yes, only property owners should vote
no, let everyone vote
This whole idea is utterly ****ing braindead. You know what group in America doesn't own land very often? Soldiers who live on military bases.
Anyway I have to get to work and thank you to the few people that debated this topic intelligently. The rest of you that went ballistic and threw temper tantrums reinforce my opinion in the OP. You react emotionally and are not property owners because you have made poor decisions for yourselves and IMO you should not be allowed to make poor decisions for America. GET A JOB!
Anyway, ummm... no.
1) The property ownership rule was not because they owned property and were thus deemed responsible. It was because most taxes were collected via property taxes. That has changed. Now, taxes are collected via a myriad of ways, primarily the income tax, but also including sales taxes, (purposely) hidden taxes in product prices, etc. In effect, we are ALL taxpayers. As taxpayers, we all have a vested interest in the doings of our government. Everybody, bar none, has skin in the game. Whether we like it or not.
2) The lowering of age to 18 has been negligible. Most people between 18 and 21 don't care and thus don't vote.
3) Today, society has changed. Many fine and intelligent people choose to not own property. Yet they are stable and capable people nonetheless. On the flip side, I know morons who have inherited property. Property ownership doesn't mean anything anymore as far as this issue goes. Really, it is my belief that the people who clamor for it now... and probably even those who enforced it back then... don't really give a rat's behind about stable people voting, they just want to try and artificially limit the voting rolls to people that are more likely to vote like themselves.
4) The only thing that holds us back from making better choices in elections is voter apathy and naivete, and that infection spreads across all demographics. Too many homeowners and renters alike place more importance on Entertainment Tonight than the next election.
Last edited by radcen; 09-25-13 at 10:18 AM.
If, when defending your support for Donald Trump, and your response is,
"But but but... HILLARY!!!", then you lost the argument before you even began.