How the Privilege of Voting was Meant by our Founders
The Constitution originally only allowed the citizens to vote for the members of the House of Representatives. Unfortunately, that was changed by the Seventeenth Amendment in 1913.
Our States had some different laws for voting in the individual states, in which the citizens could participate in the process from time-to-time. Our state legislatures were the ones meant to vote for the Senators of each state.
When it came to electing the president: “Each state shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress: but no Senator or Representative, orPerson holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United State, shall be appointed an Elector.” It goes on to explain how the Electors and the President of the Senate are the ones who elect the President of the United States, not the people. (US Constitution, article II)
Unfortunately, since that got unravelled, and the people are now the ones who vote for President, while we are still subject to the Electoral College, but the election of the President has become much more of a beauty pageant than anything else, and the nation has paid for it, with the people being more interested in the most likeable, best looking candidate instead of the best qualified. This goes for both parties, where Republicans have the tendencies to elect someone who is really nothing more than a Democrat in Republican clothing, or a Republican in Name Only, such as Bob Dole, John McCain, or Mitt Romney.
Amendments Seventeen and Twenty-Four have done some serious destruction to our country. Most of the people who vote for President are not qualified to vote for a leader because many lack leadership experience themselves or the education regarding the issues to be able to vote for President.
At least President Clinton was a state Governor. The qualifications of President have been so degraded in recent times that we now have someone who mainly was just a Senator, a board of directors (like me) and a Community Organizer. Now, being a Senator and a Community Organizer are not bad things, but probably don’t constitute someone as having enough experience to run something as large as a country.
We have an electorate who cares more about “American Idol” and tabloid magazines than the issues and hardly know when the election days are coming up. That’s a DANGER to our nation.
Voting is more a privilege than a right, and there is NO so-called right to vote in federal elections, only a guarantee that you have a right to choose to vote if you wish.