In an attempt to make myself post more often and more regularly, I’m instituting a Weekly WTF. What is a Weekly WTF? It’s something so egregious that I can’t believe it actually happened. Pretty simple.
This week, the Weekly WTF comes to use courtesy of Matthew Vadum of the Capital Research Center (via Raw Story). According to him, registering poor people to vote is un-American.
“Why are left-wing activist groups so keen on registering the poor to vote? Because they know the poor can be counted on to vote themselves more benefits by electing redistributionist politicians. Welfare recipients are particularly open to demagoguery and bribery.
Registering them to vote is 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.
Encouraging those who burden society to participate in elections isn’t about helping the poor. It’s about helping the poor to help themselves to others’ money.
Holy crap. Someone actually wrote this? Usually this hostility towards poor people manifests itself in cutting social services, all in the name of “limited government.” But this guy goes a step (or a million) further, saying that, in a democracy, only the “productive” members of society (i.e. rich people) should be able to vote, lest these ragamuffin poor people destroy society.
In case you’re wondering if this is a good idea, the answer is no. No is the answer. The answer is no.
What Vadum is suggesting is destroying democracy as we know it, and replacing it with an oligarchy. Apparently, if you’re unlucky enough to not be on food stamps or need any sort of public assistance then you shouldn’t get a say in how the government functions. You may be a citizen, but who cares?! You’re poor! That makes you less of a person than those who are lucky enough to be born into money or have other social privileges that makes financial success more likely. Of course! It seems so obvious now.
What the fuck?