May 14, 2021 – Letters from an American


With the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, that argument increasingly fed the idea that Black and Brown people were lazy and wanted to receive government handouts rather than work. Businessmen and social traditionalists eager to get rid of the popular New Deal government told voters that government programs to help ordinary Americans were “socialism,” redistributing money from hardworking white people to lazy people of color. They talked of “makers” and “takers.”To purge the nation of socialism, then, and return it to the pre–New Deal government, they set out to limit voting. In 1980, Paul Weyrich, the co-founder of the Heritage Foundation that has designed much of the legislation currently being passed in Republican-dominated states, said “I don’t want everybody to vote….our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down.”

Source: May 14, 2021 – Letters from an American

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  1. Jamesrosskelly.com you never get mail.

    On Thu, May 20, 2021, 10:49 AM St. John One: One wrote:

    > James Ross Kelly posted: “With the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, > that argument increasingly fed the idea that Black and Brown people were > lazy and wanted to receive government handouts rather than work. > Businessmen and social traditionalists eager to get rid of the popula” >

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