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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 04:23 am (UTC)
Wow, as a Black Republican, I disagree with this totally.
I am an African American or Black Man as I like to call myself, I don't agree with GRRM'S sentiments at all.

I am a bible believing Christian, I am also a huge fan of GRRM'S "Song of Ice and Fire" series and of the "Game of Thrones" TV shows. While my religious and political views are probably completely on the opposite end of the spectrum from many in the literary and entertainment world, I just don't agree with the idea that my party is filled with "racist windbags."

I have experienced racism as many folks have in this nation as I believe racism is a human condition. I don't think it is racism for ID for voting. I do know the history of this nation as my relatives lived through segregation in the South were my family has been since the days of slavery.

My Grandparents lived through KKK raids so when I hear someone complain about the voting purges being done as being "racist" I don't agree.

Are they being done to gain political advantage? Yes, same as when the Democrats allow illegal immigrants and non citizens to vote. But to say that my entire party is filled with racists and oligarchs that sounds like the Democrats in my opinion.

I just don't like when rhetoric goes "Bill Maher" or "Michael Savage" but when we can talk, even when pissed off with some sense.

I do like Jimmy Carter, after all he gave us Eight Years of Ronald Reagan.
Gina Gambony
Aug. 14th, 2012 05:15 am (UTC)
Re: Wow, as a Black Republican, I disagree with this totally.
Even if it were true that democrats allow non-citizens to vote---I'd still pick the side who chose to enfranchise the masses over the side who chose to make the weak increasingly powerless.
But it's not true--unless you have some evidence of this?
Rusty Patti
Aug. 14th, 2012 02:18 pm (UTC)
Re: Wow, as a Black Republican, I disagree with this totally.
Kindly provide proof of "the Democrats allowing illegal immigrants and non citizens to vote."

And I predict history will not remember the Reagan years favorably.
Dan Kurtz
Aug. 14th, 2012 04:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Wow, as a Black Republican, I disagree with this totally.
You just mastered False Equivalency 101. The number of non-citizens and undocumented people who have voted is tiny. OTOH the number of eligible voters who lack ID numbers millions. It recalls the Monty Python sketch where they were hunting Mosquitos with a bazooka.


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