I'd rather live in France than in the US for a myriad of reasons that range from better food, less sectarian religions (for the most part), better literature (your novels eat dick*), lesser travel times between big cities, the general distances that you need to travel inside a city are shorter, it's easier to make pick a healthier lifestyle (in the US sugar gets sold on everything), a bigger interest in outside cultures (media still mostly focus on national topics) and sexier people.
With that said, you can get a pretty decent lifestyle in the US with enough money and education, the availability of culture and products truly is outstanding. Climate is occasionally decent depending on where you live and it's also easier to get a job in the US as far as I know.
Why is this so hard? Of course voting is not a right. Any imbecile can walk into a go no booth and punch a hole for a candidate. But ask youreselves, how many of them are intelligent enough to even properly understand their candidates policies?
Most of what The average person knows about their candidates, are what they see on tv.
Voting is a privilege reserved only for those who knows what their doing. No more, no less.
Amendment XV (15) of the United States Constitution
Section. 1. 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.
Yes, voting is a right. But to actually go out and vote, is a privilege.
Once more read what I wrote. Most Americans, for that matter, the average person that vote have no idea on their candidates policies, but what they watches on the news.
Thomas Sowell, a highly educated Economist said it best. He would rather have a small percentage of people voting, that knows the policies of their candidates, then to have a majority of people voting that knows nothing. And they vote base on mearly party lines.
State legislatures of passed restrictions on voting, conservative courts have admitted said policies were partisan attemps at vpter restriction but maintained that as voting is a privlige and not a right, legislatures can pu tpolicies restricing certain groups from voting.
Voting is a right for all people who aren't minors, or at least it was. Those in power shouldn't be able to decide who holds them accountable.
If politicians are allowed to choose who can or can't vote, then the power is no longer with the people.
You may take issue with Canada's policy on free speech( i do too), but as the people are the ones in power there, if they don't like it, they can always elect representatives to get rid of said policy.
In Canada, voting is a right, in America, its now a privilege.
And who are you to decide who qualifies as knowledgable enough and who doesn't?
If you give politicians the power to choose who they deem worthy of a vote, eventually, they'll decide that those who don't vote for them aren't worthy of a vote.
Elected officials don't simply represent those who fit your qualifications as worthy of a vote, they represent everyone. Hence, everyone should have equal access to representation. If the populace isn't knowledgable enough, then its up to the politicans to communicate with them or enact policy that educates the populace. Keeping a populace ignorant enough so you can justify curtailing which parts of the population receive representation is the practice of dictators, not those who claim to be part of a representative democracy,
Not that this policy is discriminating based on knowledge. Voter restrictions, making voter id's difficult for certain groups to receive, forcing people to pay for the right to vote, and removing voting places so that voting is harder in certain areas has nothing to do with knowledge.
It's politicians trying to curtail the turnout from specific demographics likely to vote against them.
Why isn't it worth defending? After all, a "right" is simply another way of saying the government has an obligation. In this case, voting for all. Should someone have that right denied if they can't afford a car? What about the homeless? Don't they have a right to vote?
Why is an id that anyone can obtain (Even undocumented immigrants can get one) considered denying a right to vote, yet doing nothing for people who can't even get to the polls is?
Where do we draw the line on responsibility towards this right?