Yes! Even tiny infants, murderous thugs in prison, the mentally incompetent, illegal aliens, space aliens, hell, why not my pet chicken! EVERYONE must vote!
Only the sheep will survive, and the Shepard will be king.
That privilege is earned by contributing to the community and society. If you have nothing to offer to your community, whether it be taxes or anything else that helps improve the lives of others and “keeps things running”, why should you be able to vote?
In our country, we determine this by a person’s citizenship status. Citizenship may not be the perfect method, but it is a method. If you want to reform the political process, suggest something productive. “Allow everyone to vote” is a vague, unproductive demand.
I’ve been an ex con for over twenty years. I register and vote every year. As well as was a registered voter in California when living there.
So does that mean my toddler gets to vote too? Give me a break. Someone who is not even old enough to understand civics should not be allowed to vote.
Only white male landowners should be allowed to vote. Or at least the 47% who do not contribute and are probably kept alive by the 53% should not be allowed to vote. No skin in the game, no vote.
I’d vote for that. If you haven’t worked to have a vested interest in property then no vote. Sounds fair to me.
Make it so everyone in the world can vote for Obama. He is really good and the world needs him to be king of the world. If everyone could vote Obama would save the world.
Every human with the mental capacity to understand politics should have the right to vote.
So you who slept in History class, or those who can’t or won’t read our nation’s history want to restrict the vote, and you use such impressive arguments……..(snark) Universal sufferage, one person one vote, these are as fundamental to our way of life and the strength and weaknesses of our Democracy. People DIED for the right to vote, check that they were TORTURED and KILLED for the right as US citizens to vote, so go and brush up on YOU US history and if you don’t want to vote, then don’t if you want to stay ignorant, do so at your own peril. As for me, I am a proud Irish American Democrat and vote ALL the time
Who isn’t voting that should be voting?
The non-literate? Felons? Illegal Aliens? Germans? The French? Children?
Eagerly awaiting your non-answer.
I’ve never voted for an illegal underaged French alien. jk. But my contention has always been unless you register and take the time to learn the issues and vote, you really don’t have the right to complain about our government. It’s one of our most important rights and responsibilities. It costs nothing but citizenship. The reason for the citizenship is that our representatives should be determined by the people that live and have a vested interest in the community.
You can learn the issues and vote all you want, but the current system presents only bad and worse candidates. We need campaign finance reform (public financing) so that the status-quo Democratic and Republican parties can’t continue running horrible candidates who could care less about the public interest, and would rather serve moneyed interests.
Let me use an absurd metaphor to make a point: Say I’d really like some strawberry ice cream. I find a shop that advertises 100 flavors–sounds sounds like a dizzying variety of choice, until I go inside to discover that there are actually only 100 different versions of pistachio ice cream. Suddenly my options are a lot less meaningful.
Silly, I know, but in a way, that’s what’s become of our democracy. We Americans are not citizens any more, we’re treated as consumers, limited to the choices the economic elites deign to supply us with. We have the illusion of choice but it is a false one. I agree that voting is a precious privilege, and one bought dearly, but a privilege that becomes increasingly meaningless if the deepest pockets get to choose who all of the candidates are. No matter which candidate or party we vote for, be assured they will be more beholden to those who have financed their campaigns than the voter who pulls the lever for them. I don’t think that this is the kind of representation that all of those martyrs in your history books fought and died for.
Anyhow, right to vote seems a lesser issue in the current situation. First we have to make sure it means something. It’s the money, people. Buying politicians. It has to stop.
How do we fix the system? That should be the focus. I don’t think allowing “anybody to vote” fixes the system. This groups needs to focus, have a victory and then add new “demands” (although I think demands is a childish word).
The problem currently is that every time some group fights against corporations the only ones hurt are small business which reduces choices.
i have 10 dogs and 4 cats that live in America they are living creatures and have rights too they should also have a vote
I demand candy canes and rainbows.
First off, I don’t get it. The right to vote is a pretty legitimate topic. Anyway, from our friends back east-
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