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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. 12th, 2012 04:44 pm (UTC)
As an european myself, i've always wonder on that anti-ID thing in the U.S. I can understand pretty well that the idea of freedom over anything else is something that lays very deep as a fundation pillar of the whole country, but lacking an ID makes very hard for the system to works properly, as in the case of polls. Having a free ID (zero cost for the citizen), with only basic data (name, birthdate, adress), not conected to any other private information and validated by a confiable entity (the goverment?) would makes the thing easier and cleaner. Of course, i guess the anti-ID thing is related with the idea of the evilness of the goverment. If you think that the goverment is gonna use you ID for tracking you with evil purposes (wich i don't think it's paranoid by the way), then of course, national ID would be a bad idea. Aynway, many people from outside perceives the USA poll system as not very solid. I think it dates from the 2001 election and the thing with the poll machines and the republican win in Florida, but anyway there are several things to improve... a friend studying a PhD in the USA, assures me that the could vote in two states on a national election because of lacking a national poll registry.
Jay W. Walker
Aug. 13th, 2012 08:56 pm (UTC)
Can't Vote in 2 States
Each state, district and precinct has a printed list of every registered voter. When the voter arrives at their polling place, they tell the voting volunteer their name and then they are asked to sign in the book so that they can compare with signature on file. You can't vote in another state because you are not registered in another state and you won't appear in the voter registry book in the other state. So your PhD candidate friend is misinformed because he/she, being European, has never voted in the States and doesn't know the process and is believing the claptrap that the republicans are handing out. Claptrap in this instance means lies.
Aug. 13th, 2012 10:28 pm (UTC)
So you're sitting there using your computer and its connection to most of the other computers in the world to say that you don't believe that the various computerized information about you isn't cross-indexed and correlated?
The government doesn't have to care what laws restrict its direct information gathering, it can buy whatever it wants wholesale from "private industry".

The Right's view of government and the Left's view of big business are both correct.
— Robert Anton "Bob" Wilson


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