Discriminate In Who Can Vote! – Buckle up Bitch
There is a lot of talk these days about the “Right to Vote” and I’d like to set the record straight. There is NO Right to Vote in any election of any kind guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States as Amended as of August 2012. That being said, what exactly does the Constitution say?The Fifteenth Amendment is the first place that the “right to vote” is actually specifically talked about: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” This is simply a restriction on states saying they cannot deny people the ability to vote based on race or previous condition of servitude. This does not grant a right to vote.
The Nineteenth Amendment further restricted states from denying the ability to vote based on sex and is commonly called “Woman’s Suffrage”: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”
Back in the olden days (as my kids like to refer to my youth) it was common for states to impose a poll tax or other fee in order to alienate a segment of society from voting. The Twenty-fourth Amendment made that practice illegal: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President, for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State by reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax.”
The last amendment that deals with voting is the Twenty-sixth where it made age beyond 18 a category that could not be used to deny someone the ability to vote: “The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age.”
As you can see, none of those give a “right” to vote to anyone. The most they do is restrict the states from discriminating against certain protected traits (i.e. sex, race, age, etc.) in determining who is eligible to vote. This leads me to my point of this blog: States need to restrict who can vote.
The downfall of every civilization that is democratic in nature always occurs once the voting population realizes it can vote itself other people’s wealth. Rome collapsed the same way Greece has in modern times, bankrupt due (mostly) to promises for social payments of some form that became untenable as the wealth creators finally got tired of having their earnings stolen and given to those who did nothing to earn it. This led me to form the ideas on restricting who can vote and what should be the criteria:
1. You must be a citizen of the United States of America and a resident of the state in which you plan to vote.
2. You must register to vote prior to the election and at the time of casting your ballot you must prove who you are by showing proof of citizenship (this could be a passport, birth certificate, immigration papers, etc.), a picture ID issued by a state or the federal government (i.e. driver’s license, military ID, etc.), and your voter registration. You may only vote once per election you are eligible to vote.
3. You must NOT have received any form of wealth transfer payment from any government in any form within the immediately past consecutive 24 months. What this means is that if you have received welfare, Medicaid/Medicare benefits other than for disability or retirement, government housing, food stamps, or any other unearned benefit, you are ineligible to vote for a period of time while on said benefits plus the following consecutive 24 months.
Why 24 months? The time between House of Representative elections is two years. This stops (ideally) whoever received the wealth transfer payments from voting for those politicians who granted them thus propagating the behavior.
What this would NOT include are those who receive payments for earned benefits such as Social Security retirement which is paid for as you work in previous years, retirement or pension from former employment in government (including railroad retirement), current employment in government positions, or those covered under insurance such as unemployment, disability, or workman’s compensation.
This would be done at the state level as all voting rights are state level laws and are often included in state constitutions. The point behind this is when you combine this with term limits; you eliminate the ability of the people receiving the wealth transfer payments to re-elect those who bribed you to elect them with those payments (or continuation of them). This promotes individual accountability (i.e. if you want to vote you have to take care of yourself and your family) and puts up a massive political barrier to those who campaign on socialistic platforms (i.e. democrats mostly).