidence that they are correct in all of their views.
Wasn't any fun getting that attitude figuratively beaten out of me . . .

Howdy Grim,
I've spent a lot of time in Kings Bay, and a little near Atanta (CINCUSNAVEUR reserve unit). GA is similar to WA, where I grew up, in that political persuasion varies markedly by region. Living in an Orlando suburb nowadays.

Very Best Regards,

Posted by: CAPT Mike at May 16, 2013 07:54 PM

I haven't been to Washington state, Captain, so it could be you're correct. What I've seen of Orlando, though, is even worse than Atlanta. :) Someday we'll figure out how to export the cities so they can all go be together somewhere, and leave the rest of us alone.

Posted by: Grim at May 17, 2013 06:54 PM


Now THERE'S an idea!! Virginia will contribute all of the DC suburbs plus Charlottesville to the new state er people's republic.

Posted by: CAPT Mongo at May 18, 2013 12:55 PM