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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.



Jordan Gould
Aug. 14th, 2012 09:14 pm (UTC)
George I feel sorry for you because arguing with ignorance is like trying to get a cat to talk. I am an educated person I know more on this issue than most people here I also happen to live in Florida. I could go on about how Rick Scott is currently violating the voting rights act or the numerous ways this violates countless laws, but who am I? just a person on the internet.

People here they attack GRRM for stating the facts as he sees them, asking for proof while showing anecdotes or what have you. So to them I say this: this topic was discussed at length on the Diane Rehm show on monday June 11 2012. This is an npr show 1 hour in length where the topic was voter suppression in the 2012 election. The three guest who talked for the full hour were Wendy Weiser director, Democracy Program, Brennan Center for Justice,
Hans Von Spakovsky senior legal fellow, Heritage Foundation and manager of Civil Justice Reform Initiative and
Doug Chapin director, Electionline.org at the University of Minnesota. These experts have more education and knowledge on this issue than anyone posting on this board they also span from both sides of the isle. Their conclusion was that voter fraud is not an issue in the 2012 election and these efforts are a violation of the voting rights act and constitute voter suppression. Don't take my word for it, this is an npr show, everyone has access to it thanks to efforts on the left and not the right. Please educate yourselves with real sources spanning the isles before speaking out against GRRM. Because his views are very much in line with the leading experts regarding this issue. And to those trolls who will scoff at this as liberal propaganda because it aired on npr.. really? the Heritage foundation is liberal now, where is the logic in that?


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