Accountability/Responsibility. People banter around those terms (when it suits them) and conveniently make believe they don’t exist when it doesn’t suit them.
I recently thought of those words in the context of our system of elections and I wondered why I should accept, while I’ve worked my whole life, paid my taxes and paid for a home ensconced in the hills of New Hampshire, hoping to quietly retire ~ in other words, been both (reasonably) responsible and accountable, that some drug addled individual, living in public housing who’s been on the government dole for the better part of their life, should be afforded an equal say in electing representatives who will chart the future of this once a great Republic. Why, I wonder?
Since most don’t even know, I’ll point it out for them. This country wasn’t founded as a “democracy”. It’s never been a “democracy” in spite of what the oligarchs like their media shills to repeat endlessly. Hopefully, it never will be a democracy. The US Army published their definition of ‘democracy’ as a guide to our soldiers: “Democracy is the “direct” rule of the people and has been repeatedly tried without success. A Democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of Government. It can only exist until the voters discover they can vote themselves largess out of the public treasury. From that moment on the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that Democracy always collapses over a loose fiscal policy, always to be followed by a Dictatorship.” Only a democracy lets every damn fool vote~it should NOT be the case in a Republic.
Before we go any further here it needs to be noted that, in FACT, nothing in our Constitution explicitly guarantees everyone’s right to vote. Rather, enfranchisement has ‘evolved’ since the founding of this Republic and will continue to “evolve” as time goes by. For instance, crazy as it might sound to any ‘responsible’ adult, the democrats and and their queen Pelosi have pushed (in 2019/2020) to allow for all sixteen year olds (10th graders!) to vote and 53% of these leftists believe illegal aliens should also be allowed to vote (for them, presumably).
In 2020, Kamala Harris, Biden’s running mate, said: “Young people ages 16-24 are stupid that is why we need more of them to vote.” Leaving these 21st century leftists behind for a moment, when America was established only property owners were voters. The belief being that those with something to loose, those who would have to ‘pay’ for government, perhaps even those with demonstrable “responsibility” and sounder judgement, were those enfranchised with voting for the people tasked with crafting the policies the government would implement.
Oddly enough, some folks expect you to have some understanding of how to ‘reasonably’ drive a car before issuing a driver’s license. Some folks expect you to have some level of competence to represent them in court or carry out surgery on their children. When it comes to charting a path for a nation in debt up to its ass and sitting on thousands of nuclear weapons however, we don’t expect anyone to demonstrate any good judgement, responsibility or accountability. Just be breathing (usually) and show up and you can decide our fate. We don’t care who you are, where you live, if you can read, are sane or even if you’re a Citizen in this country. As Bob Baker used to say “Come on down!”
Now, everyone can vote and, if the hopelessly stupid and ignorant leftists have their way (as stated above), sixteen year olds and illegal aliens ~ ‘foreigners’ (2019/2020) will be added to the electorate to those already non-working parasites, voting for leftists who continue to promise to pay them (from our tax dollars) to not work. (Presumably if Vladimir Putin walks across the US/Mexico border, he can vote too, right? If not, why not? He’s no different than any Mexican/foreigner walking across our border.)
Essentially, every breathing, narcissistic, post-pubescent, biped who can crash the gates will be granted the vote in America unless we begin reexamining limiting the franchise to those Citizens with demonstrable accountability and responsibility. Before this nation disassembles or burns to the ground from the ‘demands’ posed by people with no skin in the game, I believe it’s time to ask do we ‘really’ value accountability and responsibility or do we simply give it lip service while accepting that no one gives a shit anymore? Do you give a shit?
There are a couple of ways we might address this turd floating in the punchbowl, to save this country, before they ‘vote in’ the 21st century’s equivalent to Joe Stalin and create some monolithic communistic tyranny or force the country’s dismemberment into little socialist/communistic city-state dictatorships because, indeed, we’ve reached that Rubicon. We could revert to a restrictive system where demonstrable accountability and responsibility earns a Citizen the Right to vote. Those people would include property owners, serving military and veterans having been honorably discharged. Anyone suggesting this would set us back to a time before the Andrew Jackson days where only ‘white’ property owners be allowed to vote is slinging BS. Several constitutional amendments (the Fifteenth, Nineteenth, and Twenty-Sixth specifically) require that voting rights of U.S. citizens cannot be abridged on account of race, color, previous condition of servitude, sex, or age for those above 18 years of age. Since anyone can own property (any race, any age, man, woman or even whatever), since anyone can also serve in our military, this first structural option doesn’t, in fact, discriminate under those Amendments. It merely rewards sound choices, accountability and responsibility with the voting franchise that was never intended to be a ‘universal’ franchise.
The second structural option is we could simply lawfully disenfranchise anyone unable/unwilling to take care of themselves. Anyone under the care or supervision of the states or federal government would lose the Right to vote. My short list for disenfranchisement would include wards of the state (persons under the legal protection of some arm of the government), prisoners or any individual under the lawful ‘supervision’ of the state (probation/parole) until their committed term was fulfilled, people relying on the state/federal dole (public assistance), programs like SNAP (food stamps), subsidized housing, energy assistance and TANF (temporary assistance for needy families) until they rejoined the work force and were self sustaining. Of course, leftist organizations will sue in court, but again, nothing in our Constitution explicitly guarantees our right to vote. But, where Alexis de Tocqueville remarked, “The American Republic will endure, until politicians realize they can bribe the people with their own money.” coupled with the study done by the CATO Institute (https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/why-get-welfare) which points out “Poor people aren’t stupid. If they can get more from the government than they can from a job, they aren’t going to work.” ~ These people will always vote for whatever (anti-Republic) oligarch caters to their being ‘taken care of’ regardless of national interest. Accountability and responsibility and thus, forming good choices, are CRITICAL to the Right to vote rather than any arbitrary ‘one man (or child), one vote’ scheme. We need to limit the franchise to Citizens demonstrating such “responsibility” or the consequence, articulated by Alexander Fraser Tytler (and the US Army paraphrased above) will be: “A democracy (our Republic) cannot exist as a permanent form of government.”