The Founding Fathers originally allowed only property owners to have a vote. Mostly white men, and some white women and a few African Americans were the only voters in the beginning. The thought was that only property owners would listen closely to what people running for office said, and would hold them to account when hired for an office. I wish we held to that rule.
If not property owners, maybe a requirement to pass a test on each of the candidate’s record and platform before being allowed to hire a public official like a Congress person. If you can’t recite the platform, and at least some basic answers on the person’s qualifications, voting record or other relevant data, you can’t vote. It should be an earned right. Open to all who do their homework, and have not had the right taken from them legally.
So do us all a favor, if you plan to vote in 2012 and you don’t do the homework on the candidates, either leave the voting to those of us who do, or find out who the majority of Tea Partiers are voting for and vote accordingly.