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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.

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drhorrible12
Aug. 14th, 2012 09:16 am (UTC)
You need to stop quoting fake news like Fox, it only makes you look, shall we say, woefully uninformed. According to the National Republican Lawyers Association, a Republican organization that has every reason to overinflate their numbers, there have only been 340 cases of voter fraud in the entirety of the United States over the past 10 years (including voter registration fraud, which is way different from actual voter fraud). Think about that for a second and then look at what you posted.

Republicans know exactly what they are doing by forcing voters to get IDs and they know exactly who it hurts (hint hint, it's not Richie Rich or even Average Joe, but anyone who struggles to make ends meet on a fixed income will not be able to vote).

Case in point, the Republicans did not push for the same stringent demands of absantee voters. Do you know why this is? It's because Republicans by and large vote absantee and by putting the same demands on absantee voters would hurt themselves. This is not about protecting the sanctity of voting and preventing voter fraud. This is about disenfranchising poor voters who would vote Democrat.

You might want to look into getting your news from somewhere else.
Quintin Steeves
Aug. 14th, 2012 08:43 pm (UTC)
Craig.. then how will one prove they are who they say they are, with out ID?

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