Voter Suppression and Intimidation is anti-American

Posted by on Oct 3, 2012 in Local Issues, Politics, Social Issues | 0 comments

I wasn’t going to do another blog about how voter suppression, voter intimidation and voter fraud is anti-American.  I thought that was understood.  I thought that Americans knew that our country was founded upon the principle of a government of the people, by the people and for the people.  I thought, I naively believed that people knew that each and every citizens right to vote was the most sacred and unassailable right we as citizens possess   I know that some people abdicate that right but that is their choice.  I blogged about a couple of instances to shine a light on what I thought were isolated incidents of over zealous fanatics.  What I am seeing in recent days is that this is a concerted, systematic and well planned assault on our rights as citizens.  As such it is a nefarious assault on our Democracy and on America herself.

To wit:

http://news360.com/#article/155320894?cluster=53563387&category=1

“The battle over voting rights in the November presidential election now swings to  South Carolina , following the decision by the  Pennsylvania  courts on Tuesday to delay implementation of a voter ID requirement in that state.

All eyes are now on the legal tussle between the department of justice and South Carolina, where probably the last voter ID law will be decided before election day on 6 November.

Last year South Carolina became one of at least 34 states to introduce strict laws that require voters to present photo identification at polling stations – one of a swathe of measures attacking voting rights that swept across the US this election cycle.

South Carolina’s law was blocked, however, by the Obama administration last June.

The department of justice wielded its powers under section 5 of the 1965 voting rights act – a safeguard introduced after desegregation in the deep south to prevent designated areas from changing voting procedures without federal government approval in advance.

The blocking power was designed consciously to counter the old Jim Crow laws of the south, where African Americans were routinely denied the right to vote on spurious technical grounds.”

To see the self named Tea Party engaging in this kind of behavior gives proof to the accusation that they are simply the KKK of the 21st century.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/10/09/1024510/-The-Tea-Party-and-the-KKK

“The Klan of the 1920′s, whether misguided or not, was a populace movement that was about defending the ‘American Way of Life’. The movement lost its impetus during the Great Depression when we were all suffering, White, Black, Gentile and Jew. It was all but gone by the start of the Second World War when real patriotism held the day. The Tea Party is about the most privileged 1% enlisting scarred White citizens with the same populous themes that motivated the second Klan. They appeal to the fears of immigration from our southern border, threats against the Christian religion and patriotism. But the goal is not protecting or defending the ‘American Way of Life’, or surely not helping your neighbors, it is about suppressing the 99% so that the 1% can maintain their bastion of privilege and wealth. The Tea Party is neither populist nor noble. It is the crass manipulation of people’s fears.”

 

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/10/03/944751/mississippi-voter-id-law-on-hold-until-after-election-day/

“Mississippi voters will not need to show ID at the polls this election, as the state’s voter ID law has beenput on hold until after the election, when the DOJ can review the law. Mississippi, as a region with a history of discrimination, must get changes to its election law “pre-cleared” by the Department of Justice under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. The DOJ has requested more information to review the law, including a copy of data supporting the state’s assertion that the law does not disenfranchise minorities. Texas’ voter ID law was struck down earlier this summer due to its failure to prove it would not disenfranchise minorities.”

And this one article also mentions Texas’ voter suppression attempt too.  So that’s four already that I can point to.  There is also shenanagins by the  members of the Tea Party itself who, in the face of the DOJ actually upholding the laws of our nation, have decided to personally and individually engage in voter intimidation. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/22/opinion/voter-harassment-circa-2012.html?_r=0

“In an ostensible hunt for voter fraud, a Tea Party group, True the Vote, descends on a largely minority precinct and combs the registration records for the slightest misspelling or address error. It uses this information to challenge voters at the polls, and though almost every challenge is baseless, the arguments and delays frustrate those in line and reduce turnout.

The thing that’s different from the days of overt discrimination is the phony pretext of combating voter fraud. Voter identity fraud is all but nonexistent, but the assertion that it might exist is used as an excuse to reduce the political rights of minorities, the poor, students, older Americans and other groups that tend to vote Democratic.”

This is an assault on the American way of elected government.  This is not the work of patriots who want to see America strong and proud.  This is the treachery of a group of zealots who don’t care what they do to America as long as their corporate overlords gain and maintain power.   The Tea Party is no grass roots movement, it is the brain child of the Koch brothers, Dick Armeyand Rupert Murdoch.  Vile human beings.  http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/29/opinion/29rich.html

“ David Koch, widely celebrated for his cultural philanthropy, is not merely another rich conservative Republican but the founder of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, which, as Mayer writes with some understatement, “has worked closely with the Tea Party since the movement’s inception.”

“The other major sponsor of the Tea Party movement is Dick Armey’s FreedomWorks, which, like Americans for Prosperity, is promoting events in Washington this weekend. Under its original name, Citizens for a Sound Economy, FreedomWorks received $12 million of its own from Koch family foundations. Using tax records, Mayer found that Koch-controlled foundations gave out $196 million from 1998 to 2008, much of it to conservative causes and institutions. That figure doesn’t include $50 million in Koch Industries lobbying and $4.8 million in campaign contributions by its political action committee, putting it first among energy company peers like Exxon Mobil and Chevron. Since tax law permits anonymous personal donations to nonprofit political groups, these figures may understate the case. The Kochs surely match the in-kind donations the Tea Party receives in free promotion 24/7 from Murdoch’s Fox News, where both Beck and Palin are on the payroll.”

