by James C. Sherlock
J. D. Vance, the author of the acclaimed biographical work “Hillbilly Elegy,” is a candidate for the Republican nomination in Ohio to replace retiring Republican Senator Rob Portman.
I haven’t studied that Senate race, and don’t have a favorite, but Mr. Vance has raised an issue for our time.
He has last week called out “the childless left” for their lack of “physical commitment to the future of this country.” From the N.Y. Post:
“The left isn’t just criticizing our country … it’s trying to take our very sense of national pride and national purpose away from us,” he said, blaming figures such as Vice President Kamala Harris, Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, along with AOC, for stoking “cultural wars.”
“Harris has called herself the “momala” of her two grown stepchildren, Cole and Ella Emhoff. Booker, Buttigieg, and Ocasio-Cortez have no children.”
“Vance offered a startling solution to what he called the “civilizational crisis”: extra voting power for parents.”
“The Democrats are talking about giving the vote to 16-year-olds,” Vance said.”
“Instead, he said, “Let’s give votes to all children in this country, but let’s give control over those votes to the parents of the children.”
“Doesn’t this mean that parents get a bigger say in how democracy functions? … Yes,” he concluded.”
I don’t agree with Mr. Vance’s broad prescription for calibrated voting rights. I don’t think he does either. In fact I believe that Mr. Vance, a Yale Law School graduate, used that statement to bring public attention to the issue rather than expecting his specified outcome. But I think it may be appropriate to consider his point in a narrower context in Virginia. Continue reading