When I read this story in the L.A. Times today, that line from Liar, Liar was the first thought that ran through my head. The issue is whether those who’ve been convicted of felonies ought to lose their right to vote. Aside from the fact this ought to be about 573rd on the priority of issues in this country, I think it’s remarkable how some are positioning their argument.
First, I’m guessing there probably aren’t alot of felons that have a huge interest in the political process. (Or maybe they do now that they’ve chosen to break the laws our elected officials thought important enough to enact).
But let’s not forget, we’re not talking about petty criminals here, we’re talking felons. Part of the definition of felony in English common law that differentiated it from less serious crimes was “forfeiture”… of rights, of property, even of life.
The article goes on to talk about how sad it is that felons can’t vote in some states, and in other states, it’s really hard for them to register when they get out of prison. Sorry, but no tears are being shed on my keyboard.
These “experts” suggest remedying the situation by just letting them vote, making it easier for them to register when they get out of prison, etc. The same experts claim “restoring felons’ voting rights can help them stay out of trouble.” Are you kidding me? If that was the answer, then our crime statistics ought to be going way down since there were so many new voter registratons filed last year. Maybe we can replace all of our police officers with voter registration workers and head off crimes before they’re committed. We can end crime around the world by just registering more would-be thugs.
I’d be curious to see just how many of these newly formed political activists gave a damn about voting before they went to prison. Now suddenly they’re “reformed”? Hardly. Heck many of these felons aren’t even reformed enough to stop committing crimes… we’re supposed to believe they’re suddenly excited about their civic duties?
Our estimates show that at least seven of every 10 votes cast by these lost felon voters would go to Democratic candidates. … Our work suggests that if [Florida’s] 613,000 former felons had been permitted to vote ï¿½ and even if you factor in a far-lower-than-expected turnout rate than the general population ï¿½ Al Gore would have defeated George W. Bush by about 60,000 votes and would have been elected president. What’s more, if all U.S. felons ï¿½ in and out of prison ï¿½ had been allowed to vote, Gore might have carried the nation by more than 1 million votes.
There’s nothing like counting on the criminal population to get elected, is there? What a sales pitch. It says so much that there would be a body of research showing how Democrats would win more often if only rapists, robbers and murderers would be allowed to cast ballots*. Of course, MSM drools over any opportunity to cast doubt on the legitimacy of a Republican President like Michael Moore eyes the release of a new Krispy Kreme flavor.
I think the subject of a couple other works they’ve offered sum up the whole sad ordeal:
Well, you guys have just sold me on becoming an outspoken opponent of your cause. Nice work.
Bottom line, if you can’t handle the consequences, STOP BREAKING THE LAW, ASSHOLE!
*UPDATE: It appears the Democrats proved the theory in the Washington Governor’s race.