A post-vote reminder to Cambridge state reps: Serve your constituents, not the House speaker
All but one of Cambridge’s five state representatives voted Wednesday against reinstituting term limits on the speaker of the House. This was a vote to uphold the State House’s longtime oppressive power structure and toxic internal culture that disproportionately excludes the voices of BIPOC, the working class and renters – essentially everyone but corporate lobbyists.
The whole letter is correct and well-written. And there's this bomb dropped at the end:
I am turning 18 in 2022, and I hope to be able to cast my first ballot for a true champion of transparency and democracy.
My first reaction is holy shit, that is one mature 17-year-old. My other is, maybe there is something to David Runciman's idea about letting younger people vote. The first reaction to that is always, "They're dumb idiots who will be manipulated." But the 20-100-year olds — have they been non-manipulated dumb idiots?