Thinking about the thin state of democracy. Here’s what Paul Weyrich* told a meeting of the religious right in Dallas in 1980 about the power of suppressin­­g voter turnouts:

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 goes up as the voting populace goes down.

*Weyrich founded the Heritage Foundation and ALEC, where Republican legislator­s learn to write laws to benefit their corporate benefactor­s like the private prison industry.

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