Republicans don’t want you to vote

It’s no secret that Republicans don’t like democracy and don’t want anyone voting who doesn’t think exactly like them. Which is also the position of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

Glenn Ellmers, who squats in a rightwing think tank situated in California (photo, left), would go further and deny not only citizenship, but also human status, to anyone who isn’t a Trumper: “[M]ost people living in the United States today—certainly more than half—are not Americans in any meaningful sense of the term.”

He insinuates that if you’re not a Trumper, “you are a zombie or a human rodent.” Not surprisingly, some of those people call him a “fascist.” (Read story here.)

The National Review, if not the definitive voice of conservative intellectualism, at least is an influential one, although intellectually and civically it has slipped since the days of William J. Buckley. As a case in point, NR isn’t a fan of allowing American citizens to vote in their own country, either:

“Much of the discussion about proposed changes to voting laws backed by many Republicans and generally opposed by Democrats begs the question and simply asserts that having more people vote is, ceteris paribus, a good thing. Why should we believe that? Why shouldn’t we believe the opposite? That the republic would be better served by having fewer — but better — voters?”

(See article here.)

Which is beside the point, and a red herring, because voting is a right belonging to all of us, not a perk to be doled out by conservatives to their friends. The mere fact a leading conservative publication sees fit to put such sentiments in print is disturbing.

But let’s play with this for a moment. By no logic can it be plausibly argued that people who believe wild conspiracy theories, dismiss science, and engage in reckless conduct during a deadly pandemic are “better” voters. If you’re going to use stupidity as a criterion for kicking people off voting rolls, Trumpers would be the first to go. Who does that leave?


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