Skip to comments.Prison Inmates Have Right to Vote [semi-satire]
Posted on 05/01/2019 9:40:15 AM PDT by John Semmens
Contender for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt) vehemently insisted that our democracy entitles every person to cast a vote. Just because a person is in jail convicted of murder or rape shouldnt block him from having a voice in selecting who shall govern.
We need to be both open-minded and true to the democratic ideal no matter how disappointed we might be in the behavior of some of our fellow citizens, Sanders maintained. I realize that opposition to murder and rape is the majority opinion in the United States, but the minority still has a right to fight for a different perspective. Also, it is apparent to me that in some parts of the world the murder and rape of segments of the population who are deemed outside of acceptable norms has broad support among the majority of the population in some countries.
So, in my opinion, if were going to have democracy it must be open to all ideas, the Senator opined. If we start imposing behavioral restrictions that decree certain kinds of actions are so terrible that the individual who has carried out these actions cannot participate as a voter, then we are no longer a democracy.
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Not sure what that means but it wins the award for "mouthful of the day."
I think you could ask a thousand inmates in state prisons, and not a single one will rank ‘voting’ in their top twenty things they’d like to fix or improve.
"Just because a person is dead should not impede that person's right to vote Democratic."
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