Via Talking Points Memo:
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.
This moron writes for the ironically named American Thinker. This is actually a somewhat natural outgrowth of Burkean conservatism but is still despicable and just plain weird. To think that America was founded on the idea of only letting those deemed intelligent or worthy enough vote is pretty outrageous and, most importantly, wrong. Though this was used to great effect in the South to exclude many black Americans from voting it is pretty clearly antithetical to the spirit of the United States of America as embodied by the always worth-quoting preamble to the Constitution:
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence,promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.