What is a 'delusion'. It is a fixed or firm belief, that is resistant to needing to provide any evidence, while at the same time, been resistant to any facts which may counter the delusion.
One may have a delusion that they are a messianic figure, and they believe it, with all of their heart, even when there is a lack of any evidence.
One may have a delusion that, through telepathy, they can communicate with intelligent life forms, in far off planets.
One may have the delusion that guardian angels can play a large part in improving your life.
The list goes on.
Some of the delusions are harmless, and one need not technically be mentally ill to suffer from a delusion, although delusions are a symtom of some mental illnesses.
People whose delusion is very consumptive, and begins to play a more central and pivotal role, in their every day life, are at risk of becoming detatched from reality, and will gravitate towards others who share their delusion, so that in their bubble, they can validate one another's false claims, and never behave objectively about them.
If someone has a delusion, such as talking to angels that they feel can help society, and it plays a pivotal part in their life, it may not be that this person is dangerous, or bad, not at all.
But is it really the best idea to let them vote, or worse, run for office?
Surely if their delusion is that central to them, then there is a very serious risk, whether they set out to or not, of the delusion being brought into their decision making processs, on the most serious of issues.
Issues which do not require a delusional, that puts their faith in angels, which is not rational or the actions of a reasoned and rational thinker.
Serious issues require minds that are rational, reasoned, not cluttered up or shaped by made up self delusions, surely?
You can talk about 'rights' if you like, but in the end, if giving delusionals the keys to your country, damages it, or there is a risk that the delusion will be pervasive into the conduct of the man, then is it not more responsible not to risk it?
Would you hand the keys of a Ferrari to a kid that had just past their test, or whose mind was altered, by drugs, and consider that a good use of liberty, or just plain asking for trouble?
Take Romney. Now before anyone says anything, I don't have time for either him or Obama, so let's not go over nuance.
But you just cannot detach yourself from the small matter that the next President of the United States, could be a man who thinks that Joe Smith is the half brother of Jesus, and that in NYC one day, he was visited by a magic angel, who gave him some magic plates, to read some magic tablets.
Which all then magically vanished.
I mean, come on, in any other context, if someone said they were into that, you may smile, and walk away slowly, facing them at all times!
You cannot seperate the two things, believe what you wish imo, or have whatever delusions you like, but it is just not sane or responsible, to let a plainly deluded person possibly be into one of the highest chairs in the World.
Would you be okay if Rael was a candidate?
Or Jim Sparks, or Billy Meir, or George Adamski?
If not, aren't you being a hypocite, if you are okay with one delusion, and not another?