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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. 14th, 2012 02:41 am (UTC)
Republicans are the enemies from within
For all their flag waving, Republicans hate America. Don’t get me wrong… They like the LAND that comprises America for whatever natural resources can wrested from the ground, profited from, and discarded without care. The unfortunate rubes born on that land are merely tolerated – for the time being. Due to the system of government our Founding Fathers entrusted to us, Republicans have no choice but pretend they are working for these useful idiots – until they can actually permanently eliminate the “problem” altogether by somehow denying them the right to vote – and they’re working on it.

Paul Weyrich, the “father” of the right-wing movement, co-founder of the Heritage Foundation, The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the Moral Majority and other Plutocratic organizations famously spoke to a bunch of Republican (phony) Christians and admitted that Republicans don't want people to vote. He said, "Now many of our Christians have what I call the goo-goo syndrome — good government. They want everybody to vote. I don’t want everybody to vote. Elections are not won by a majority of people, they never have been from the beginning of our country and they are not now. As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down.”

Having nothing legitimate to offer working people, Republicans understand quite plainly that their leverage during election season goes down as the voting populace goes up.

Since the late 1860′s, when the Republican Party hired themselves out to the Railroad Tycoons in order to turn our government into a mere appendage of corporate affairs, Republicans have engaged in a class war against the working people of this nation.

They are the true enemies from within, sporting their (Made in China) American Flag lapel pins as they purposefully drag us back to the very system our founders fought a revolution to escape - namely, one where the rich own and run everything and everyone else know their (natural) "place" as they await their reward in Heaven. This is why they blanket the nation with Faux News propaganda and lies, smash down the barriers between church and state, destroy unions, and dismantle our education system. The Texas Republican Platform actually states they are AGAINST "Critical Thinking Skills!" GOOGLE IT!

Republicans need dumb, easily-manipulated, compliant serfs - NOT an educated, empowered, and economically vibrant middle class. THAT kind of middle class is much too "uppity." They must be relegated to PERMANENT MINORITY STATUS - as they were during the 50 years of American history known as "The Great Prosperity."

P.S. ANY working class person who votes for a Republican is nothing less than a useful idiot for the plutocracy - whose moral failings (racism, homophobia, fear of "other," ignorance of history/reality) makes them the willing dupes in their own demise.
Aug. 14th, 2012 08:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Republicans are the enemies from within
Very well stated, my friend.
Neville Ross
Aug. 14th, 2012 09:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Republicans are the enemies from within
Agree wholeheartedly with this post.


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