Tea Party Boss: Only Property Owners Should Be Able to Vote
Suggests return to 18th-century rule
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Dec 1, 2010 8:41 AM CST
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(Newser) – The president of the Tea Party Nation says it “makes a lot of sense” to limit voting rights to those who own property. On the group’s radio show two weeks ago, Judson Phillips noted that the Founding Fathers stuck “certain restrictions” on voting rights; while some “you would not think about today,” the property rule—which, ThinkProgress notes, stems from the 18th century—might deserve some thought, he suggested.

“If you’re a property owner you actually have a vested stake in the community,” Phillips said. “If you’re not a property owner, you know, I’m sorry but property owners have a little bit more of a vested interest in the community.” Listen to the clip at left.

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Zach Young
Dec 3, 2010 9:14 AM CST
So I guess that means that if the economy tanks like it just did and you get laid off, then you lose your right to vote if you get foreclosed on... That's kind of messed up if you ask me.
Dec 2, 2010 11:16 PM CST
If one reads the constitution before the added on amendments, one will see that the founding fathers never ensures the people the explicit right to vote. This tea party comments are retarded and incorrect. Obviously now, the constitution has been amended to give the people the right to vote, for the most part.
Dec 2, 2010 4:44 PM CST
Wow, that is the best idea this guy can come up with. No wonder the tea party is going to fizzle out like a bad hair fad.