Those are things that I'll be called (and worse) after I ask my question tonight. Understand that in early America, only tax-payers could vote. Since there was no income tax at the time, that pretty much meant property-owning, white males. The idea was that those voting should have a stake in the results of that voting, and that non-property-owners "had nothing to lose" by voting irresponsibly. During those years, we fought a revolution and gained our freedom, drafted and implemented a constitution, showed that power could be peaceably passed from one official to another and (not without a war) finally freed the slaves.
Since that time, we have permitted non-property-owners to vote, blacks and other races to vote and, lastly, gave women the right to vote. NOW, look where we are today and tell me - would we not have been better off leaving the vote the way it was in the beginning? © 2013