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Hoosierdaddee Donating Member (28 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-26-04 10:58 AM
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151. American's Right to Vote
First only white land owners were allowed to vote, then only white men, then Lincoln screwed everything up by freeing the slaves and then congress amended the constitution and gave Black Men the right to vote (though for over a century in "the south" this was as much whimsy as reality) and then as an afterthought they gave Native American men the right to vote. Then at the turn century women got uppity and after allot of noise congress finally acquiesced and amended the constitution giving women the right to vote. And then you got the whole "Jim Crow" and poll tax thing that kept allot of legal voters out of the process. And finally it was decided, though they now can't buy a beer or porn or gamble (in most states) that if 18 year-olds were old enough to be shipped off to asian jungles and die for a lie then they should have the right to vote.

It took almost 200 years for the world's greatest democracy to extend to all of its adult (?) citizenery the most fundemental right of a democracy, which is the ability to "elect" it's representatives in government.

Do you really find it so surprising that "It's almost as if they don't want people to vote".
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