"You probably know that in the beginning only white males who owned property could vote. Property owners were thus privileged and got the right to decide for everyone else. In some states there were also religious based restrictions so it was not only necessary to be a white male with a certain amount of property, one had to practice a certain religion as well. Today this form of discrimination is unthinkable and yet it happened less than 200 years ago, right here, in America. The religious requirements for voting lasted until the end of the 18th century.
Then , close to the mid 19th century, a man called Thomas Dorr fought for the right of those who were not property owners to vote as well. He was imprisoned, found guilty of treason and sentenced to hard labor for the rest of his life. Fortunately he was released after only one year.
The end of the Civil War brought the 15th Amendment that gave American citizens the right to vote regardless of their color and race. It was the beginning of important mentalities changes. It took another hundred years before the ones who had been discriminated against actually claimed their right with some success. Many states still conditioned voting on literacy. There were even literacy tests. Racial discrimination continued to happen not only against African Americans but also against Asian Americans and other ethnicities and races."
Righttovote.org Center of Information Related to Voting Rights in the US
The far right now apparently thinks it would be a good idea to return to the days when only white men who owned property could vote.
Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children. ~ Ancient American Indian Proverb
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
Considering that a huge percentage of both true liberals and true conservatives vote, I think it would be unfair to say that anyone shouldn't vote.
Better is that everyone vote regardless, and then we'll get the kind of government we all really deserve.
Better still is to part the purple myth with a massive yellow center just for the so-called "uninformed", dividing blue and red in a conquering fashion to where the most that can be seen of these political minorities is a greenish and orangish haze.
Even better, is to give the massive yellow center their own party based on the philosophy of liberty and justice for all Americans.
Once they have something of true value to rally around, well, it's quite likely they'll be a whole lot less uninformed.
When the election is over and we open our eyes, it will sadly be too late to wonder what the hell just happened.
Semper Fidelis, Semper Liber.
Stolen fair and square from the Capt. Courtesey himself.I spit at lots of people through my computer screen. Not only does it "teach them a lesson" but it keeps the screen clean and shiny.
I'm heading off now to poll whether they should be allowed to vote.
But I favor the 'none of the above' option for everything but the president - and then we'd just factor their vote for that topic/person out of the equation. Because even with me trying to be on top of everything sometimes I've gone 'who the **** is that?'
A screaming comes across the sky.
It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now.Pynchon - Gravity's Rainbow