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"Show Us Your Papers"

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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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Dmitry Roth
Aug. 14th, 2012 04:13 pm (UTC)
strongly disagree and you insult many Americans with your "teabagger" slur
i happen to be a big fan of your books and have read most of them, while i understand that people are entitled to their opinions i have a few gripes. Your use of the slur "teabgger" to describe Americans who are tired of a ever encroaching statist govt is extremely offensive. You seem to be concerned about an Americans inalienable right to freedom based off your aversion to a national i.d, yet you readily profess to support a president who is using ever more dictatorial and unconstitutional powers to force the encroachment of govt into our every day lives.

How can you claim to be for freedom and yet support a statist health care system that takes away an Individuals choice of service, where an unaccountable and unelected board of bureaucrats choose whether or not a life saving procedure is cost effective or not?. How can you support a president who is now simply issuing laws via executive fiat?. The new immigration law that Obama simply pronounced being a recent example. The direction that Obama wishes to go down is not one rooted in the American narrative, but from the tomes of Marx and Trotsky.

Furthermore the voting I.D issue goes both ways. The Obama administrations lawsuit in Ohio is meant to prevent active duty servicemen from being allowed to vote early, they overwhelmingly vote republican. This issue of voter I.D fraud is directly tied to ACORN, which submitted thousands of fraudulent registration forms in every state in which they were operating, the same ACORN that Obama both advocated and worked for as a "community organizer". Dead people, cartoon characters were among the small sample of people that ACORN signed up to vote. Acorn subsequently faced a litany of federal lawsuits and state investigations due to their actions. They have since been disbanded due to a recent sting operation where their operatives were eager to assist in underage prostitution operations. They have however, reformed under a different name.

For someone so astute at creating politically charged literature your support for 2 of the worst presidents in living memory is quite befuddling, Jimmy Carter? the man who ushered in stagflation and economic depression and who prances around the middle east shreiking about the evil Jews? cmon.... very disappointed in your worldview, hopefully this myopia won't carry over into your books...

grrm
Aug. 14th, 2012 05:11 pm (UTC)
Re: strongly disagree and you insult many Americans with your "teabagger" slur
Dmitry, you are entitled to your own opinions, but not to your own facts. Your post is full of falsehoods.

The stuff about ACORN? Total bullshit.

The stuff about the Obama justice department trying to prevent military voting? Completely false. Numerous other posters have refuted that in other posts here.

The stuff about the health care system? Distorted, false, without basis in fact. "Obamacare" is far from perfect -- we really need a single-payer system, like Canada, Australian, England, France, and the rest of the first world. But Obama's reforms will be a vast improvement over what we had, which was a disgrace.

Equating Obama with Trotsky? C'mon. Crap like that has no credibility whatsovere.
Jonathan M Osment
Aug. 14th, 2012 05:23 pm (UTC)
Re: strongly disagree and you insult many Americans with your "teabagger" slur
George, it seems to me that you call whatever you dont wish to believe "Crap" and readily accept what you do wish to believe.

I believe you have a severe confirmation bias which is preventing you from accepting inconvenient information. But go ahead, please write it off like you do everything else that doesnt fit the progressive narrative.
grrm
Aug. 14th, 2012 05:47 pm (UTC)
Re: strongly disagree and you insult many Americans with your "teabagger" slur
When someone compares Obama to Trotsky, "crap" is a very mild and generous response, and confirmation bias has nothing to do with it.

All the stuff about ACORN and military voting has been thoroughly refuted by many credible sources. AND has been hashed over in some detail by other posters here.
777dean777
Aug. 14th, 2012 10:02 pm (UTC)
Re: strongly disagree and you insult many Americans with your "teabagger" slur
How can you say his comments about ACORN are wrong? They have been charged and convicted of voter fraud. Offices of theirs have been closed. Where do you get your information from?

What is your complaint about requiring ID at the voting polls?
grrm
Aug. 14th, 2012 10:10 pm (UTC)
Re: strongly disagree and you insult many Americans with your "teabagger" slur
ACORN was destroyed by a deliberate campaign of lies and dirty tricks and misinformation. When the charges against them were investigated, almost all proved to be false.

Here, take a look at this:

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/06/15/preliminary-report-clears-acorn/

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