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There are ideas so bad that the best course of action is to ignore them.

And then there are ideas that are even worse and must be ridiculed to the point they’re never brought up again — or taken seriously by anyone, anywhere, ever.

This headline caught my eye. It was the headline that accompanied a Dec. 17 story over at The Nation.

“The votes of black Americans should count twice.”

That’s the headline.

“Vote reparations would empower us to replace oppressive institutions with life-affirming structures of equality,” said the subhead.

And the writer wastes no time setting the tone of the story:

“Black votes in this country are worth less than white votes.”

Ironically, the story highlights one large reason people doubt the election results — Joe Biden won the Electoral College because of black voters in Atlanta, Detroit, Milwaukee and Philadelphia (all while underperforming with the same voters pretty much everywhere else).

The author also took aim at the Electoral College because Wyoming is 93 percent white and has three electors. Meanwhile, the author writes, Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District is 58 percent black and has no dedicated electors or senators.

Because of this, black votes mean less than white votes.

And guess what — this racist system is set up “by design.”

“The Constitution’s framers set up the Electoral College to protect the interests of slave states,” the author wrote.

One solution? Counting ballots cast by black residents twice. And, throw in the votes of Native Americans too.

Vote reparations, the author says, would be a “simple, low-cost way to begin to make amends.”

This is a horrible idea. It would only lead to more division, rather than any hint of unity.

It makes no sense. It is a solution in search of a problem. One person, one vote.

That’s how it is supposed to be here in America.

“The Declaration of Independence and Constitution are clearly in sync with the civil rights ideals as gloriously led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” said Congressman Steve King. “But, affirmative action itself breeds entitlement and resentment. Black votes counting twice stars a race war.”

Powerful statement by the outgoing Congressman. Packed full of truth too.

Author: Jacob Hall