In their latest attempt to disenfranchise voters they disagree with, some Republicans — along with their Amen choir at Fox News — are suggesting that childless Americans don’t deserve to participate in the political process because they don’t “have a stake in the game” the way people with children do.
The idea of withholding voting rights from those without children was espoused earlier this week by Ohio Republican Senate candidate J.D. Vance when he told a conference on the Future of American Political Economy:
“Let’s give votes to all children in this country, but let’s give control over those votes to the parents of the children.”
That led Fox host Will Cain to remark:
“I think it’s an interesting idea. I’m into interesting ideas. Let’s think about it. Let’s talk about it. He’s saying childless leaders are making decisions that are short-term in mind, not focused on the long-term future health of this country because they don’t have a stake in the game. Parents have a stake in the game, they have children so give parents a bigger say.”
Co-host Pete Hegseth to note that such a plan would give fellow co-host Rachel Campos-Duffy nine votes because she has that many children. Campos-Duffy didn’t sound sold on that idea:
“I don’t know about that solution, that seems not feasible. But I will say that I agree with the premise of it, that it is absolutely true that people like [Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez], Pete Buttigieg — you can name the left-wing politicians, people who think that we should legalize marijuana because they don’t have kids and they don’t really have a stake in what that looks like.
“I agree with him 100% that they don’t have a stake in the game.”
Hegseth eagerly agreed with Campos-Duffy:
“That is looking at it through the lens of the actual solution, which is the family unit. So many ills that we have in our society stem from that breakdown. I agree with you. [It’s] not a feasible policy but what it is in principle is a reflection of the fact that — what Ronald Reagan said, freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.
“And if you’re Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — our favorite comrade — and you’ve said the world is going to end in 12 years, what do you care? It’s this idea of absolute pessimism that the world’s going to end and as a result, we’re the problem and don’t have kids.”
Campos-Duffy also said the choice was between hope and Marxism:
“Do you want to pass AOC’s America off to America or J.D. Vance’s?. American Marxists want to tear down the American family.”
If we’re going to deny those who don’t have children the right to vote, then they also shouldn’t have to pay taxes, because they use fewer government resources than those with children. Seems only fair to give them a financial break if we’re going to silence them politically.
Republicans won’t be happy until they manage to shut down everyone who disagrees with them and install their own savior, Donald Trump, as emperor for life.
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