Paul Weyrich

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.


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