The Tea Party isn’t a grass roots organization.  It’s the manipulative hand of the likes of Rupert Murdoch, who owns Fox News (surprise!) and the Koch brothers.  They are evil men who don’t care about America.  They are so obscenely wealthy that they couldn’t spend all they have in a hundred lifetimes but  so bereft of that rarefied thing we call a soul that what they have isn’t enough and they are willing to destroy America to get more.

What’s truly frightening are all of the people who believe them, who ignore any fact or truth that doesn’t feed their paranoia and who should and do know better.  Shame on them.  The people who fall for the fear mongering and the hate mongering know better.  They know it’s wrong.  The choice to believe the lies is just that:  a choice.

An example of the lies, hysteria and fear mongering is easy to come by but this one seems particularly succinct in demonstrating the vileness of the lies that are told without shame:  http://thinkprogress.org/election/2012/09/29/930821/florida-republican-party-volunteer-tells-senior-citizens-obama-is-a-muslim-who-will-get-rid-of-your-medicare/

“Well think really heard, you all sound like senior citizens, no? …. Yea, you don’t want Obama, you don’t want Obama because he’ll get rid of your Medicare. You might as well say goodbye to it. … Yea, and I don’t know if you have done any research on Obama or not, but he is a Muslim. He has got a socialistic view on the government, economy, the whole nine yards. If he had his way, we would be a socialistic country. …. Pay attention to Fox News. If you can get out and watch that movie 2016, do so, it has a lot of really good information. Just really read the newspapers and Fox News will help you.”

Just march to Rupert Murdoch’s tune tea partiers.  You know him?  The scandal beset owner of News Corp who had his employees hacking into private citizens cell phones.  That Rupert Murdoch.  Yeah, he also owns Fox News.  There’s a shocker.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/02/world/europe/murdoch-hacking-scandal-to-be-examined-by-british-parliamentary-panel.html?pagewanted=all

“The parliamentary report, issued Tuesday, found that three senior Murdoch executives misled Parliament in testimony. It also alleges that the company sought to cover up widespread phone hacking that Mr. Murdoch’s News of the World, a tabloid newspaper now shut down, used to gather information about politicians, celebrities and other people in the news.”

He had employees hacking cell phones of politicians in Britain   You think he isn’t having employees doing that here?  Well maybe they don’t need to here since Fox News won that lawsuit in Florida allowing them to flat out lie and call it news.

“Fox lawyers argued it was their first amendment right to report false information. In a six-page written decision, the Court of Appeals decided the FCC’s position against news distortion is only a “policy,” not a “law, rule, or regulation.”

So, Fox and the other gladiatorical cable news channels were given the okay to legally lie right around the time of the Iraq War’s birth – when media lies coincidentally hit a peak in both frequency and severity.”

http://www.philly2philly.com/politics_community/politics_community_articles/2009/6/29/4854/fox_news_wins_lawsuit_misinform_public

That article was written in 2009 and I would wager that the media lies, especially from the likes of Fox and its affiliates have far and away surpassed the peak of frequency and severity that occurred before the Iraq war.  So look at the evidence.  Murdoch funds the tea party who assimilates the GOP.  So are we surprised when GOP volunteers outright lie to the elderly about Obama?  I’m not.  What surprises me are all the able bodied people who swallow the lies without question.  It’s taken me less than half an hour to put together all of the sources for this blog.  That tells me that it’s not all that difficult to find reputable news sources and check facts.

But I digress.  Back to voter suppression which is about the most anti-American thing someone can do.

How about this little gem:  http://thinkprogress.org/election/2012/10/01/935451/florida-congressman-demands-bipartisan-investigation-of-gop-voter-registration-fraud-scandal/

“Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) wrote Monday in a letter to Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R):

In light of the large and apparently growing voter fraud scandal engulfing the Republican Party of Florida, I urge you to immediately appoint a bipartisan task force to investigate the accusations and ensure that the integrity of our voting rolls will not be compromised by Strategic Allied Consulting’s deliberately fraudulent voter registration operations. I also urge you to ensure that that false registrations submitted by Strategic Allied Consulting do not remain on our rolls, and that you immediately investigative whether any employees involved in this scandal are still working for the Republican Party to register voters in Florida”

 

Right, he sent a letter to Florida governor Rick Scott, the grand pooh bah of voter suppression.  The man who keeps insisting on purging voter rolls of people who statistically mostly vote Democratically or are Independent.  According to the numbers less than 16% of the names on the list were registered Republicans.   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/12/florida-voter-purge-rick-scott_n_1879515.html

Of course this is spawned by hatred.  Hatred of immigrants, hatred of blacks, Latinos and other foreigners.  That’s really why they’re doing it.  It all dovetails together.  It’s all part of a tapestry of intimidation and suppression.  Make the non-white male portion of the population afraid to vote.  Question their citizenship, show up at the polls to challenge them and do these things at every level from individuals to governors.  I hope that the people who are being targeted by these despicable acts have the courage to stand against their oppressors.  I understand it is scary but I hope they don’t let themselves be intimidated because if this works this time it’ll only be worse next time.

 

 

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