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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.

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Mary Speer
Aug. 12th, 2012 04:46 am (UTC)
There were not thousands of dead people voting in 2008 or any other election. You have to have a voter registration card and you had to show some form of ID in the form of a Social Security card, utiltity bills, driver's license, etc. as well in order to vote. Show me one case of a dead person voting in 2008, besides the man who voted an absentee ballot but died before election day. You can't do it. And the idea that Obama or any of the Democrats are trying to keep soldiers from voting is a lie. If it were true, why would they be welcoming veterans and soldiers groups to file with them against the voter registration laws in Ohio and elsewhere?
All those fake names that were on Acorn registration lists? They didn't get voter registration cards, because county election clerks check those lists and verify the identity and address of the persons on there before they send them a voter registration card. Not only that, they aren't necessarily Acorn's fault, but the people that they hired to sign up voters. Acorn is only considered a Left-leaning organization because they were almost entirely black and blacks predominantly vote Democratic, although that's changing gradually, and Democrats are NOT Socialists. We're just not Fascists. Why are you swallowing all the lies that the far-right is putting out?

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