Something stinks in liberal America. The right to vote is shared by rich and poor, but poor people don’t run for public office. Why don’t we see more low income Americans in Congress? Despite their championing of the not so well-to-do, Democratic Party hypocrites help make sure that only those with piles of money can even think about political office.
The right to vote means voting for Democrats.
Democrats contribute more than their fair share of wealthy lawmakers. It’s hard to imagine that they have much in common with their poorer constituents. Harry Reid likes to empathize with those suffering the rigors of inequality:
The struggle for equality, justice, and freedom is ongoing. But through civic engagement, Hispanic Americans and all Americans can make heard in Washington their support for quality education and health care, a living wage and the right to vote without intimidation or discrimination.¹
Americans could be heard a lot better if they represented their own interests. Democrats know that will never happen. The entry fee for a political campaign is too high and career politicians like Reid tend to be averse to the very idea of term limits (see: Refusal to Pass Term Limits Bill Mocks Our Public Trust). What better way to lock the door to public office than making sure lifelong politicians stay right where they are, year after year and even decade after decade?
Is this what defending voting rights means?
Democrats like to keep poor and minority Americans in perpetual fear of being disenfranchised by the Republican Party, but they haven’t done much to empower them politically. Conservatives never make a show of opening the gates wide to raise up the lower classes. If there is blame to be placed it rests with the left. There must have been a cynical calculation that voters from society’s margins should be allowed to vote without ID or any other requirement because they will keep Democrats in power without mounting a challenge with their own candidates. Why? They will never have the means to run for office.
Tell Democrats the issue is the right to vote, not the right to hold power.
The Supreme Court has not been getting much respect from the left lately. Still burning from last year’s decision on the Voting Rights Act, House Democrats came up with their vision of a better way to enforce the right to vote. H.R. 3899: The Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014 would target states for preclearance for any changes to their election laws if they show, among other violations, “persistent, extremely low minority turnout during the previous 15 calendar years.” Under the bill’s provisions four states are already guilty. We have to wonder just how low the bar for minority turnout will be set when Democrats don’t do well at the polls. Someone needs to tell them the issue is the right to vote, not the party’s right to stay in power.
Power is what really matters.
How does it make sense to argue against any requirements to exercise the right to vote while slamming the door shut on running for office? Because Democratic hypocrites in Congress will never relinquish to the masses what they really care about: power. Power means you can make the decisions that separate Americans from their money using the votes of those you insist are entitled to that money.
It’s one thing to talk about equality and rights and another to hold the door open. Is there any power left in the right to vote? Ask yourself why Democrats insist on giving it away without the slightest restriction.