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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. 13th, 2012 03:15 am (UTC)
Wow! The vitriol out there is appalling! A lot of "they" and "them". Tsk! Tsk!

Regardless, good points on both sides as usual - but I have to go conservative this time. I truly am an independent.

Being from Chicago - I WISH someone would do something about voter ID - we really have too many dead people voting - seriously.

Also getting tired of people having excuse after excuse NOT to do something like be able to identify themselves. The bleeding hearts out there fall for it every time - must be that liberal guilt trip again.
No one is disenfranchising anyone - just asking for a little responsibility from people who would prefer not to have any.
Aug. 13th, 2012 01:41 pm (UTC)
Re: politics
Baloney burley8344 - I am from Chicago too and the myth that we have dead people voting is decades from reality. If you are a poor elderly person who has never had a car or a drivers license in the city you have no way to "prove" who you are. I suspect that you are from the suburbs and not the city. If you were you would a city person you would be able to envision the 80+ year old ladies and gentlemen who can barely make it to the polling place that I am talking about...
Aug. 13th, 2012 11:32 pm (UTC)
Re: politics
hey winter - born and raised on the South Side - worked for the Democrats in the 7th and 10th ward in my teens. I DO know what I'm talking about. It's not a mayoral thing it's a ward/precinct thing. So George no it's not mayor Daley of the past.
I know about all those little old ladies and men - I used to pick them up to take them to vote- Democratic of course.
Every election cycle we hear about "voter registration drives" - well don't they work? - when you register you get a card -that's all you need. What's the big deal. where are all of those "Community Organizers" anyway?


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