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Voting is for legal citizens

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By Matt Birkholtz

With the election now just past, I was searching for a topic and while I was researching, I thought why not talk about voting in the election.

An article on www.foxnews.com stated that the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals had shot down a law proposing that voters in Arizona prove they are citizens before registering to vote and to show identification before casting their ballots.

The courts decision ruled that the law is inconsistent with the National Voter Registration Act. Section 6 of the Act allows voters to mail in their registration form, and if they swear under threat of perjury they are, in fact, citizens of the United States.

I disagree with the court’s decision, because I feel it can open doors for illegal aliens, whether they live in the state of Arizona or even Kentucky, to be able to vote in any election they want to take part in.

All of our ancestors came here for a better opportunity. What is different now is so many cross the borders from Mexico into the U.S. and don’t bother to register as an American citizen or as an immigrant.

Although voting is a right under the Constitution, we should only allow those that are legalized citizens to have the right to vote.

I feel that we are beginning the stages of becoming a country that would be unrecognizable by our forefathers.

We are seeing more and more rights being taken away, and our founding fathers may be rolling in their graves.

John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail Adams, “But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.”

With what we have seen happen in elections, that sense of hope and change from President Barack Obama has fundamentally transformed this country into a dependent nation.

We have people in the country beginning to depend on the government to save them. Examples are Cash for Clunkers, the Stimulus Bill and wasteful spending by the government.

Opening the opportunity for illegal immigrants to not only sneak into the country, but to vote in elections whether for local, state, or federal government, Americans should be distraught that a court could make this decision.

John Adams also said, “Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for the profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men.”

That’s interesting, considering most of our politicians in Washington are more like puppets on strings for special or “private” interest groups. When did private corporations run our nation?

Adams added, “Therefore, the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it.”

Maybe this election has begun that process that Adams stated back in 1776, when our country was founded.

At last, if you are an immigrant in this country illegally, begin the process to citizenship so that those who go to the polls to vote are in fact representing what this country was founded on.

(Matt Birkholtz is the sports writer for the Grant County News. He can be reached at mbirkholtz@grantky.com.)