9:00 a.m.: More on voting as a right

I’m not sure about the logic that went into this post. The author makes the contention that voting is both a privilege not a right and also a duty. How is voting a privilege in a democracy? How is a privilege not a right if it is a duty? Doesn’t a duty, especially one of a citizen, imply a right?

Think about this: if voting is a privilege, then that means democracy is also a privilege. If democracy is a privilege, then that means the protections of our Constitution is also a privilege. Privileges are things that can be taken away. Who decides who is privileged and who is not? Who decides who is able to enjoy democracy and who is not? Who decides who is protected by the Constitution and who is not?

The Declaration of Independence tells us that people have the right to choose the government by whatever means is necessary in the circumstances at hand. Our Founding Fathers enshrined that right in the Constitution by establishing our democratic republic. Fundamental to the function of that democratic republic is voting. Without voting, our republic is not a democracy. Therefore, voting is a function as fundamental to our nation as free speech or the right to assemble. That makes it a right, even if it is a right that differs from speech or assembly in important ways.

When we start to believe that it is ok to take people’s rights away, where does that belief end?


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