You are viewing grrm

Previous Entry | Next Entry

"Show Us Your Papers"

angry
I am way too busy these days for long political rants.

But I would be remiss if I do not at least make passing mention of how depressed, disgusted, and, yes, angry I've become as I watch the ongoing attempts at voter suppression in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Iowa, and other states where Republicans and their Teabagger allies control key seats of power.

It is one thing to attempt to win elections. But trying to do so by denying the most basic and important right of any American citizen to hundreds and thousands of people, on entirely spurious grounds... that goes beyond reprehensible. That is despicable.

It would really be nice if there were still some Republicans of conscience out there who would stand up and loudly denounce these efforts, a few men of honor and integrity for whom "win the election" does not "win the election at any cost." There were once many Republicans I admired, even I disagreed with them: men like Everett Dirksen, Clifford Case, Henry Cabot Lodge, William Scranton... yes, even Barry Goldwater, conservative as he is. I do not believe for a moment that Goldwater would have approved of this, any more than Robert A. Heinlein would have. They were conservatives, but they were not bigots, nor racists, nor corrupt. The Vote Suppressors have far more in common with Lester Maddox, George Wallace, John Stennis, and their ilk than they do with their distinguished GOP forebears.

The people behind these efforts at disenfranchising large groups of voters (the young, the old, the black, the brown) are not Republicans, since clearly they have scant regard for our republic or its values. They are oligarchs and racists clad in the skins of dead elephants.

And don't tell me they are libertarians either. No true libertarians would ever support a culture where citizens must "show their papers" to vote or travel. That's a hallmark of a police state, not a free country.


TUESDAY ADDENDUM: Okay, this has been running several days now, has been featured on HUFFINGTON POST and ABC news, referenced on Stephanie Miller, and no doubt countless other people. We have had four hundred messages, and I think everyone has had their say, and everything that needs to be said has been said. Generally eight or ten times. There are plenty of links and references in the comment threads for those who would like to know more about these voter suppression efforts. If you don't want to dig through the links, start with the Brennan Center for Justice and get the facts.

There's no sense in letting this spin on in circles forever. I am locking comments. Back to Westeros and worldcon and similar subjects, boys and girls.

Thanks for listening.

Tags:

Comments

con_grazia
Aug. 11th, 2012 11:52 pm (UTC)
I lived in Montreal during the martial law crisis/event of the '70s, and the only thing missing this time around are the tanks on every corner.

I've been living in the States for many years and am disgusted with what I am seeing the Republicans trying to do (or should I say destroy, like pouty little children) today. I'm very thankful I have retained my Canadian citizenship.
Craig Chilton
Aug. 14th, 2012 08:15 pm (UTC)
Canada is VASTLY Superior to the USA in Granting Civil & Human Rights
My real name is Craig Chilton. I live in Evansdale, Iowa. My e-mail address is xanadupublishing@yahoo.com. So -- I am NOT posting anonymously!!

UNLIKE the USA (with the exception of a handful of states), Canada believes in and supports civil and human rights, so is a FAR better country to live in. Northern Europe is 'way ahead of the USA as well.

Here in the USA, one of our two major parties is INFESTED with RRR cultists (the [IR]-Religious Radical Right bigots) who are DEDICATED, 24/7, to hatefully and irrationally destroying personal liberties and rights of tens of millions of people. The USSR under Gorby (but not under Stalin) was literally better, in terms of respecting human rights, than today's USA is. By all means, DO retain your citizenship in CIVILIZED Canada!

Profile

Spain
grrm
George R.R. Martin
George R. R. Martin

Latest Month

September 2014
S M T W T F S
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
282930    

Tags

Page Summary

Powered by LiveJournal.com
Designed by Lilia Ahner