Leftists double down on this idea when they support turning welfare offices into voter registration centers. It is a subversive, antisocial act, as I argued in my recent American Thinker op-ed, "Registering the Poor to Vote is Un-American."
That's why Richard Cloward, Frances Fox Piven, ACORN, and a host of other left-wing, Saul Alinsky-inspired community organizing outfits were so delighted with the Motor-Voter law signed into law in 1993 by President Bill Clinton. These activists wanted to encourage welfare dependency and grow government. Even worse, they wished to foment revolution, or more precisely, counter-revolution. They knew that getting welfare recipients to vote in great numbers was one way to stoke the flames.
In my op-ed I argued that it is destructive to register welfare recipients to vote so that they can vote themselves more government benefits. It is even worse that our tax dollars are used to register welfare recipients to vote while at welfare offices. It is a policy that would cause the Founding Fathers to roll over in their graves.
As I report in my book, Subversion Inc., Cloward and Piven, who were small-c communists (not "liberals" as many in the media would have you believe), said so fairly explicitly, or at least as clearly as verbose academics could. They said "massive numbers of new voters" had to be registered.
[E]nlisting millions of new and politicized voters is the way to create an electoral environment hospitable to fundamental change in American society. An enlarged and politicized electorate will sustain and encourage the movements in American society that are already working for the rights of women and minorities, for the protection of the social programs, and for transformation of foreign policy. Equally important, an enlarged and politicized electorate will foster and protect future mass movements from the bottom that the ongoing economic crisis is likely to generate, thus opening American politics to solutions to the economic crisis that express the interests of the lower strata of the population ... The objective is to accelerate the dealigning forces already at work in American politics, and to promote party realignment along class lines.
In other words, Cloward and Piven wanted to promote class warfare in order to tear asunder America as we know it. They wanted to use the "weight" of the poor to destroy the American constitutional republic. Encouraging those who live at the expense of others to vote for politicians who want to give them more unearned benefits is an excellent way to bring down the existing order.
Surely I cannot have been the first to point this out.
This is not a call to extinguish the voting rights of anybody, as Rick Hasen of Election Law Blog, and a chorus of shrieking leftists contend. This is a call for Americans to reconsider the wisdom of voter registration drives and registering welfare recipients to vote at welfare offices.
But leftists will continue to shriek. That's what they do best.
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America needs to know that ACORN is restructuring in time to help re-elect President Obama in 2012. Obama used to work for ACORN and represented the group in court as its lawyer. These radical leftists who use the brutal, in-your-face, pressure tactics of want to destroy America as we know it and will use any means to do it.