Every once in a while one of the right wingers — perhaps exhausted with all the dog whistles and pussyfooting around — will drop all pretense toward “democracy” and just let their fascist flag fly. Such was the case earlier this week with Mathew Vadum.
Conservative columnist Matthew Vadum is just going to come right out and say it: registering the poor to vote is un-American and “like handing out burglary tools to criminals.”
“It is profoundly antisocial and un-American to empower the nonproductive segments of the population to destroy the country — which is precisely why Barack Obama zealously supports registering welfare recipients to vote,” Vadum, the author of a book published by World Net Daily that attacks the now-defunct community organizing group ACORN, writes in a column for the American Thinker.
Vadum’s entire post is worth a read in all of its full patrician glory, but as usual with this kind of post, it’s the comments that really push this thing into the darkest recesses of creepytown.
A few gems from the American Thinker’s comments:
When the country started, voting was restricted to citizens who had a financial stake in small government. Now anyone with a pulse can vote. Eventually, you might have to fight your way into the polling place through a gauntlet of government dependents who will decide if you look like someone who will support big government candidates.
I’ve said all along we need LESS people voting. The conservatives should push for poll taxes (if you’re not willing or able to pay, then you probably are not willing or able to be informed enough to vote), increase the voting age to 21, no voting for anyone who has received government assistance in the past year, and no sufferage for anyone who cannot read. One person one vote is a recipe for political suicide and the Communist’s dream.
I agree completely with this article and have a simple solution to fix it. Every person’s vote is weighted according to how much they paid in taxes. Everyone gets a default value of one. So of that evil CEO paid $750,000 in taxes, his vote would be the equivalent of 750,000 voters who paid nothing.
Hey dummy, that’s the system we already have!
Of course it was only a matter of time before Heinlein came into this:
I’m a Heinlein fan myself, I think that only those who are veterans – people who have at some point made it plain they were willing to die for this country – should have the franchise. As Heinlein put it: ” in a democratic state, the vote is the ultimate power. To gain that power, someone should be willing to risk the ultimate price”.
And VBMax gets to the heart of the matter.
Another thought: Recruiting and transporting voters to the polls with the promise of free donuts or whatever is bribery and should be prosecuted as such.
As for Mathew Vedum, it was driving me crazy to figure out who this guy looked like, but I finally decided it was a cross between Dr. Who’s Dream Lord (mad props to Toby Jones) and the Nazi villain from Raiders of the Lost Ark.