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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 01:59 am (UTC)
Re: Republican Tactics
Hmmm....you gotta be from DuPage County. Knew you weren't a city person. Ryan's agenda is reported everywhere - from Real Clear Politics to even your beloved Fox News. I don't watch MSNBC either, all of these news outlets have their own agenda. Ryan has been very clear on his economic plan and it is cut, cut, cut. I will say that he was a bad choice and now the Republicans have no chance of winning in the fall, so that's fine by me. The voter fraud tactics won't work. But of course you are entitled to your opinion.
Aug. 14th, 2012 07:23 am (UTC)
Re: Republican Tactics
Sorry Winter - kinda new to this - must have not sent my earlier message - can't seem to find it in the thread.

anyway - born and Raised on the South side of the city - worked for the 7th and 10th Democratic ward orgs in my teens. Drove some of those 80 year olds to vote - that's what good local politicians did back then.
What good do all of these voter registration drives do - if there are STILL so many people out there that can't vote? I went door to door with precinct captains to get that stuff done. Where are all of the community organizers? Once you register - you get an ID card - it's a no brainer. There should be no problem.

regarding ryan - not overly familiar .....yet. I do know about his budget proposals tho- bi-partisan to some extent were they not?
We do need to cut the budget - but that can't be done until the economy is on its' feet.

Truly- the situation with Illinois debt - is a microcosm of what is happening on the federal level. Has to be fixed. Tax all the 1%'s you want - it won't make a dent. Illegal immigrants drive down wages - and thus take decent paying jobs away. Go after the businesses who hire them. I would come to America too - if I could make 3 times as much as in my own country. Prices would go up, but it's one or the other.
also - not quite my beloved Fox - just a different point of view on things - like you and I have between each other. It's going to be a tough race - down to the wire I believe. Obama does have a problem - the economy - I don't think he'll be able to avoid discussing it much longer.


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