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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.



Daniel Colton
Aug. 13th, 2012 06:15 pm (UTC)
Disagree / Partial
There is a mixture in message here, I think. I am taking license to infer.
Disagreement with required ID.
Disagreement with the timing.
The timing can't be defended. With elections so close, efforts to target certain voting blocks is just obvious maliciousness.
But with the ID issue, I find that another can of worms. I'm for having a government ID be presented to vote. I get that some people are afraid that ID will grow into a tool that will get leveraged and used by an evil government. Ok, so lets make the ID simple/basic. No RFID's, innert paper with it's fancy water marks, etc.
If you're afraid you're giving up liberty and privacy by being required to have an ID then you obviously aren't weighing that fear against other very real fears. Just go ahead and leave the fraud door open on elections and you'll see that votes get cast in directions you don't agree with either. Now you've got law and leaders hijacked out from under you. And you let it happen.
Wave good-bye to your liberty.
Having a government ID in everyone's hands has pros and cons. I'm giving an anecdotal example of how everyone having an ID would protect at least one of our liberties. The preserved power of my one vote.


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