At least one Wingnut out there is willing to say what the rest of them aren’t even though they’re all thinking it.
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.
“Encouraging those who burden society to participate in elections isn’t about helping the poor,” Vadum writes. “It’s about helping the poor to help themselves to others’ money. It’s about raw so-called social justice. It’s about moving America ever farther away from the small-government ideals of the Founding Fathers.”
Letting poor people vote is un-American? Only if you view America through a prism of fascist fantasy.
While these are horrible things to say, they aren’t at all out of line with what most conservatives really think, and this person obviously has no problem saying what no one else is willing to.
And you don’t need to take my word for it. You can simply view conservative legislative history, as virtually nothing they have passed for the least 30 years did anything to help the less fortunate among us and plenty to harm us.
You don’t have to go back very far either. The Paul Ryan Path to Poverty, which all of the Republicans voted for, would radically redesign the nation in favor of the rich. More in favor than it already is, anyway.
I have no problem with these accusations that President Obama wants to “zealously” register people to vote or that he wants to pursue an agenda of “raw” social justice. That’s great. Shout it from the rooftops! Mister Vadum is deranged enough to think that’s a bad thing so let him repeat it ad nauseam.