Tuesday, March 08, 2011

It Ain't Democracy Until I Say It's Democracy

We're coming to you today from the Democratic People's Republic of America here in the marbled halls of IM Central where we don't have a president for life, but as soon as we get rid of the black guy we may look into it--that is if there are any states left in the union by then.

It seems the Teabaggers have discovered a problem with the voting laws.
New Hampshire's new Republican state House speaker is pretty clear about what he thinks of college kids and how they vote. They're "foolish," Speaker William O'Brien said in a recent speech to a tea party group. New Hampshire House Republicans are pushing for new laws that would prohibit many college students from voting in the state - and effectively keep some from voting at all.
Hey, wait a minute there Speaker O'Brien. "Foolish" people are probably a big part of your constituency, no? How else do you explain your election?  After all, you told everyone that you were putting jobs, economy and taxpayers at the forefront of your agenda, and what's the first thing you do? Try to disenfranchise a whole class of voters. Seems like the people who voted for you may have been a little foolish to take you at your word. Besides, what did the kids ever do to you?
"Voting as a liberal. That's what kids do," he added, his comments taped by a state Democratic Party staffer and posted on YouTube. Students lack "life experience," and "they just vote their feelings."
Oh. Well, you've got us there Mr. Speaker. This whole democracy thing would be a lot easier to manage if people who didn't agree with you weren't allowed to vote. That must be what Jefferson meant when he said, "Dissent is the highest form of patriotism."No wait. That's not the quote we were looking for. How about, "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be."No? Let's try, "I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of Constitutional power."

Yeah, that's the ticket.


Anonymous said...

I would like to know why all the `irish and `italians and NRA and Tea Party have a problem with "ree speech?
What's THEIR problem?

scripto said...

"They're "foolish," Speaker William O'Brien said in a recent speech to a tea party group"

Those kids are foolish. What with their readin' and learnin' and all. First order of business, make sure the electorate doesn't wise up and toss us out next election cycle.