It is time to restrict the right to vote! There is no such thing as a Natural Right to vote! There is a Natural Right to contract, but the right to vote is a civil construct, therefore, it is not a Natural Right. This is true by both definition as well as logical extension. In fact, the notions of voting and democracy are synonymous with tyranny. Democracy is nothing more than the tyranny of the masses. This means it is — again, by definition — the negation of Natural Law. The truth is simple: it is possible to construct a Social Contract that is in perfect agreement with Natural Law without the people ever being afforded a vote in any part of their government. I believe the time has finally come to give serious consideration to doing exactly this: re-writing the U.S. Constitution so that the civil right to vote is either severely restricted or eliminated all together.
First, you need to be aware that the U.S. Constitution was originally written so that the influence of popular voting by the masses was severely restricted. In fact, the people only had a direct vote for their member of the House of Representatives. The States were supposed to elect their own Senators, as well as the President. This was just another aspect of the checks-and-balances our framers built into our system to protect the people from tyranny. This is also why the Progressives attacked these protections first. They did this by pushing the notion of ‘fairness’ cloaked in the emotional camouflage of ‘democracy.’ This is how and why we came to elect our Senators, as well as the President. It is also the primary reason the Progressives were able to destroy the Federal system our founders built and replace it with a National system which is much more powerful than ever intended, and much more easily controlled by those who manage to gain power. I propose we end this by eliminating the right to vote.
We can do this by simply remembering what the Constitution was designed to do: protect and preserve individual Natural Rights. Since there is no Natural Right to vote, we do not have to include voting in the re-write of our Constitution. All we need to do is make sure the new Constitution conforms to the principles and ideals of Natural Law.
STEP ONE: Eliminate all bureaucracies. They are extra-constitutional. This means they violate the Social Contract, which in turn means they violate Natural Law. They need to be ended and all legislative power returned to the Congress.
STEP TWO: Return the balance of power by returning the States to their proper positions as sovereign nations. We do this by returning the election of the Senators to the State governments. We also return the election of the President to the States — and we do so in the manner originally defined in the Constitution. Each of the States representatives to the Congressional Congress will cast two votes for President. At least one of these votes must be for a person outside of their own State. This will yield one hundred votes. they will be tallied and the winner becomes President. The runner up becomes Vice President. This is all because the Federal government actually exists to arbitrate between and on behalf of the States — not the people in general. This is the meaning of ‘federal,’ and it needs to be re-instated.
STEP THREE: Eliminate the election of Representatives to the House. Replace it with a lottery system. It could operate similar to the way jury members are selected, only it will not be something a person can opt out of without extraordinary circumstances. If the person selected is of sound mind and physically capable of doing the job, they will not be allowed to decline service. This will create a system much akin to appointing “the first one hundred names from the phone book” to the House of Representatives.
IF it is deemed unacceptable to remove all voting from the system, then I would propose the right to vote be limited only to those citizens who own real property and/or have seen combat in the defense of this nation. This is not ‘unfair.’ In fact, it is imminently fair. As voting is a civil construction, and it should be seen as a duty which carries grave responsibility, it should be limited to those members of society who have — by their actions — demonstrated both an understanding as well as a willingness to accept those responsibilities in the execution of this duty.
STEP FOUR: Establish a set limit on the total number of years a person can spend in public service in any capacity. I am including the military and law enforcement. Personally, I think twelve years total service is more than enough time for anyone to be allowed so close to such powerful positions. Eight might actually be a better number, but it can be argued later. I just would not agree to anything more than twelve years.
Now, look at a partial list of problems that have just been solved (in no rank order):
–Checks-and-balances are restored
— No need for term limits.
— Lobbyists have been eliminated.
— No more campaign spending issues.
— Bad judges are removed after the set limit on their total years of service.
— Because anyone can be chosen for government service, public education will have to be reformed so that students are taught how to think instead of what to think
— Without the bureaucracies, Congress will no longer have time to meddle in State affairs.
— The United States will have to return to the militia system.
— This will keep the u.S. from meddling in world affairs where we do not have a legitimate claim based in our Natural Rights.
— Government will have to return to localized control, as the national system will be destroyed.
— The control of the government will finally be restored to the People, where it rightfully belongs.
These would be my suggestions. I make them because, if the goal is actually for a free and self-governing society based upon the principles of protecting and preserving individual rights and liberty, then these suggestions will work. Furthermore, I would submit that anyone who objects to the general concept in this post does so not out of concern for this nation, its people or the preservation of individual rights and liberty, but out of a desire to preserve a path toward seizing power and control over them for themselves.