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JISHOU, HUNAN — A long time ago, only white, male property owners could vote. Then the property ownership rule was dropped, followed by the whites-only rule, followed by the men-only rule, followed by a reduction in the legal voting age to 18. So, in the USA, there is near universal suffrage, which most people would consider a really good thing.

Not Matthew Vadum of the oxymoronically named American Thinker blog. He believes we need to turn back the calendar a couple of centuries to those good old days when only rich white guys could vote. Or be President, I reckon.

Vadum says registering the poor to vote is un-American. Seriously. Because encouraging the poor to vote means they will vote for their own interests, unlike rich folk, who always vote for the poor’s interests.

Sayeth he:

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.

Ah, Obama the Boogeyman again. Reading further, you will find that Vadum manages to also connect (a la Glenn Beck) ACORN, Leon Trotsky, Nelson Rockefeller and George Romney with this blight called universal suffrage.

(For you youngsters, Rockefeller and Romney — that’s Mitt Romney’s dad — were a breed of Republican that is now nearing extinction … moderates. Vadum calls them “liberal Republicans.” I wonder about his take on Barry Goldwater.)

The comments are worse. Check this priceless piece of illogic from someone named pavan (What kinda name is that, anyway? Sounds east Indian to me.)

From when the Constitution was written until about 1850, only white male property owners could vote. After 1870, former slaves could vote. Then in 1920 we had woman suffrage. In the 1960s, it became illegal to require voters to be literate. The motor voter law was passed in 1995. In 2008 it became de facto legal for Black Panthers to intimidate voters at the polls. Is anyone noticing a trend here? 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.

And how did this steady expansion of voting rights happen, pavan? PEOPLE VOTED FOR IT! White guys let non-property owners vote, then they all let former slaves get the vote. Then, the men let the women vote. I tell you, it’s a fucking conspiracy, this whole voting thing!

America, I worry about you. But not for the same reasons that Vadum and pavan do.

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