Articles: Registering the Poor to Vote is Un-American
This article, which contains gems like “Registering[the poor] to vote is like handing out burglary tools to criminals” and “It is profoundly antisocial and un-American to empower the nonproductive segments of the population to destroy the country” and “Encouraging those who burden society to participate in elections…[is] about moving America ever farther away from the small-government ideals of the Founding Fathers” is bad enough. But check out some of the comments:
pavan 09/01/2011 07:24 AM
From when the Constitution was written until about 1850, only white male property owners could vote. After 1870, former slaves could vote. Then in 1920 we had woman suffrage. In the 1960s, it became illegal to require voters to be literate. The motor voter law was passed in 1995. In 2008 it became de facto legal for Black Panthers to intimidate voters at the polls. Is anyone noticing a trend here? When the country started, voting was restricted to citizens who had a financial stake in small government. Now anyone with a pulse can vote. Eventually, you might have to fight your way into the polling place through a gauntlet of government dependents who will decide if you look like someone who will support big government candidates.
VBMax 09/01/2011 10:55 AM
Another factor: Why are 18 year olds allowed to vote? Most don’t have the maturity, life experience or political smarts yet to cast a proper vote. Remembering how I was as a teenager, voting was emotionally based rather than researched and thought through.
Wayward Son 09/01/2011 10:55 AM
I’ve said all along we need LESS people voting. The conservatives should push for poll taxes (if you’re not willing or able to pay, then you probably are not willing or able to be informed enough to vote), increase the voting age to 21, no voting for anyone who has received government assistance in the past year, and no sufferage for anyone who cannot read. One person one vote is a recipe for political suicide and the Communist’s dream.
syrin23 09/01/2011 11:13 AM
I agree completely with this article and have a simple solution to fix it. Every person’s vote is weighted according to how much they paid in taxes. Everyone gets a default value of one. So of that evil CEO paid $750,000 in taxes, his vote would be the equivalent of 750,000 voters who paid nothing. No skin in the game, no say is how the real world works, but we would give them a small say. (Non-shareholders get NO votes in the dealings of a business). This would be “fair” and serve “justice” as those footing the bill would have the biggest say in what is done with THEIR money.
Who are these people?
(Oh, and VBMax? Eighteen-year-olds got the vote with the very persuasive argument that if they were old enough to be drafted and sent to war, they should be old enough to vote on whether those wars should be fought. Are you going to argue that they don’t have a stake in how our country is governed? Or does having a blood stake not count — it’s only money that matters?)