- Don’t let the Right takes yours away!
I will say that my big priority is making sure that as many people are participating in our democracy as possible. Some of these moves in some of the other states that we’ve seen try to make it tougher to vote, restricting ballot access, making it hard on seniors, making it hard on young people.
I think that’s a big mistake, and I have made sure that our Justice Department is taking a look at what’s being done across the country to ensure that people aren’t being denied access to the franchise.
And with those words, President Obama has officially slapped the GOP across the face in a challenge that will have the Right howling in protest.
For the last several months, we liberals have watched as Republican dominated State after Republican dominated State have passed law after law restricting the ability of people to vote. The excuse has always been: “Yaaargg Gurlke Widespread voter fraud! Snargle Barfle ACORN!!! Blarg Rawrrrr Illegal Immigrants!!”
Utter horseshit. As I do so enjoy pointing out to conservatives foolish enough to parrot Fox News on this topic, the Bush Administration spent five whole years investigating voter fraud. They got less than 100 convictions. Mind you, this is when the most notorious, crooked, corrupt and eeeeeevil group of all time was still stealing every election for the last 30 years. I speak of ACORN; scourge of freedom, democracy and puppies. American puppies, no less!
So the Republican White House with a Republican Congress at its beck and call couldn’t find the boogeyman they so desperately wanted to find. Hey! It’s just like WMDs!! We couldn’t find those either but that didn’t stop us from basing our foreign policy on it for a decade!
The fact that Republican efforts to “curb voter fraud” just happens to disproportionally keep Democratic voters from actually voting is just a happy coincidence, I’m sure.
Fortunately, the Department of Justice has final say on whether these laws violate the Voters Rights Act (which they do because that is the entire point of the laws). Expect there to be cries of “rigging the election!!”
Yes, Obama is rigging the election…by making sure people have the ability to legally vote. The louder the Right moans about this, the stronger the proof that the Right hates the concept of democracy and we should call them on it at every opportunity.
I know i certainly will! :)