7. If conservatives believed in the marketplace of ideas, and observed voter fraud is low, wouldn’t they want everyone to vote?
First, Conservatives are more open to allowing opposing ideas than liberals, even hateful ones! We do not try to shut down opposing views, even when both sides agree on what constitutes hateful speech. The difference is that conservatives would rather discuss the issue and try to prove our point, with the ultimate goal of changing people’s mind for the better. Liberals end discussions they are/will lose with name calling, and more recently, rioting and vandalism. How many discussions are ended by a liberal simply by calling the other person a racist or homophobe?
Second, the issue of voter fraud has been covered. You can read that here. The bottom line is that conservatives what the people who are supposed to be voting are the people voting. Voter fraud is unacceptable on any level.
Finally, While I want everyone to vote that has a right to vote, I also think EVERYONE should pay taxes. I don’t think it’s fair for people that don’t pay into the system to have a voice in the system. Seriously. Why should people who don’t pay taxes have a say in how much taxes people should pay? Liberals like to talk about fairness, so I ask, is that fair? People who don’t pay taxes can vote for politicians who support ever increasing taxes and welfare benefits, but who cares, because it doesn’t come out of their pocket–at least directly.
Should non-citizens vote? Absolutely not! And like Hawkins pointed out, if you don’t pay attention to politics, should you really be making political decisions? I see people on Facebook: “I don’t pay attention to politics,” they say. How do you make a decision on who to vote for then? Do you vote based on what’s between a person’s legs? Their hair color? Their age? Whoever is promising the most free shit? Do you vote for whoever Bruce Springsteen says to vote for? If you’re not paying attention, how the hell do you know what you’re voting for?
In an idealist world, I want everyone to vote. In the real world? No. Voters scare the hell out of me.