GOP At Work Undermining Our Democracy in Coordinated Effort to Take Away Your Right to Vote!
In an attempt to deny President Obama a second term and in an effort to secure total GOP control of our federal government, Republican legislatures are pushing through laws in states across the country that make it more difficult for Americans to vote.
Most of these new laws require voters to bring official identification to the polls. It is estimated that more than 1 in 10 Americans lack the required ID, and thus would be denied their right to vote. And, as you can probably guess, most are these voters would be minorities and young people, who are likely Democratic Party supporters.
Having seen their old dirty tricks fail in 2008 with Obama’s election, it appears the GOP wants to go back to the good old days of 2000 and 2004 when they, and the Supreme Court majority, literally stole these elections, handing the presidency over to George W. Bush.
Now, with funding from those bad boy Koch brothers, Republicans are working hard to deviously take over full control of our country and, thus, put our lives in the hands of those lunatic Tea Party extremists.
A ‘must read’ article was just published by Rolling Stone. Written by Ari Berman and entitled, “The GOP War on Voting,” the article describes this GOP conspiracy to undermine America’s democracy.
Berman writes, “Just as Dixiecrats once used poll taxes and literacy tests to bar black Southerners from voting, a new crop of GOP governors and state legislators has passed a series of seemingly disconnected measures that could prevent millions of students, minorities, immigrants, ex-convicts and the elderly from casting ballots.”
He goes on, “Taken together, such measures could significantly dampen the Democratic turnout next year – perhaps enough to shift the outcome in favor of the GOP. “One of the most pervasive political movements going on outside Washington today is the disciplined, passionate, determined effort of Republican governors and legislators to keep most of you from voting next time,” Bill Clinton told a group of student activists in July. “Why is all of this going on? This is not rocket science. They are trying to make the 2012 electorate look more like the 2010 electorate than the 2008 electorate” – a reference to the dominance of the Tea Party last year, compared to the millions of students and minorities who turned out for Obama. “There has never been in my lifetime, since we got rid of the poll tax and all the Jim Crow burdens on voting, the determined effort to limit the franchise that we see today.” (Watch video below)
One example given of these new laws is in Texas, where under “emergency” legislation passed by the GOP-dominated legislature and signed by Gov. Rick Perry, a concealed-weapon permit is considered an acceptable ID but a student ID is not.
Paul Weyrich, who founded the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a conservative advocacy group that developed this GOP blue print to deny voting rights and funded in part by David and Charles Koch, the billionaire brothers who bankrolled the Tea Party, is crystal clear on the intent when he said, “I don’t want everybody to vote.” (Watch video below)
The diabolical GOP scheme must be recognized as a tremendous attack on our freedom and way of life and must be stopped. The article points out that the ACLU and other groups are challenging the new laws in court, and congressional Democrats have asked the Justice Department to use its authority to block or modify any of the measures that discriminate against minority voters.
But, more is needed. Read the article (click here), spread the word and get involved. Your life literally depends on it.