Paul Weyrich, a father of the right-wing movement and co-founder of the Heritage Foundation, doesn't want people to vote.
In 1980, he said: "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."
That is the Republican mantra since the 1970s and is in full force today: Suppress the vote because fewer voters means a better Republican chance to win.
This is why 275,000 people who voted in the last S.C. election may not be able to now. Republicans do not want the elderly, students, the poor and minorities to vote because they would lose elections.
So they push a bogus scare by distorting facts to convince the uninformed that there is a big problem with voter fraud when it is really infinitesimal. Actual voter fraud occurred in Florida in 2000 when Republican office holders stole the election and in Ohio in 2004 when voting machines were misplaced in Democratic-leaning precincts and 136,000 votes were not counted. That is the real fraud.
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