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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.



Aug. 12th, 2012 04:15 am (UTC)
Both parties are controlled by the same vile conspirators at the roots. Both Presidential candidates seem more intent on appeasing the United Nations, Israel and foreign bankers than they do in upholding what made the USA a great nation.

The Republicans are not the "Tea Party" and the Tea Party is no longer a true reflection of its Libertarian/Constitutional roots either. Ron Paul was cheated starting in Iowa and it never got better. He will show up in Tampa purely as a last hurrah but he will never get the nomination and all Americans will be cheated once again out of the opportunity for real choice and a real honest President. It's what happened to Goldwater all over again.

This may be the first U.S. Presidential election that I do not vote in. I have contempt for both candidates and their respective Vice Presidents.

You should prepare yourself for much worse in the coming years, because with drones in the skies and TSA at not just airports, but bus and train stations and even high school dances, the foxes are truly in the hen house.

The War on Terror was never meant for the Middle East -- it was meant for us and now we're getting it with both barrels.
Neil Fox
Aug. 14th, 2012 02:34 am (UTC)
dude. goldwater?


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