Tuesday, October 19, 2004

On Being Disenfranchised

Have you noticed the increasing misuse of the term 'disenfranchise' and cognates? Aided and abetted by language-hijacking leftists, this misuse is intended to muddy waters already depressingly turbid enough.

Someone who is too lazy or careless to punch all the way through, or who punches the wrong hole, or lacks the intelligence to figure out a butterfly ballot really ought not be in the voting booth in the first place. If your vote fails to register, or you vote for Buchanan rather than Gore, that is your self-induced problem, and has nothing to do with any 'disenfranchisement.' One cannot disenfranchise oneself; that is something someone else does to you.