Judson Phillips Would Restrict Voting to Property Owners



I don't think I'm any relation to Tea Party leader Judson Phillips. My Phillipses appeared practically out of nowhere in Michigan in 1828, where we promptly established a tradition of being cantankerous trouble-causers who couldn't get along with anyone — a tradition I proudly carry on to this day. I haven't found any Judsons in the family tree.

Anyway, this other Phillips would rather we return to some of the ways of voting our Founding Fathers had in mind:

"The Founding Fathers originally said, they put certain restrictions on who gets the right to vote. It wasn't you were just a citizen and you got to vote. Some of the restrictions, you know, you obviously would not think about today. But one of those was you had to be a property owner. And that makes a lot of sense, because if you're a property owner you actually have a vested stake in the community. 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 than non-property owners."

I am trying to decide if I feel more vested in Nashville now that I own a house here (well, technically, the bank owns it and I am slowly paying them for it). And the truth is that I don't think so. I loved Nashville so much I bought a home here, yes. But obviously, I loved Nashville so much before I bought a home here that it led me to buy a home here.

I mean, I know this is a frivolous proposal designed to stoke intergenerational antagonism — as if the people who are older and can afford a home are somehow better citizens than the 18-year-olds who are going off to war to die for our country.

But it just seems like one of those knee-jerk things that, if you even think about it for two seconds, falls apart. I guess you're not supposed to think about it at all — just hear it and cheer it or boo, depending on your side.

Well, I'll just take solace that, until he manages to strip the right to vote from women, this Phillips's vote cancels that Phillips's vote out.

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