December 04, 2010

Only property owners should vote?

Here's another example of how the conservative cry of "taking back the country" and "returning to the Constitution" is code for white supremacy:

Tea Party Nation President Says It ‘Makes A Lot Of Sense’ To Restrict Voting Only To Property OwnersEvery week, the Tea Party Nation hosts a weekly radio program, calling itself a “home for conservatives.” Two weeks ago, Tea Party Nation President Judson Phillips hosted the program and discussed changes that he felt should be made to voting rights in the United States.

PHILLIPS: The Founding Fathers originally said, they put certain restrictions on who gets the right to vote. It wasn’t you were just a citizen and you got to vote. Some of the restrictions, you know, you obviously would not think about today. But one of those was you had to be a property owner. And that makes a lot of sense, because if you’re a property owner you actually have a vested stake in the community. If you’re not a property owner, you know, I’m sorry but property owners have a little bit more of a vested interest in the community than non-property owners.
If you're not familiar with conservative efforts to disenfranchise blacks and other minorities, you can read about them here:

Disfranchisement after Reconstruction eraFrom 1890 to 1908, starting with Mississippi, Southern Democratic legislators created new constitutions with provisions for voter registration that effectively completed disfranchisement of most African Americans and many poor whites. They created a variety of barriers, including requirements for poll taxes, residency requirements, rule variations, literacy and understanding tests, that achieved power through selective application against minorities, or were particularly hard for the poor to fulfill.Comment:  Note that the land-owning provision would disenfranchise a million-plus Indians who don't own the reservation land they live on. Hence returning to the Constitution = disenfranchising minorities = maintaining white supremacy.

For more on the subject, see Conservatives Hate Wikileaks and Indians and Culture War Over Who's American.

Below:  "A white supremacist campaign poster, 1866."


Burt said...

It seems as if property owners and big business are already the only ones who's votes count because thats where America always ends up anyway.

Take it a step further and make only property owners pay taxes and serve in the military since they want full control over the decisions of this country and with that, we should return all properties back to original land owners for starters?

Montana said...

Judson Phillips is a fool, so all our military personnel, firemen, policemen and elderly who don’t own property can’t vote?

How about all people who have filed bankruptcy can’t vote (like Judson Phillips), or those you fail to answer questions about our country history can’t run for public office (like Sarah Palin or Christine O’donnell), how about that, please.