Straight Up with Sherri

Friday, February 18, 2005


Hillary pushes vote for felons:
Joins Kerry in touting bill to make Election Day U.S. holiday

Who wants to allow felons the right to vote? Hillary, Kerry, and Boxer to name a few. This is the epitome of INSANITY! We are talking about a group of people who cannot abide by the law.

Lynne Stewart
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Other Inmates.....
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A good way to see how badly the lefts ideology is for America is to look at how it works on a much smaller scale. We all know of a friend or a family member that just always seems to be broke. Their hand is out and they are always whining about something or another. No matter how many times someone “helps” them out, they always end up in “need” again.

I know of a man that lamented over how horrible it was that he was unable to provide for his family because he had no transportation. One of the Deacons of his church went out and bought him a car. Flat out paid cash for the car and gave it to him. Once he got the car, he ended up working about 5 days in the next month. One excuse after another. Then the bills were so far behind, he pawned the car. The very same Deacon turned around and then sold this man a truck for $10.00. This same man ended up dragging his wife and kids from place to place, stealing checks and forging them and is presently serving time in State Prison for the SECOND time for forgery and theft by taking.

THIS IS NOT A MAN THAT I WANT MY POLITICIANS PLAYING TO FOR VOTES! Can you imagine the campaign promises? “I think we need to drop the sentences for forgery from 5 years to 2 years. Heck, nobody got hurt; let’s just give them probation. For those already serving, they need to be eligible for benefits for 6 months after their release so they can get back on their feet.” WHY NOT?

We have seen the Democrats play this game forever. They constantly tell the seniors that they will give them this, or give them that. They pander to minorities, promising them free stuff. Both parties milk the Latino voters over the issue of illegal immigration. One group proposed on the O’Reilly Factor the other night that America increase spending on Cash and Food benefits for the poor to an all-time high of over $50 BILLION. There are only 300 million PEOPLE in the U.S.!

I’m not against the poor. I’m one of the “poor.” The problem here is that there is no incentive for people to CHANGE their situation if there is always someone there to bail them out of everything. I have no problem with government programs in place to help people who need temporary help, or are unable to work. I don’t want single mothers working 60 hours a week because then no one is with the kids, and I don’t want them breaking into my home.

What I DO want is a system that encourages people to take care of themselves? If we keep promising each special interest group their own special program, it is the people who understand the true heart and meaning of America that are getting the shaft. I don’t begrudge the rich their money. I do begrudge the elites thinking that their greed for power gives them cart blanch to play charity with the sweat of hard working Americans.

Letting Felons vote. Forget it! If you can follow the laws of the land, then we will let you participate in making decisions on who gets to be the lawmakers of the land. Be warned. The bill they are trying to introduce has plenty of other parts to it. They will sell you the idea that the bill is meant to make voting EASIER for people. After the last election, I can see why. Letting felons vote has to be easier than
slashing tires,

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  • That last picture, Sherri...looks like scenes from the Chicago "Get Out the Vote" drive!


    I really don't think the votes-for-felons provision is going to make it. It's a stupid idea, and most Americans will instinctively reject it. But it doesn't surprise me that Democrats are pushing it. They KNOW who these inmates are going to favor, overwhelmingly, at the polls. This is nothing more or less than an attempt to broaden their base of likely Democrat voters.

    By Blogger Sloan, at 11:45 AM  

  • HEY they've found a new constituency. A captive audience (sorry). A new frontier in electoral fraud. How can I appeal to the felon vote?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:53 PM  

  • The idea of making Election Day a national holiday is really a bad idea for John Kerry and his ilk. Several of the labor unions in the upper midwest have negotiated that already. What happens is the guys go hunting on that day, not to the polls. Most places, the bars are already closed while the polls are open, so people stock up and drink elsewhere.
    Perhaps the most important issue is that voting is a State-regulated process. The Federal government has only the Supreme Court saying that any voting rights extended to any citizen must be extended equally to all citizens. It is still up to the State to define "voting right" and "citizen".

    By Blogger Right Wing Nut Job, at 2:57 PM  

  • I'm liking your blog. I will have to read more later

    By Blogger Rob, at 3:35 PM  

  • Over the last 40 years, the definition of a crime which is a felony has broadened repeatedly to the point that a large proportion of felons would have not been felons had they committed their crimes in the 50,s or 40's. I'm not certain of the reason for this other than that politicians get lots of credit for strengthening criminal laws and none for reducing them. Additionally, inflation has converted lots of misdemeanors into felonies. When I was a teenager, you could steal a set of hubcaps and have it be a misdemeanor--petit larceny. The same theft today makes you a felon for grand larceny--because the cost of hubcaps has gone up while the cutoff $ amount for grand larceny has not.

