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    Re: Should Voting be a Right or a Privilege?

    Quote Originally Posted by repeter View Post
    Your level of paranoia is ridiculous, and unfounded. I know you'll have a lot to say to the contrary, but its unfounded.
    But James has a point, if the people do not participate, a government can go corrupt, this has happened before - on a local level

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    Re: Should Voting be a Right or a Privilege?

    Quote Originally Posted by LuckyDan View Post
    It should be, and is, a privilege, in the sense that you have to register to vote and you may be legally denied the opportunity to vote if you are convicted of a felony.
    I like North Dakota's system. We do not have to register to vote.
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    Re: Should Voting be a Right or a Privilege?

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    your claims have no merit

    those who are more useful to society have a strong argument for better treatment
    They already have better treatment in our system of economics, better than they deserve, as a matter of fact. And certainly inheritors of wealth have no such claim at all. All of your arguments on this and related matters are so skewed and one sided they are comical.
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    Re: Should Voting be a Right or a Privilege?

    The wealthy are rewarded as apt servants of the people, through wealth granted for services rendered. It is more than enough. They are not our lords.
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    Re: Should Voting be a Right or a Privilege?

    yikes, I'm going to get in trouble here, first I think it should be a right … but I sometime thinks that there should be some sort of test …. I mean when you watch Leno, or Letterman go out and hold of a pic of Nancy Pelosi and ask people if they know this person, and 4 out of 10 don't … kind of makes you wonder if you really want people like that helping to decide an election.

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    Re: Should Voting be a Right or a Privilege?

    Voting is and always should be a right of any citizen. I don't even agree that felons should not be allowed to vote. Yeah, they did wrong but that doesn't change the fact that they are citizens that are effected by things that are voted on. The whole point of voting is to be able to have a say in how society acts towards and treats you.
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    Re: Should Voting be a Right or a Privilege?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dezaad View Post
    The wealthy are rewarded as apt servants of the people, through wealth granted for services rendered. It is more than enough. They are not our lords.
    Very true. But that does not stop them from wanting to be.
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    Re: Should Voting be a Right or a Privilege?

    Voting is a right. Having your vote actually mean something is a privilege.

    For example, I vote to have naked women in my bedroom 24-7.

    That vote means nothing, however.

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    Re: Should Voting be a Right or a Privilege?

    No, it should be a right. I think the problems most people see in voting being a right rather than a privilege are better solved by cracking down on misrepresentations in campaigning. We have organizations to monitor spin and fraud in the proxy voting process. I think it is very odd that we don't have the same sort of protection against spin and fraud in the national election process.

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    Re: Should Voting be a Right or a Privilege?

    Quote Originally Posted by repeter View Post
    Straight forward question.

    I think it should be a privilege because of its importance in our government. While I don't agree with a poll tax, or something like that, I think we need to tie voting to education. I would suggest that we require a high school diploma, or an equivalent GED (or a naturalized citizen, something similar from their home country if necessary), and remove the mandate that we have to go to high school.

    This ties into the other problem I see: a lot of people don't value education enough. In my school, and other schools I've been to, most students waste time, which could be used to help the students who actually want to learn.

    What do you think?

    EDIT: Question shold be "Should Voting be a Right or a Privilege?

    I've considered and debated this issue at times. I'll admit that sometimes I've thought that a Heinlein-esqe Starship Troopers requirement to serve in the military or similar capacity (as a prereq for franchise) might be a good idea.

    But ultimately it is a question of power and responsibility. If you are a citizen of this nation, and thus ruled by our government and laws, then you should have a say in that government and those laws if you wish.

    Other than proving your are a citizen, I don't think restricting voting rights would be a good idea. If you don't care and want to sit home and watch the ballgame, go ahead... I prefer that the indifferent don't vote anyway.

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