The American electorate is enduring a tumultuous demographic change that could affect the future.
Younger voters are increasingly influenced by social media trends, changing the way they see the world.
And now this longshot Republican Presidential candidate just proposed a new election law that will put your jaw on the floor.
Vivek Ramaswamy makes controversial proposal to restore national pride
Biotech executive and Republican Presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy is making headlines with his latest plan to take on the issue of national pride.
He says the problem is manifesting itself in the form of declining enrollment in the United States Armed Forces, and is a danger to the country.
Now, he’s proposed a shocking change to the American election system that he believes will fix the problem.
Ramaswamy has proposed adding a “Civic Duty Voting” Amendment to the U.S. Constitution – meaning he would like to make it illegal for anyone under the age of 25 to vote unless they first served in the U.S. military.
“The United States faces a 25 percent recruitment deficit in the military and just 16 percent of Gen Z say they’re proud to be an American,” Ramaswamy wrote on his website. “The absence of national pride is a serious threat to our Republic’s survival.”
The Republican hopeful seeks to make voting a “coveted privilege” amongst American people
Ramaswamy’s plan to enforce “Civic Duty Voting” would see 18 to 25 year olds barred from voting until they serve six months in the military, as a first responder, or pass the test administered to immigrants going through the process of naturalization.
He says that in addition to lacking numbers of public servants, America faces a problem with people under the age of 25 voting.
The Republican’s website claims that only 23% of those under the age of 25 actually vote, and he believes making it a “coveted privilege” might help the problem.
He sees the plan as not only a vetting process for young voters, but also an equalizer.
His website says that under his plan, “a kid of a billionaire can’t vote if he misses the requirement while a kid of a single mother in the inner city can still be part of the special group that determines who governs the nation.”
He also believes that regardless of the outcome, his mere mentioning of the proposal will somehow help the nation.
Ramaswamy says that a conversation around civic pride and voting privileges is “long overdue”
Ramaswamy knows that to accomplish this wouldn’t be an easy task.
That’s why he’s already discussing the idea of a Constitutional amendment.
He believes that making it more difficult to change the voting requirements would create a larger national discussion around civic involvement.
“The high hurdle is a good thing,” he claimed, because “debating the merits of a proposed Amendment will itself catalyze a long overdue conversation about not only reviving civic pride among young Americans, but what it even means to be a citizen today.”
Ramaswamy says that it’s troubling that people can’t answer the simple question of “what does it mean to be an American?” and that this problem goes beyond people under 25.
He thinks it’s because people “of every age” are “lost” and “hungry for a cause.”
The idea of “Civic Duty Voting” isn’t new and has been used in European countries for a very long time.
Some nations, like Germany, also include the option of working in an elder care facility —an industry that has been plagued by labor issues and will only get worse.
US Political Daily will keep you updated on any developments to this ongoing story.