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American statesman John Jay said, " The people who govern the country ought to govern it." Would Jay have supported or opposed the extension of voting rights? American statesman John Jay said, "The people who govern the country ought to govern it." Would Jay have supported or opposed the extension of voting rights?

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I think that you are misquoting Jay here.  I believe that what he really said was that the people who own the country ought to govern it.  Given that statement, it is fairly clear that he would have opposed extension of voting rights.  He would have wanted the vote to...

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I think that you are misquoting Jay here.  I believe that what he really said was that the people who own the country ought to govern it.  Given that statement, it is fairly clear that he would have opposed extension of voting rights.  He would have wanted the vote to be limited to people who were relatively wealthy because they had a true stake in society.  In today's terms, they were the "makers" and not the "takers."

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