Wednesday, October 5, 2011

One man, one vote? Not such a popular idea for some on the right . . .

I know that it rankles some of my conservative friends when I generalize and broad brush paint conservatives as knuckle-dragging neanderthals. Obviously, not EVERY single conservative exhibits the traits of our cave dwelling ancestors, but it's equally obvious that a high percentage of their ranks most certainly do.

Take this guy for instance. GOP representative Steve King of Iowa. He continually gets re-elected to office even after making statements like this one:

KING: As I roll this thing back and I think of American history, there was a time in American history when you had to be a male property owner in order to vote. The reason for that was, because they wanted the people who voted — that set the public policy, that decided on the taxes and the spending — to have some skin in the game.

Now the way I see it, if you are in agreement with King, that male property owners (overwhelmingly white and wealthy mind you) are the only people who should have the right to vote in America, then you have no leg to stand on when I refer to you as a knuckle-dragging neanderthal.

And honestly -- tell me the teabaggers don't eat that shit up. And sadly they are completely oblivious to the reality that once the ruling elites start down the slippery slope of denying voting rights based on wealth, it's just a matter of time before the teanuts themselves are denied the same right and eventually America reverts back to it's 17th century origins of British monarchy-type rule where Lords and Nobles and royalty ruled with an iron fist over the non-land owning serfs.

And as for those dirty fucking hippies currently marching on Wall Street, and now in several other major cities, they are marching primarily to protest that type of wholesale destruction of Democracy. In fact, in my view, the Occupy Wall Street protesters have more in common with the original Boston Tea Party event and players than the current teabaggers do. Historian Benjamin Carp explains pretty clearly how that is so in this WaPo article published at the height of the tea party hysteria in 2009.

So, while my generalizations of the weak intellectual acumen of conservatives is frequently overly broad, it's not too far off the mark, particularly as it relates to their knowledge of the history of American democracy and the events which precipitated it, nurtured it and made it the foremost formidable and freest nation in the history of mankind. I do not feel compelled to apologize for or further expound upon those views.


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