Thursday, August 15, 2013

Expanding Voting Rights?

I could hardly contain myself when I heard this National[ist] Public Radio story on my morning commute today — Civil Rights Leaders Call For States To Expand Voting Rights. Really? How much further can they be expanded now that the illiterate are not only allowed but encouraged to vote?

I do not think these self-appointed "civil rights leaders," whom none of us have ever heard of (much less elected), would have us moving in the direction G. K. Chesterton rightly pointed, towards "giving a vote to most obscure of all classes, our ancestors," noting that "[t]radition... is the democracy of the dead."

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