"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality." --Bishop Desmond Tutu

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Oh no they didn't! OH YES THEY DID!

The wingnuttiness doesn't get any wingnuttier than this! Over at the Family Security Matters asylum... er, website, Michael Sall is suggesting we do away with universal suffrage because the Black People are actually voting! Horror of horrors! If only we could restrict the voting to landowners this would be a great country again! You know. like our "brilliant founders" did back in 1787 when only rich, white men had the vote. You know, the "good old days" when a black man knew his place and it certainly wasn't the White House (Did someone say "Uppity?")

No, I'm not kidding. The title of the piece is:

Exclusive: Why Did Our Founders Want Only Qualified Citizens to Vote?

By "qualified" he means property owners. There was a litmus test in the Constitution that extended franchise only to white male landowners.

Above this enticing title is this picture of a white, male hand slipping a paper ballot into a box.

Gee, that isn't too obvious, is it?

But the best part is the text. Check this out.
Instead, it has been determined that anyone should be able to vote, even though too many voters have no earthly idea what policy or party serves them best. National research demonstrates that more people know who Paula Abdul is than who know the three branches of government. This extension of voting rights to anyone and everyone has led to a huge bloc of people voting on emotion and only for their immediate gratification, as opposed to what best serves the country and even themselves in the long run. These voters are like the farmers who eat the seed corn and are therefore unable to plant in the spring.
So when the voters who've been voting for the GOP for all these years suddenly realize that they've been duped and switch to the Democrats, this is a crisis all of a sudden. Uh huh... The remedy?
Some may say [returning to the notion that only landowners can vote] is unfair, that everyone should vote, but is the system as it is set up today fair? Under our everyone-can-vote current system, one group can vote themselves another group’s private property, something certainly unfair and unlikely to occur if only property owners were voting. In the short run, expropriating private property may benefit a few, but in the long run it is ruinous for everyone.
Yes, the world should be further divided into haves and have nots. Let's just turn the poor into serfs, since that's all they're good for. This guy is not only stupid, but his ideas are racist and classist and a whole bunch of other things I can't even bring myself to articulate. This is the kind of shoddy misrepresentation of conservative values that is going to put the GOP into a permanent minority or eliminate it alltogether.

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