15 November 2011


I thought that the above slogan was simply a line from the excellent sitcom, The New Statesman, starring Rik Mayall as the comically odious Tory MP Alan B'stard. I was wrong (at least in its basic sentiments) 

My thanks to Steve Bates who blogs at Yellow Doggerel Something (formerly Yellow Doggerel Democrat but a Democrat no more ... not that he has moved rightwards)   rather the party has) for drawing my attention to this loathsome piece of shit written by right wing arsehole  Matthew Vadum 

His piece is titled Registering the Poor to Vote is Un-American Here are some excerpts:

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

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.  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.

Trotsky thought too many bureaucrats and middle-class people were involved in the Soviet Communist Party and that it was moving too slowly in its efforts to change that society.  He wanted more poor people in the party in order to overthrow Stalin's obstructionist bureaucracy and clear the way for "true" communism.

Stateside, Cloward and Piven wanted to use the "weight" of the poor to bring down American capitalism and democracy. These apostles of depravity proposed swamping the welfare rolls of states and localities by encouraging people to exercise their welfare "rights" by applying for public benefits. 

 The theory was that newly cash-strapped state and local governments would demand a bailout from Congress.  The fiscal rescue package would take the form of a European-style guaranteed annual income scheme that would drive America well down the road to full-blown socialism.

The Founders anticipated redistributionist attacks on the Constitution.  As Benjamin Franklin supposedly said, "When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic." (NB this appears nowhere in Franklin's writings so it is probably false)

Hmm, Way to go, Vadum!. Let's make sure we get the right (wing) people in power by disenfranchising the poor and unworthy. 

While we are at it why not disenfranchies all those uppity hispanics and blacks (Condi and Herman being designated honorary whites) and them durty libbruls too!

I wonder what sort of country the US of A would be if Vadum got his wish. I wonder if he would be whooping and hollering as his dick goes semi hard as the Army is ordered to mow down the angry poor....

Vadum is an idiotic prick.


Syncopated Eyeball said...

Bloody hell! A maniac! I imagine given half a chance he'd very easily be able to demonstrate megalomania.

jams o donnell said...

The man is a lunatic. Perhaps he could channel the spirit of Sir Joh for some tips on gerrymandering!

Syncopated Eyeball said...

Oh God! Don't remind me of that paternalistic old fart! If I remember correctly he advised Malcolm Fraser to not give people what they want, but what you know they need. I might have got that wrong - I try hard to erase the words of most politicians from my mind.... Nah, that sounds about right.

jams o donnell said...

Gha he was a vile old bastard wasn't he

Syncopated Eyeball said...

Aye! Malcolm Fraser, by the way, barely resembles his old Prime Ministerial self. It's quite amazing to hear him speak these days, he has so changed his views and attitudes that I rather like him. Sometimes people do change.

jams o donnell said...

Ah so the leopard can change his shorts! I am glad to hear that Syncy