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Capturing the felon demographic

Saturday, July 7, 2012

In a day when we see voter fraud under the utmost scrutiny, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is coming under fire from some who want to ensure felons are allowed their right to cast a ballot in local, state and national elections.

Branstad's attacker noted two years ago: "Gov. Branstad reversed a six-year policy that restored voting rights to felons after being released from incarceration or state supervision. That reversal has resulted in thousands of released non-dangerous felons unable to have their rights restored, often for reasons such as incomplete paperwork."

So someone goes out and, of their own volition, commits a felony crime against society. Now we're supposed to feel bad because they no longer get the opportunity to vote for those who write the laws they choose violate? Not feeling it.

Boy, you're right. That Branstad guy just can't figure it out.

Once again, I share this very simple, but obviously difficult to follow, life philosophy. Don't commit felony crimes. It's pretty simple.

Voting is a privilege, not a guarantee.

When you involve yourself in criminal behavior, you risk surrendering some of your privileges.

These are probably some of the same folks who think it's a bad idea to require voters to have to show ID of some sort, because it would make it more difficult for illegal immigrants, the dead and the multi-time voter to be heard in the political square.

Long live Chicago politics!

What Gov. Branstad is trying to protect is the integrity of the vote.

Here's an idea; why don't the nay-sayers ask the victims of the various felonious criminals if they think their perpetrator should be given the privilege of voting for the President of the United States.

In order to have a voice in society, it's important that you follow society's rules.

Don't commit a felony and you can vote. How much easier can someone put it?

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I think people take the right to "vote" for which criminal you want in office a little too seriously. Though I find it absurd people who have committed a crime (and I use that term loosely since many "felonies" are not crimes against others but set arbitrarily by government, such as drug laws) and served what society has apparently decided as proper punishment are still unable to have all their rights restored after said punishment. It really is stupid.

-- Posted by jlees on Tue, Jul 10, 2012, at 12:02 AM

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Randy Cauthron
One Man's Perspective