    All of this is creating the political pressure to allow felons to vote. The better solution than an indiscriminate change is for each state to look at the criminal law as a whole and set the definition of a serious crime(felony) on a consistent and realistic basis. The other half of the solution is to have review boards to determine when a felon has assumed all of the burdens and responsibilities of citizenship and therefore should be entitled to a vote in the political process. The review board should operate with either no or trivialo application process. A show of no arrests, holding down a job, supporting a family, doing volunteer work, getting a degree,etc. would all count towards retrieving the franchise.

    By Blogger levi from queens, at 3:56 PM  

  • levi:
    An interesting comment. I generally agree with what you have said, up until we get to the "review board" of politicos deciding who gets to vote and who doesn't. I love ya, Friend, but that is a really stupid idea!

    By Blogger Right Wing Nut Job, at 7:53 PM  

  • rwnj -- what would you propose instead?-- the parole board? -- or a straight mechanical test like paying $5,000 in local taxes? -- or just making the loss of the franchise permanent? -- or contingent on a pardon from the governor? I believe some state uses each of these except for the mechanical test or permananent loss of franchise.

    By Blogger levi from queens, at 8:33 PM  

  • First, recognize that this is a State's issue. So, the Federal Government must get the hell out of it! That being said, here is my recommendation:
    No active felon is allowed to vote. By active felon, I include parolee and probationer (for a felony). Once the time is served completely (I trust you understand what parole & probation are), all voting rights are to be restored unless the particular felony is a voting violation. In this case, voting rights are permanently taken away short of a pardon.
    The irony in today's laws is that the only effect of being an ex-felon is the stupid taking away of Second Amendment rights (which makes no sense whatsoever). Why should someone guilty of voter fraud be prohibited from owning a firearm, but permitted to perpetrate voter fraud again. Give 'em their guns, but take away the voting rights. On the other hand, if it's a gun violation, take away their guns, but give them the right to vote. No board, no policy, no demigod deciding who is entitled and should vote, just law!It's real simple and easy to apply.

    By Blogger Right Wing Nut Job, at 8:48 PM  

  • I'm sorry but this the stupidest thing I've heard of. No, you do not have the right to vote if you broke the law. If you can't follow the rules of the land you have no say. Now if they have an election about whether prisoners should wear orange jumpsuites or black & white ball and chain suites, then thats when the prisoners should vote. They can vote all day on that issue. Vote on mash pototoes or whether the cafateria guy should wear a hair net. But the land I live on and work for, sorry prisoners don't have a say!!

    By Blogger CA7350, at 9:08 PM  

  • CA7350:
    I am not understanding your comment. Are you speaking specifically of felony prisoners currently incarcerated? Or anyone incarcerated in any facility regardless of reason? Or ex-felons or ex-offenders of any kind?

    It is awfully easy to convict someone in any Kangaroo Court. So redress must be available. What about a person who changes State of residence after serving time?
    The samples of voting prisoners you give is silly! Entertaining, but silly. Those are exactly the people who would not, under any circustances, be entitled to vote on the issues you cite.

    If you were illicitly convicted, would you feel the same?

    By Blogger Right Wing Nut Job, at 11:21 PM  

  • I think that they should be able to vote, after they have been out a certain amount of time and has meet all the obligations of there sentence. We as the quote unquote good citizens are so quick to tear other people down. An no I am not an exfelon, I am that one person who believes that everyone should be given a second chance. We all break the laws of the land at some point or another in our lives, and no they may not be felonies but the law has still been broken should our voting rights be taken away, oh of course not because then there would be no one at the poles.

    By Blogger kmurray, at 1:04 PM  

  • I believe that this attempt for felons will not be passed, but I think its a really good idea. They were not taken the right away of not voting when they were persecuted so it shoul'nt be taken away know. Everyone has a voice and right to vote.

    By Blogger RW4341, at 11:36 PM  

  • I believe that this attempt for felons will not be passed, but I think its a really good idea. They were not taken the right away of not voting when they were persecuted so it shoul'nt be taken away know. Everyone has a voice and right to vote.

    By Blogger RW4341, at 11:37 PM  


    By Blogger MAB8887, at 7:32 PM  

  • I feel like every one deserves a second chance. It shouldn’t matter if they were lock up or not. They already lost majority of their rights when they get out of prison. If this was you, you wouldn’t want anyone to take that right from you.

    By Blogger AB7463, at 9:46 PM  

  • Sherri hits the nail on the head! This country has rewarded criminals and lazy citizens for far too long. Think about it, hard-working people like myself wake up every morning and go to work just to provide the necessities for myself: food, shelter, clothing. On the other hand, criminals live in a facility where they have food, clothing, television, computers, even school! (Which us hard-working people pay out of our taxes) Now, to add insult to injury, Democrats are trying to allow them to vote?! What is that? Why should convicted felons have the same privileges as me? I work twice as hard and get a pat on the back for being a good citizen...

    By Anonymous Quita, at 11:13 PM  

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