Sunday, July 21, 2013

1920's Eugenics Poster Echos Today's GOP Talking Points

Regressives [aka Conservatives], wrong then, wrong now.
Conservatives, still wrong after all these years.

This U.S. eugenics poster advocates for the removal of genetic "defectives" such as the insane, "feeble-minded" and criminals, and supporting the selective breeding of "high-grade" individuals, circa 1926. 

Today the wording has changed but the regressive song remains the same:
Poor people are not poor because of a corrupt or rigged system, they are poor because they have it too good on welfare and are too lazy to work.
Back then the solution was to keep 'undesirables' from having kids. Today the solution is to kill them off with poverty and the lack of healthcare. In 2012, the GOP election talking point was that America is made up of makers and takers. Mitt Romney famously said in a hidden camera video that 47% of Americans don't pay any taxes. Tea Party members in congress continue to make the claim that we have high unemployment because people have it too good on welfare. All these talking points echo the 1926 American Eugenics movement's slogan: "Some people are born to be a burden on the rest of us". It is said that those that fail to learn history's lessons are doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past. If true this would account for regressive conservatives war on public education and science.


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