Matthew Vadum doesn’t think poor Americans should vote:
“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.”
This is what’s behind attempts by Republicans to pass voter ID laws and restrict or even eliminate early voting in North Carolina and a slew of other states nationwide — not concern about voter fraud, which is what many conservatives who support these laws are claiming.
And then there’s this Los Angeles Times op-ed by Charlotte Allen, who writes for National Review among other places. “Politics and Religion Can Mix,” she declares, and then proceeds to dismiss concerns expressed by liberals and other supporters of the First Amendment about the growing influence of Christian Dominionist ideology in mainstream Republican political circles:
Every time a Republican candidate for high office surfaces who is also a dedicated Christian, the left warns in apocalyptic tones that if you vote for him, America will sink into a “theocracy.” Long ago these fear-mongers warned us about Ronald Reagan. Then it was George W. Bush, and after that, Sarah Palin. Now it’s Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry. Elect Perry or Bachmann, this year’s warnings go, and make way for “Jesusland” — a country in which adulterers will be stoned, creationism taught in the schools and gay people sent to reorientation therapy.
You may wonder what on Earth “dominionism” is. That’s because the word wasn’t coined by dominionists (partly because it’s unclear whether there actually are any) but by writers who worry about dominionism. The word derives from a passage in the Book of Genesis in which God gives Adam and Eve “dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the Earth.” It’s a stretch from there to the idea that the Christian right has a secret plan to take over America, but plenty among the paranoid intelligentsia have been willing to make that stretch.
Well, actually, creationism IS already taught in many school districts, there are countless individuals calling themselves “therapists” who claim to be able to ‘pray away the gay’ (one of whom happens to be Michele Bachmann’s husband, Marcus Bachmann), and the Christians-only public rally organized and attended by Texas Gov. Rick Perry was paid for with the hard-earned dollars of all Texans — including adherents of other religions, and/or no religion.
These are the real threats to Americans’ freedom that we need to remain eternally vigilant about — not radical Islamists in foreign countries. Pogo’s words still ring true: “We have seen the enemy, and he (or she) is us.”