The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 3, 1968 · Page 148
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 148

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s kly , P? rids - ft II ftkJ k iir 1- r , ak' mm m w m km I sx-; - . i , . .'. ' . ; ... - '...:- rite ? frfrftlMWiriMBiMttW Bartley said, "more often than not he's going to come out with the right answers. I've been impressed in the some 20 years I've been in this business by the essentially good judgment of most of these kids. "I don't make this observation unmindful of the few beards that are around. You saw the same thing happen in World War II, I'm sure. Kids who everybody knew were just going to the devil ended up today as pretty solid citizens. "There's a depth to these kids that a lot of us don't give them credit for. I'm not in the least bit afraid of lowering the voting age to 18. Maybe we could use some of the idealisms of youth. "I understand all of the excesses of idealism and I know the bloodiest wars in history were fought over ideals. But, at the same time, maybe God in his infinite wisdom knew what he was doing when he gave us all this period in our lives when most of us were idealists. . . before we had it all rubbed off and knocked off of us." Demonstration or dissention isn't new, according to Dr. Bartley. He recalled demonstrations related to supporting the Loyalist in Spain. . . the Lincoln Brigade. And he cites Women Suffragettes; the Boston Tea Party. Dissension. "We forget that Abraham Lincoln, as a congressman, fought our entry into the Mexican wars and didn't run for re-election because he couldn't get re-elected. "Anti-draft demonstrations aren't new. More than 900 people were killed in New York City in draft riots. . .at the time of the Civil War! They had to bring out the artillery. "We've got the means for greater impact now. There is a way of telling a story, through the picture-tube in the living room, that dramatizes things all out of proportion," Bartley added. Why age laws? The university educator traces the 21-year-old majority back lo old British common law developed in the 16th and 17th century.' By the time of the American Revolution (this, too, dissension) the age, 21, seemed to emerge as the ideal age of majority. There were other common law carry-overs. Consent to marriage by females. In legal circles there is a broad reference to ages for various purposes and freedoms. Most of these are designed to protect rather than inhibit the young. The right to hold, own, and dispose of property . .'.voting. . .drinking. . .consent to marriage . . .the right to inherit property. . .and to serve in defense of the country. Laws are legion. "Of course. . .with voting comes responsibility," Dr. Bartley said. "I have not noticed, that young people are any more irresponsible in regard to politics than people over 21. I am no more afraid of the youth than I am of their elders. (continued) All Florida Mayarine .

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