Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Groundswell, July 2011

Who's Really Disenfranchised?
By Matt Robbins, National Executive Director

Disenfranchised. The very word evokes strong reactions in us: we peer back through American history, thinking of young people, minorities, suffragettes, and even slaves. None of which, at one time or another, had the right to directly participate in our system of self-government.  Heck, the Founding Fathers intentionally didn't give the vote originally to anybody who wasn't a white, land-owning male (though I'm guessing "powdered-wig-wearing" might have been a negotiable category).
And because of the power of this one word (and the sins of our forefathers), we are doomed to hear about it each and every election cycle from now until the end of the republic (yes, my Star Wars-loving self just spazzed out as I wrote that last part).
Only now these downtrodden (note to self: be sure to trod someone down very soon) have somehow expanded it to include not only all the usual suspects listed above, but also such groups as illegal aliens, who I suppose by the Left's tortured logic somehow just had to be on the Framers' white-male-lovin' minds during that stuffy summer stretch of weeks in Philadelphia 235 years ago. 
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