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  •  Disagree. (1+ / 0-)
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    The right to vote is just as explicit in the Constitution as every other right that's in there.

    Every amendment expanding voting rights specifically says the right of the citizens to vote shall not be denied or abridged on account of race/gender/etc.  

    This is in line with the way the rest of our rights are laid out in the Constitution, where, instead of saying that the people are granted these rights, it specifically says they can't be taken away, therefore assuming these rights already exist.

    So the Constitution DOES provide the right to vote.  Saying otherwise is like saying that freedom of speech, religion, etc. aren't explicitly in the Constitution.

    Just because courts have said it's not there doesn't mean it's not.

    •  I tend to agree (0+ / 0-)

      many people believe the same, and floored me at a young age that something so fundamental to democracy wasn't a "explicit" (and Federal) constitutional right - but considering how the SCOTUS has drifted so far to Right field on so many issues - this is no different.

      I mean really - corporations as people?

      Another is that there is no "explicit" right to "making money" - though some construe that to the "pursuit of happiness".

      I guess I'll loose some of my cynicism on this issue when I start seeing SCOTUS rulings striking down some of these voter suppression laws - and the associated "poll taxes" they bring.

      But judging by what we've seen recently, not much chance with this court.

      “Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.” ... Voltaire

      by RUNDOWN on Sat Jun 29, 2013 at 04:14:38 PM PDT

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