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Rand Paul’s Idea to Force
the States to Enfranchise
Felons Really Is Unconstitutional

National Review Online, by Roger Clegg

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Posted By:MissMolly, 6/26/2014 5:55:01 AM

I’m gratified that Senator Paul responded to my criticism of the constitutionality of his plan for a federal bill to reenfranchise some felons, but I’m afraid that his response is quite unpersuasive. Senator Paul seems to think that states can decide who votes in state elections but that the federal government has the final say on who can vote in federal elections, but that is just not true. The U.S. Constitution itself explicitly gives the authority to decide who votes in federal elections to the states (consistent, of course, with other constitutional guarantees, like the prohibition of poll taxes). And the

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Spidey, 6/26/2014 6:38:33 AM     (No. 9900171)

I don´t want to offend Paul´s supporters but the guy really needs to switch parties.Placating criminals is no different that placating radical Islam.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Janjan, 6/26/2014 6:46:12 AM     (No. 9900176)

There is difference between a Libertarian and a Conservative. There is now also a difference between a Republican and a Conservative.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: bkt23, 6/26/2014 6:57:07 AM     (No. 9900188)

The Constitution does not permit the Federal government to bar any citizen from voting. The issue should be left to the states, insofar as decisions to bar voting do not step on any Constitutional amendments regarding voting rights.


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Reply 4 - Posted by: StormCnter, 6/26/2014 6:57:58 AM     (No. 9900192)

I´m trying to remember why I once considered Rand Paul a credible presidential candidate.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: WAN2, 6/26/2014 7:37:33 AM     (No. 9900238)

Oh the FUN we have picking apart OUR candidates!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: snapper451, 6/26/2014 8:00:01 AM     (No. 9900269)

I remember an assembly in junior high school where someone from the State A.G. office came to explain the consequences of a felony. You would lose your right to vote. Now Rand Paul and the Dems want to use it, like immigration, as another Democrat voter registration drive. Rand Paul is headed to Ron Paul territory which equals 1% of the vote.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Blackeagle, 6/26/2014 8:08:24 AM     (No. 9900280)

I suspect that, if Paul decides to join the crush of 2016 presidential candidates, he will do about as well as his Dad has done.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: planetgeo, 6/26/2014 8:21:57 AM     (No. 9900299)

So to summarize, Rand Paul is FOR amnesty, and he is also FOR letting felons vote. Can someone explain to me why this guy is hanging out in the Republican Party and why we should vote for him?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: chillijilli, 6/26/2014 8:49:06 AM     (No. 9900352)

#5 has a point. When was the last time we read or witnessed the Demos doing this?
The media baits us to eat our own and we just gobble up. Will we ever learn?
Discussion about *issues* is healthy, but realize the media loves it when we get really skanky,

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Reply 10 - Posted by: KGK73, 6/26/2014 8:55:13 AM     (No. 9900362)

I used to think he was a credible candidate. Now I think he is as crazy as his father.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Starlady, 6/26/2014 9:04:08 AM     (No. 9900375)

I am very glad that Rand Paul has so much time to opine on a variety of issues because the more he opines the more I see I didn´t really know him when I thought he had potential to lead.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: JimJr, 6/26/2014 10:01:56 AM     (No. 9900458)

Amnesty and the restoration of rights are very separate issues. I am very much against amnesty.

The restoration of rights is different animal altogether. When a person is convicted of a crime, they are remanded into the custody of the State for the duration of their sentence. While they are in the custody of the State, whether in prison, on parole or on probation, the state can and does, lawfully, restrict the rights of the convict. Their rights of movement, assembly, voting and possession of firearms or other weapons, etc. are suspended. When a person completes their sentence, including parole or probation (i.e. "paid their debt to society"), their rights should be restored. The penalties for certain offenses should include life-time bans on the right to seek elective office (many felonies) or to keep and bear arms (aggravated crimes of violence). These bans should be included in the penalties specified for the crimes.

Mr. Clegg´s statement about Holder is disingenuous at best, as Holder was calling for the re-enfranchisement of convicts still in the custody/supervision of the State.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: enuf8, 6/26/2014 12:01:29 PM     (No. 9900647)

Rand was Conservative in his manner of thinking for the first 2 years of his holding a Senate seat. During the 2008 campaign he rapidly jumped to endorse Romney--WHILE his father Ron Paul was still actively campaigning for president.

The action told the true character of Rand. He thought to grab the coattails of Romney to position himself for a later date. When he started his fence sitting one could see he was pandering to both, establishment and the conservative movements. He thinks one with NO true convictions, just a mealy mouth person who thinks he can cater to a particular group/crowd in one setting and turn around to do the opposite to the next group will somehow make him appear favorable to all.

Paul is shooting himself in both feet and in making certain he can run on two venues at the same time also shows lack of confidence in his ability to gain the highest office. He has the agreement sealed in Kentucky that if he runs for president position and loses that he could possibly win the Senate seat at the same time.

Don´t forget, he was an early endorser of the freckless turtle for his primary.

Why waste a vote on someone who is showing no character of his convictions which allowed him to obtain a Senate Seat to begin with. After all, he is his father´s son.

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