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Twenty Things this Conservative Believes

RhymesWithRight Wrote: Jun 01, 2012 9:19 AM
20) There's no way a felon should ever have the right to vote, own a gun, or teach children among other activities Unless and until we cut down on the number and variety of crimes classified as felonies, I must disagree. Even then, I have qualms about stripping away the RIGHT to keep and bear arms, on the same basis I don't believe we can legitimately strip them of their right to freedom of speech, religion, or due process of law. Rights are rights, not privileges - and I only accept the revocation of the right to vote because it is written into the Constitution itself.
Doug5049 Wrote: Jun 01, 2012 9:45 AM
Not all felonies are equal. Some young, dumb, 19 year old caught with half a gram of cocaine is not the equal of a guy who has committed armed robbery. Lots of youngsters who experiment with drugs harm nobody, outgrow their youthful foolishness, and become responsible citizens. Should a 40 year old business owner be deprived of his right to vote because of youthful mistakes he made more than half his life ago?
TexasChris Wrote: Jun 01, 2012 9:53 AM
I agree.

If they can't be trusted then why release them? Rights are rights, and inalienable.
RhymesWithRight Wrote: Jun 01, 2012 9:36 AM
Consider this additional example. A few years back, a couple of my students decided to pull a prank by egging my car on a boring Saturday night. The result was $2000 in paint damage to my car -- felony criminal mischief in the state of Texas had I pressed charges. Is this really the sort of offense that merits the loss of rights you propose?
Mother of 4 -- the original Wrote: Jun 01, 2012 10:21 AM
Why not?

What they did was the same as if they'd stolen $2000 from your bank account.
RhymesWithRight Wrote: Jun 01, 2012 9:31 AM
Here's the problem with over-criminalization --
RhymesWithRight Wrote: Jun 01, 2012 9:30 AM
Here's an example of the problem with over criminalization --

1) Any illegal alien caught in this country should be forever barred from legally visiting this country, working here, or becoming an American citizen.

2) If you take welfare or food stamps or if your kids have to get free meals at school, you should be ashamed. Your kids should feel ashamed by your failure, too.

3) There is no such thing as a conflict between Christianity and science or a reason for any Christian to have his religious beliefs override any conclusions that he'd reach by simply following the science. Any and all apparent conflicts between science...