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posted by chissler
“ . . [vote] on the inside, definitely not . . my hometown amalgamated with all of the surrounding communities to create a regional municipality. In the election before the amalgamation, we had a convict running to be mayor. I watched television . . polls closed and the results . . but astonished to [learn] the man received a good percentage of the vote . . he finished around the middle of the pack, but several individuals finished below him in the results. While incarcerated, they should have no rights when it comes to the outside world. [Edited by Don W]
posted by GradyPhilpott
“ . . historically felons have lost certain rights because of their [crime] the right to vote and possess firearms. (1) IMO these serve not only as punishment but as a deterrent to crime by those who value their freedom and their constitutional rights. (2) I say that felons should expect to lose certain of their rights to emphasize just how costly criminal activity can be. (3) [Edited by Don W]
posted by crgintx
Don White, you know darn well that the USA isn't a democracy. It's a Republic that is governed by democratically elected legislative representatives with an indirectly elected executive to carry out the laws enacted by the by the democratically elected representatives.
An impartial justice system is appointed for life by the executive and approved by the representatives to determine the constitutionality of the laws put forth by the representatives. Notice, I used the word governed not ruled. Brit's are ruled, we are governed.
Originally posted by jsobecky
So, the question is, are you for or against a felon's right to vote?