The Founders feared a strong central government having just eliminated a monarchy. Many feared the actions of the people and the ease with which they might be manipulated.
Their fears have been vindicated. Few voters or politicians act other than in their best interest. Lower income Americans want more from government, seniors want greater benefits, the wealthy want lower taxes and politicians want anyone’s vote… while few of us think stregically or long-term or what is best for the Country as a whole.
While self interest is powerful, ignorance about the issues, the way government works, the consequences of our actions is IMO even more powerful.
We readily accept every citizen has the right to vote, but apply no responsibility to that privledge. Not even the responsibility to obtain a basic knowledge of the issues or their country or government. Today there are those who want the vote extended to currently incarcerate felons.
If those pushing voting rights at all costs were motivated by some sincere objective, it might be tolerable, but their objective is simply obtaining votes bought with promises of more government benefits.
Why shouldn’t there be some basic requirements to vote?
Perhaps the ability to read at a reasonable level, to demonstrate basic knowledge about our government, civics, history, economics, to pass something akin to the U.S citizenship test. Something, anything to demonstrate responsibility in exchange for helping to determine our society’s fate.
It seems to me this is more critical than ever before because of the ease with which people can be manipulated and presented with false information instantly every minute of the day.