Saturday, December 4, 2010

The right to vote and a jackass

The founder of the Tea Party Nation says that it is "wise" to only let property owners vote (here). When I first read this, I thought the idea was that the right to vote would be limited to those who owned land, but it seems that historically you could vote if you had other sorts of property (e.g., tools of trade, livestock). In the comments, someone attributed this to Ben Franklin (who was against limiting voting to property owners): If a man gains the right to vote by ownership of a jackass and loses it when the jackass dies, where does the right to vote reside? In the man, or the jackass?

In other news, Rick Santorum for President? You gotta be kidding. No, no Santorum.

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