Posted 9 years ago on Feb. 19, 2012, 6:42 p.m. EST by alterorabolish1
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Congress and the state legislatures felt increasing pressure to pass the Constitutional amendment because of the Vietnam War, in which many young men who were ineligible to vote were conscripted to fight in the war, thus lacking any means to influence the people sending them off to risk their lives. "Old enough to fight, old enough to vote," was a common slogan used by proponents of lowering the voting age. The slogan traced its roots to World War II, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt lowered the military draft age to eighteen.
On March 10, 1971, the Senate voted 94–0 in favor of proposing a Constitutional amendment to guarantee that the voting age could not be higher than 18. On March 23, 1971, the House of Representatives voted 401–19 in favor of the proposed amendment. Within four months after the Congress submitted it to the states, the amendment was ratified by three-fourths of the state legislatures, the shortest time in which any proposed amendment has received the number of ratifications needed for adoption.
It was unacceptable to Americans that men were drafted and forced to fight in a war when they were not even allowed to vote. Very few dared to get in the way of this Amendment!
"Money is not Speech" has similar support but we're told it takes time to pass an Amendment. That's just bullshit. We insist that our Congress address this now! We want to know who is against having this debate!