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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. 14th, 2012 12:32 am (UTC)
Re: Voting is a RIGHT
You only need to be three things to be eligible to vote: A citizen, 18 years or over, and registered within your precinct - where you live.
The 2000 election came down to 380 votes....just saying
Aug. 14th, 2012 01:23 am (UTC)
The 2000 election came down to 380 vote
You're wrong.

The 200 election came down to 5 votes.

The five conservative members of the Supreme Court ordered the state of Florida to STOP COUNTING THE VOTES and gave the election to GW Bush.

Yeah that was surely in the spirit and letter of letting the voters decide. A SC decision that even declared that their decision was to never be used again in legal arguments.

Edited at 2012-08-14 01:25 am (UTC)
Quintin Steeves
Aug. 14th, 2012 08:40 pm (UTC)
Re: The 2000 election came down to 380 vote
Parrismch... using that arguement then the 33 states that have had reforendums against same sex marriage would be "Letting the voters decide" like you said?! right?! also the 2k elections is a perfect example of the Judges on the Supreme Court being human... the next example was their recent ruling on HR 3200... Nuff said.


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