People who cannot claim their political rights have little if any standing in a democratic society.
Politics produces winners and losers. It can best be understood as the struggle over who gets power and resources in society.
Americans who are treated unequally by law consequently have less power:
Barbour, Christine, and Gerald C. Wright. Keeping the Republic: Power and Citizenship in American Politics. 2nd Brief ed. Washington, DC: CQ, 2006. Print.