Voting has always meant power. Even now with the increasing control of both major parties by the 1%, Republicons and their Plutocratic Overlords hate voting because it means the voter may choose a Government which does not seek to defend through laws and violence the stolen wealth accumulated by the Plutocracy.
Much of this stems from Alexander Hamilton's fear the Demos would rise up and slaughter their Plutocratic Oppressors. The 1% today don't fear the Demos Rising because they have a powerful enough Paramilitary Domestic Army,
"I have my own army in the NYPD, which is the seventh largest army in the world,' NY Tyrant Michael Bloomberg,supplemented by the likes of BlackWater if need be.
What the 1% fear today is the 99%. This why the evolving OWS and #Occupy Movement has so angered the Rich, it may hamper the crooked gambling system known as "American Capitalism" which funnels TRILLIONS in stolen loot to them.
Republicons, however, are always engaged in repackaging their Theft and Transfer of Wealth under new slogans and are constantly pushing the ACORN/New Black Panther/Rampant Minority Voting Fraud lies. They know by lying they can push laws which restrict access to Universal Suffrage. Republicons first service to their Moneyed Masters is keeping people away from the voting booth.
The 1% sees the Univseral Suffrage as an affront to their Natural Rights. Since the founding of the Nation the 1% believe the Govenment should represent them exclusively.
"The People who own this Country Ought to Govern It." - John Jay.To the 1% Government exists only to provide a framework for business cooperation, to defend Businesses from foreign invaders, create a extensive structured framework to quell and quash domestic dissent and create a massive military to open up Markets for Business to explore and exploit abroad. To the 1%, anything else done by Government is "Un-American" and "Unconstitutional".
"The 80,000 is a net number. The private sector created 104,000 jobs. The public sector happily shrank by 24,000 jobs. Both of that’s good." - George Will cheered when Americans lose their jobs, because Government workers not helping Private Businesses steal money or kill people are unconstitutional.
Matthew Vadum at The American Thinker clearly enunciated the conservative view of Democracy in his article, Registering the Poor to Vote is Un-American.
Because they know the poor can be counted on to vote themselves more benefits by electing redistributionist politicians. Welfare recipients are particularly open to demagoguery and bribery. Registering them to vote is like handing out burglary tools to criminals. It is profoundly antisocial and un-American...This is what the 1% thinks of Voting.
Paul Ryan's Deathcare Plan is designed to eliminate Medicare and Medicaid and would serve up the least powerful Americans like a trussed-pig to business interests by getting government out of providing healthcare to the sick, the old, the indigent. At the basis of his Paul Ryan's Plan is the squeezing of eveyr last dollar from those with little hope before allowing them to die.
Republicon Mike Lee of Utah is one of the scummiest sychophants serving today. Mike Lee preceded Newt Gingrich in calling Child Labor laws Unconstitutional and routinely made pro-child exploitation videos on his youtube channel. Lee purposefully used his Senate Office to sabotage the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), because the CFPB is designed to stop the rampant corruption by the Richest 1%. Lee's constant fall back is to call everything he opposes Unconstitutional, which according to Lee's leash holders it is because it hampers their crimes.
The 1% don't see the ridiculous bloated DoD contracts as welfare, they don't see subsidies for Oil Companies as theft, they don't believe Corporations negative tax rates, meaning they made more after taxes than before they paid those taxes, is wrong.
The 1% think they are the Neo-Feudalist Lords. Trillions belong to them by the mere fact of who they are. Wealth and Power are theirs by Right. Anything which gets in their way is axiomatically wrong and needs be fought by their Guards and Defenders.