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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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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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