posted on Sep, 11 2008 @ 12:00 PM
And so we fall back to the days of our "founding fathers" where everyone must own land to vote; that way all of the poor and downtrod have no say in
the future that affects them so greatly, and the wealthy control the vote. As said by James Madison when deciding who should be allowed to vote...
The right of suffrage is a fundamental Article in Republican Constitutions. The regulation of it is, at the same time, a task of peculiar delicacy.
Allow the right [to vote] exclusively to property [owners], and the rights of persons may be oppressed... . Extend it equally to all, and the rights
of property [owners] ...may be overruled by a majority without property....
It seems the GOP may be looking for a loophole to "win over" this recently Democratic voting state. The fact that 2008 poles show that the state is
a swing state may have both parties nervously hoping for the 17 electoral votes that Michigan has to offer. However, this should not allow them to
take away voting rights for those that will probably vote against them. I understand that voters need to have proof of residency, but this is beyond
shocking to me.
It does not seem fair, when this election affects the less fortunate perhaps more than it does the wealthy. I live in Michigan, and I have seen what
the past 8 years has done to my state. (We voted Democratic for both of GWB's elections) People are trying to escape, but by doing so they are saving
themselves, while harming the rest of us. Some cannot even save themselves. They have to sell their homes, since they are moving and cannot pay two
mortgages. This leaves foreclosure as their only option since people are simply not buying houses. Some houses have been on the market for
without selling. It would be a great time to buy a house as an investor if looking at the prices - tons of houses selling well below
value - but who knows if the house would sell again any time soon. Just driving around in the larger cities a person cannot pass a street and not see
a for sale sign, if not several for sale signs.
Need a job in Michigan? Good luck! Layoffs are occurring left and right, sometimes ending in permanent unemployment. Lose your job? Prepare to lose
your house. Lose your house? Now prepare to lose your vote. Lose your vote? Now prepare for things to stay the same, if not get worse.
I hate to see this beautiful state suffer from all of this, and I find it hard not to blame certain people or political parties... After reading this
post I don't think I can NOT blame the GOP. They know
that this state is in peril and they are going to take advantage of it! The people that
need a change will not be able to vote for one! It makes me sick to think that they would go so low.