James Madison, framer of the Constitution
…Only people who owned land debt-free, without mortgages,
should be able to vote.
If you’re looking for the right to vote, you won’t find it in the United States Constitution or the Bill of Rights.
The Bill of Rights recognizes the core rights of citizens in a democracy, including freedom of religion, speech, press and assembly. It then recognizes several insurance policies against an abusive government that would attempt to limit these liberties…
But the framers of the Constitution never mentioned a right to vote. They didn’t forget – they intentionally left it out. To put it most simply, the founders didn’t trust ordinary citizens to endorse the rights of others.
Though this article expands upon the elitism that held sway over the minds of America’s ruling class in the 18th Century…most legislation that followed on through the 19th and 20th centuries only expanded equal rights to civil opportunity. Not the right to vote.
We still have no shortage of 18th Century minds in government.