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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 06:55 am (UTC)
Re: Republican Tactics
First off - not a Republican idealogue.
I just happen to agree with the Republicans on the voting issue.
2nd - I'd like to know who did the study you referenced.
3rd - Ann Coulter is an idiot.
4th - Just started reading Truman by David McCullough great admirer of Harry.
5th - Are you going to honestly tell me that the "non-Fox" news orgs don't play to the fear and hatreds of the left? "they're going to abolish Medicare-Social Security - no more funding for Planned Parenthood, yadda" It cuts both ways - always has always will.
6th - With the way Fox is scrutinized by the rest of the media I'm 100% positive if they were to err on a story it would be ALL OVER the place. So c'mon your reasoning on that point was pretty lame.
7th - Time - Newsweek - sorry that's all. Conservative publications are a little too much for me - they are more one-sided than Time and Newsweek.
8th - Agree that SS and Medicare are needed and deserved for those who paid in - and should not be gutted. No argument there.
9th - If you have a link for that CBO analysis - that would be great.
10th- Yes I'm a Christian - but do not belong to any Church - don't need anyone to tell me what's right and wrong - I can do that myself. It's cheaper too. Religious fanatics of ANY religion worry me - they do not think logically at all times, and they all wind up being hypocrites.
11th - tough election coming - hopefully they can talk to the issues instead of personal attacks. We'll see.


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