Letter: The suppression of the vote
“Now many of our Christians have what I call the goo-goo syndrome — good government. They want everybody to vote. I don’t want everybody to vote. Elections are not won by a majority of people, they never have been from the beginning of our country and they are not now. As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down.” So said Paul Wayrich to a meeting of the religious right in 1981 as he expressed his dream of suppressing progressive votes. Wayrich was born in Racine, Wis., in 1942 and went to the University of Wisconsin where he participated in the activities of the Young Republicans. In 1964 he worked on the Goldwater campaign. Through his work as a reporter he became acquainted with an aide of Coors of the Coors brewing family. With the Coors money, Wayrich was a co-founder of the Heritage Foundation whose purpose was research and conservative policies. (Romneycare came from the think tank of Heritage.) Heritage is now under direction of former senator Jim DeMint who brought us the government shutdown this October.
Wayrich was also a founder of the American Legislative Exchange Council which was formed to put conservative legislators together with representatives from big corporations. ALEC has given us the Stand Your Ground laws, as well as many of the laws which have filled our prisons to overflowing. Many of the ID requirements for the various states have come from ALEC.
With the aid of the five conservative justices who declared that corporations are people and that money is speech, our elections have been put up for sale. The final blow from the Supreme Court was striking down the section of the voting act.
Wayrich died in 2008 but his dream of suppressing the vote of the opposition is coming true. Just look at Texas and North Carolina if you have any doubts about that!
Barbara M. Edwards