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A Kirk Apologist on NJ’s Constitution

Kirk apologist Dale Courtney quotes a story from Reuters:

State weighs cutting “idiot” from constitution

New Jersey is to consider cutting the word ‘idiot’ from its constitution so that people with some mental disabilities won’t be barred from voting.

State Senate President Richard Codey introduced a bill on Monday that would remove language from the New Jersey constitution that was designed more than 150 years ago to prevent people suffering from mental illness or handicap from casting their vote in national, state or local elections.

Codey wants to eliminate a section that says “no idiot or insane person should enjoy the right of suffrage” and substitute with a reference to “a person who has been adjudicated by a court of competent jurisdiction to lack the capacity to understand the act of voting.”
Codey, a Democrat who was previously acting governor of New Jersey, said in a statement the term “idiot” is “outdated, vague, offensive to many and may be subject to misinterpretation.”

This is an interesting bill; certainly, removing the word “idiot” is a well motivated and warranted move. And by changing the criteria to a judicial determination of whether a person is “lacking capacity to understand the act of voting,” the law is made more precise. On the one hand, this criteria can cover a class broader than those who are “mentally ill” or lack cognitive abilities in general; and on the other hand, this criteria might be able to include some persons able to understand their right to vote who are otherwise classified as “mentally ill.” In so far as we can include those class of people we deem “mentally ill” who are able to rationally vote, we should. This reminds me of the high volume of forced sterilzation of idiots the state of California used to perform….

And sure enough, here is what Dale left out of the quote:

He said individuals with cognitive or emotional disabilities may be capable of making decisions in a voting booth, and those people should not be discriminated against.

“This is another big step toward removing the stigma of mental illness,” Codey said.

But I leave you with the interpretation of politicized, Kirk-defending, Republican-theonomist Dale:

Or in other words: “we want idiots and the insane to vote in our state.”

Guess who’s sponsoring this legislation? You got it: a Democrat.

We already know Dale willfully libels people without detraction under protest. So I wouldn’t read too much idiocy in Dale’s comment.

January 15, 2007 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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