Paul Weyrich, considered by many to be the father of the religious right and one of the founders of modern conservatism, died today at the age of 66. Weyrich was a co-founder of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, and he’s also notable as a proponent of voter supression:
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.
My condolences to Mr. Weyrich’s family.
H/T to The Other Side.