Senseless About The Census

Attention unhinged wingnuts: Obama’s Census illegally invades your privacy!

That’s a paranoid lie of course, but one that was started by Michele Bachmann and her cohorts. Ironically, it’s been reducing U.S. Census compliance to the detriment of the very people who are bitching about it. Here’s Philly Inq’s Dick Polman:

In the kingdom of ignorance, this story reigns:

Anti-government conservatives – apparently clueless about the history of the country they want to “take back,” and willfully believing the Pinocchio whoppers circulated via spam mail, talk radio, and YouTube – are currently engaged in a fascinating form of protest. Millions are refusing to fill out their 2010 Census forms.


The trend is so alarming that one Republican congressman, Patrick McHenry of North Carolina, felt compelled yesterday to plead with his right-wing brethren to fill out the forms; as he wrote on, the popular conservative site, “If we do not respond, we will not be counted, and if we are not counted, then we effectively will not exist.”

Most notably, he urged his readers not to believe “the blatant misinformation” that has been circulated by “otherwise well-meaning conservatives.” Which was a polite way of saying, “Don’t listen to the liars.”

That brings me to my latest limerick:

Senseless About The Census
By Madeleine Begun Kane

Crazed conservative protestors scream:
We must “take back” our nation’s their theme.
Self-destructively rash,
They treat Census like trash.
Good luck with their blockheaded scheme!

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6 Responses to “Senseless About The Census”

  1. Linkmeister says:

    And even better, up till a few days ago their RNC buddies were happily sending out direct mail fund requests that looked loosely like the Census document!

    The RNC mails fake docs
    while its constituents squawk
    The Census it seems
    is a useful scheme
    Until someone says “it’s a crock!”

  2. Mad Kane says:

    Right, and the most recent one had a sex-line phone number instead of the RNC’s. Talk about a screwup!

  3. The BoBo says:

    If anyone refuses to complete the census – that is against Federal law. However, we are only required to answer question 1 – how many people live in your household? You need not answer any question beyond that according to Article 1, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution. I already filled mine out and sent it in – but – like I said – I only told them how many live in my house. The government does not need any of the other information. The SOLE purpose of the census is for enumeration for the purpose of apportionment of representation in Congress. I’m with you with regards to those others who are refusing to complete the census – it could mess up the total count for representation in government which could be detrimental.

  4. Nate Levin says:

    And I suppose BoBo has an LLM in constitutional law?!?….

  5. madkane says:

    LOL Nate. I have a firm policy of not getting into legal arguments in my blog comments. I figure if I’m going to use my J.D., I want to be paid for it. :)

  6. The BoBo says:

    Nate – don’t need a degree in law to be able to read the U.S. should actually read it some time. Besides, given the fact that I read and interpret federal law for a living – I do indeed believe I have the expertise and ability to comment on the Constitution. Besides – our founding fathers were not all lawyers either when it was written.