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"Show Us Your Papers"

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.



Peter Steele
Aug. 12th, 2012 03:49 am (UTC)
Voter Suppression
You mention Republicans and voter suppression in Ohio in the same sentence. Interesting, since it's Obama that's currently suing to suppress military voting in Ohio.

But hey, those are mostly Republican votes, so it's okay, right?

Loveyour books, not so much your politics.
Aug. 12th, 2012 04:19 am (UTC)
Re: Voter Suppression
Are you even aware of what the county election boards have done throughout your state, to extend voting hours in Republican counties and shrink them in Democratic counties?

Let's hear a little outrage. Same rules and same hours for all -- it doesn't get any more basic than that, does it?
Kevin Smith
Aug. 12th, 2012 04:24 am (UTC)
Re: Voter Suppression
Actually, the Obama campaign isn't trying to suppress a single military vote in Ohio. In their lawsuit, they specifically ask that early voting on the three days before the election be restored for everybody, not that it be taken away from military personnel. The military voter suppression spin is an outright lie concocted by Breitbart.com and other right-wing outlets.
Aug. 12th, 2012 09:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Voter Suppression
And the voting demographics of the military have been shifting as well. Most military members actually seem to refrain from discussing politics together because it can no longer be assumed that everyone in the room is a Republican. 'Course that's just my personal anectdata from the 20+ years I've been in a military family.
Aug. 13th, 2012 03:23 am (UTC)
Re: Voter Suppression
peeter steele you fool-of-a-Took! EVERYONE in Ohio had the option to vote early up until the crazy teabaggers in state congress took your private citizen rights away! Obama is suing Ohio not to take away the military's early voting but *to give it back to everyone*! think about this if you love the military you love veterans don't you? the republican state officials took early voting away from Vet.
Aug. 13th, 2012 08:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Voter Suppression
This is a falsehood. And I still remember 2004,when Ohio's governor did things like put only 2 voting booths in large minority voting districts to make it harder to vote in those districts. Funny how nearly all evidence of voter suppression comes from the Republican side.


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