Monday, October 27, 2008

"White People Shouldn't Be Allowed to Vote"

No fooling, somebody is saying this in print.
From the website of the Philadelphia Inquirer, a supposedly respectable newspaper, someone named Jonathan Valania says that "I am beginning to think the time has finally come to take the vote away from white people."
Exhibit A for this case is "the last eight years." According to Mr. Valania's interesting view of the world:
In 2000, Bush-Cheney stole the election, got us attacked, and then got us into two no-exit wars. Is not the repetition of the same behavior over and over again with the expectation of a different outcome the very definition of insanity? (It is, I looked it up.)

What a relief to know Mr. Valania looks things up.

Where to begin? Stealing the election ? What a crock. The Left gave stealing the 2000 election for Al Gore its best shot, honest, and has never been sane since -- as evidenced by the absurd and demented claim that the Bush administration "[g]ot us attacked" in 2001. No the administration never got us attacked, but it's sure ensured that plenty of the foreign enemies of this country have wound up stone-cold dead. Here's hoping they double the score before 20 January next.

But Mr. Valania's case is bigger. Exhibit B for Mr. Valania's Bill of Particulars justifying a purge of the voting rolls is "any given Sarah Palin rally." Nothing specific is adduced -- all Right Thinking People are just supposed to take it on faith in the New God Obama that Sarah Palin is beyond the pale. No wrong-thinking people should vote, and we have to suffer a Leftie elite telling us what to think and who to like.

But a few brave souls like John Murtha recognize our evil nature: according to Mr. Valania, "plenty of people in Pennsylvania" (Murtha and others have said) "just cannot bring themselves to pull the lever for a black man -- no matter what they tell pollsters." The problem is, as Mr. Valania so clearly sees, "[t]hese people are ruining things for the rest of us white people who are ready to move on."

Why is it racism not to want to pull the lever (or dimple the chad, or touch the screen) for Obama? Maybe the people in Pennsylvania that Representative Murtha and Mr. Valania are so upset with simply don't want taxes to go up, federal regulation of the economy to expand, free speech to be curtailed, and the wars to be lost? Nah, that's not the real truth, Mr. Valania discerns. White people (at least, those people who are "ruining things") are just racists, and places like Scranton, Allentown and Carlisle are going back "to being the long dark chicken dance of the national soul" before the media showed up. Whatever the Hell that means.

Anyway, Mr. Valania's solution for what ails us is to take the franchise away from white people. "And I'm sorry to say" Mr. Valania regretfully informs us ". . .it's going to have to include all white people, even those who would vote for Obama., because you can't just let some white people vote. That would be unfair." Good to know Mr. Valania is concerned with fairness. . .but he is, after all, a leftie. When the lefties throw us righties into camps, it will be done with the most rigorous fairness.

Back on that theme of insanity again, Mr. Valania tells us that we probably "either think I am joking or are calling me an elitist. I assure you I am neither." Not so fast though -- Mr. Valania covers himself in the very next sentence, assuring his readers that "OK, maybe a little of both."
See, if people take too much offense at what Mr. Valania really thinks of those of rubes in flyover land who don't believe that Bush-Cheney stole the 2000 election; don't think that the administration "got us attacked;" or, don't think Sarah Palin rallies are ipso facto Nazi gatherings -- Mr. Valania can quickly proclaim to all interested, with plenty of righteous indignation, that he was just joking.
Anyway, lets give Mr. Valania the benefit of the doubt and assume he's just joking. Now, I don't really believe that Mr. Valania really thinks he and his friends can take the franchise away from white people, and neither should you. Oh, the left these next few years may well do some things to make the choices of conservative voters increasingly meaningless: gerrymander incorrigible districts of voters out of existence; pin down conservatives with lawyers and fairness doctrines; hate speech legislation; a campaign of regulatory harassment of both small business and hostile taxpayers; targeted environmental regulation; and organized social and employment shunning. Conservatives and persons opposed to the New Regime are going to be increasingly marginalized. Nobody's votes are going to actually be taken away (not many anyway). But a whole lot of votes are not going to matter much either.
The loons are coming, people. I'm willing to accept Mr. Valania's limp assurance that he's joking, a little. But the total contempt of the Elect, Right-Thinking people for the rest of us should be obvious, and should give you pause before you drink the Kool-Aid they're offering you. Give these people half a chance and you won't recognize your country. What are you doing about it?
(Hat tip: National Review Online's "Campaign Spot.")

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