Since we're all Americans here, we ALL have a stake in the country and the amount of that stake is immaterial. One person equals one vote and that's it. We expect that by the age of 18 people will have the mental capacity to vote with responsibility, especially since by that age we expect them to also be able to understand how their votes can affect their lives in the here and now and in the future. If the age of 18 is not a sufficient age for meeting this standard, then so be it. But unless the Constitution be imperfect, the problem is not with the 26th Amendment but with the electorate.
This is all a bunch of bullshit HH and you know it. It's a total cop-out to blame the 26th Amendment for the problems of this country. We are a representative democracy and the success of that depends on the participation of the populace. If the populace is not voting the way you think it should it does not mean that we should simply take the vote away from them. I am absolutely positive that I could find about a million reasons why YOU shouldn't be voting either. In fact, this may be the case for everyone on this site, myself included. But the solution is not to remove my vote or yours or anyone else's. It is to educate the populace even further about politics and the direct effect it has on us.
Of course, I've already stated as much on another thread here. Democracies become stronger when more and more people actively participate in it and when their participation comes from an educated stance. I suspect that you do not want the youth to vote because you assume that they are mostly liberal and any way to keep more liberals away from the ballot boxes is all right with you. That's what this really comes down to. Nobody who truly cherishes democracy would seek to remove the vote from a segment of the adult population in lieu of further educating them about the political process. Beyond that, most of what you write on here sounds like it comes from the mind of a school child. I could say the same thing about a few others on here, and they would say the same about me....and they could probably make a pretty good argument for removing my vote. But none of this strengthens democracy.
You're a teacher, right? Well, if the 18-26 crowd is entering the electorate wholly unprepared or uneducated, I place the blame squarely at your feet as well as at theirs and at the feet of their parents. And if you do not understand how or why checks on public opinion such as federalism, the Bill of Rights, the right to elect representatives at the local, state and federal level, the separation of powers and an independent judicial branch of govt are effective, then it seems to me that YOU are the one who should be required to study up for a voter competency test.