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SFC Mark Merino
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I don't see how getting elected into a position of political power at 18 is anything to be celebrated. No world experience, not even old enough to buy a pistol or drink a beer. However, she was elected. The voters have spoken and that is the system we fight for and even die to protect. Have we been reduced to putting 18 year olds on the ballots as popularity contests or publicity stunts? I hope she did real good in high school. Lord knows when I graduated I was ready to speak intelligently for my constituents. With that much wealth of knowledge, accompanied with up to 2 whole years of driving experience, maybe she should have held out and run for President?
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SFC Mark Merino I totally agree with your analogy. I have had some AWESOME Privates and Specialists that were completely high speed. Totally smart, ready to do what was needed at the drop of a hat, and even contributing good ideas. However at that young age and with their experience, NOT ready to run a squad, much less a platoon, company, battalion, etc.. Not saying that they wouldn't be able to run a squad after just a year or two more of seasoning, but they simply aren't there yet. Heck, I think I'm a decent SSG, but I know I sure as hell don't have all the experience I need yet to be a CSM with responsibility for a Battalion or Brigade.

Think about what an elected legislator is responsible for. They are responsible for laws/policies for everything from the criminal code to taxes to welfare. Does any 18 year old truly have the experience to help them see how the legislation they create and pass will affect a wide range of people? Granted, there are those in office now who don't seem to have a grasp on that, but a teenager is even less equipped to do so. For those with a teenager, even an 18 year old high school graduate, would you trust them to take over all of your household responsibilities, from managing your finances to meal planning to vehicle purchases, etc.? Keep in mind its YOUR money they would be spending, the same as lawmakers with our taxes.

I say all of this even though after reading the article it seems that her positions mirror many of my own. However, the people of her district have made their choice. Now that she is there, I really hope she learns quickly and does well. If she can adjust perhaps it will prepare her well for politics at the national level a few years down the line.
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SFC Mark Merino
SFC Mark Merino
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Precisely my point, brother. We went to the same old school.
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MSgt Electrical Power Production
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Although I commend this young lady to get involved I tend to agree with SFC Mark Merino and SFC (Join to see) about experience. That is not to say she can't make good decisions but real world experience would be missing.
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I agree with you on this one. It doesn't make a lot of sense how some expect someone her age to understand their problems. I guess only time will tell.
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1LT Medical-Surgical Nurse
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SPC(P) Jay Heenan. In my naive opinion . . . if young people may be drafted in time of national emergency . . . they should be appropriately represented in the political process.

This young woman knows her state issues and her political system because she grew up in the household of West Virginia State Senator Craig Blair. She is an NRA endorsed Republican - and after all it is the West Virginia House of Delegates . . . not the Presidency of the United States. She cannot do anything on her own . . . other than represent her constituents . . . she will not be launching WW-III . . . or pardoning anyone . . . at least not in the near future.

It only takes a few thousand votes to get elected in her district . . . so why not run for the seat?

Obviously, the public supported her . . . including many far more mature adults.

Warmest Regards, Sandy
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SPC(P) Jay Heenan
SPC(P) Jay Heenan
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Thank you 1LT (Join to see) for putting into words what I failed to do!
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CW2 Joseph Evans
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I am happy to see that there are people her age so dissatisfied with the status quo that they are willing to run for office in an effort to make a difference.
The fact she beat out a 44 yo opponent with a 2 to 1 vote says volumes to me. Maybe she isn't the only one dissatisfied with the status quo.
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