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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.



Graham Huff
Aug. 14th, 2012 02:09 am (UTC)
I've never watched game of thrones.
Sorry man, I didn't know who you are; I kind of stumbled across this and read what you wrote... I will now tune into your show as I'm already an HBO subscriber, but not into fantasy stuff. After reading this I will give it a try.

It hurts my feelings to live here in the South lately, there was a time (I'm 50) when it didn't seem to be so divided.

I feel that these "news" organizations are destroying our nation; idiots get their information from TV, people who want the truth dig for it, they go to several sources..not just one. Here, Fox News has evaporated the minds of the believers.

I was reading about the role religion played in the Civil War the other night and it struck me that the religious fervor that was present then has never left my people... my people WANT to believe things, they don't give two shits about conclusive facts that prove them wrong.

They're this way about Obama as well, their religious delusions coupled with what I thought was long ago buried racism is present, and there's no way it can be denied. This is 2012 and I'm saying this..how can that be?

I think the Republicans are a religion, not knocking all religions but in this case they're out of control with hate and latent racism. Sorry, I'm not a good writer.


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