The Trump administration is now targeting political opponents. They are specifically targeting American citizens living in “urban areas” (that’s code for black and brown people) who used their constitutional right and legally voted against him. (source)
Ever since Barack Obama was elected in 2008, it has been the committed position of the Republican Party to suppress the franchise among those people to whom the Republican party cannot appeal. It has done so by promulgating the myth of massive voter fraud in the face of all the available evidence, because it knows it can convince its base of pale mouth breathers of just about anything.
Between the years 2000-2010 (from reputable sources):
47,000 number of reported UFO sightings.
441 number of Americans killed by lightning
13 number of documented in-person voter impersonations.
The recent spate of Republican voter suppression laws put on the books across the country is the most serious attempt to restrict American democracy since southern Democrats used poll taxes and literacy tests. What the GOP is doing today is just the updated version of an old tale.
A GOP-appointed federal judge in DC recently struck down Alabama’s voter restriction law. Other judges will hear other cases as (hopefully) the Obama Justice Department brings lawsuits, though Republicans and their media allies will cry “politics!” at every one.
Judges, the majority of whom have been appointed by Republican presidents over the years, will have to step up and defend a democracy’s most sacred birthright. Some will and some will not; the hope is the system as a whole will do the right thing. While jingoists regularly praise the longevity and stability of our democracy, the truth is… it is fragile. Always has been and always will be.
The Democratic Party is suing Trump, state GOP officials and campaign surrogate Roger Stone for alleged voter intimidation tactics in four separate states, in an effort to end poll-watching programs that may be a form of illegal racial intimidation. They specifically accused Trump of violating the Voter Rights Act and Ku Klux Klan Act.
Koch Brothers Among U.S. Billionaires Pressuring Thousands of Employees to Vote GOP on Election Day
In These Times’ Mike Elk on Democracy Now talking about his new story on how corporations like Koch Industries are now legally allowed to pressure their workers to adopt their political views at the ballot box because of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision.
If you want to vote in Florida, you need photo ID.
This is what it takes to get it, thanks to laws passed by Republicans in 2010.
My 75-year-old mother has had a driver’s license in Florida since 1972. In order to keep it, she had to bring in a certified copy of her 1966 marriage license or her 1984 divorce decree, as well as the other requirements in sections 1, 2, and 3 above.
If you are not a homeowner, not the primary name on the rental agreement, not a vehicle owner, not insured, not in school, or if you have EVER changed your name (that’s 90% of the women here who have ever been married or divorced) you have to do a lot more to prove you are a “real” enough person to vote.
It’s almost like rich, white American-born men have much easier access to the means of influencing politics. Huh.
“If voting really changed anything they’d make it illegal”
Yes, either that or they’d try to outlaw it in predominantly minority areas for black people by legislating massively suppressive voter id laws since they can’t just murder us outright anymore like they did with james cheney, michael schwerner, and andrew goodman who were trying to do voter registration drives for black ppl in the south. other than all that you’re exactly right 😒
When it comes to shootings in schools, or increased gun safety, or a rational debate about guns in America, the Right Wing reflexively says 'there is nothing we can do'. When it comes to non-existent voter fraud, the Right Wing will attack and take away Constitutional rights to vote in order to be proactive.
Conservatives want the Constitution to be inconsistent when it suits their illegal activities and biased attacks on the rights of people who tend to not vote Republican.
There was great truth in the stern message President Obama delivered Friday about Republican voter-suppression efforts around the country. These measures are pernicious and partisan. They do further separate rich from poor, whites from minorities, state from state in this country. And they are based upon the demonstrably false idea that voter fraud by citizens is such a pervasive problem that it only can be thwarted by making it more difficult for already the most marginalized citizens to exercise their right to vote.
“The stark, simple truth is this: The right to vote is threatened today in a way that it has not been since the Voting Rights Act became law nearly five decades ago,” Obama told Al Sharpton’s National Action Network in New York. “Across the country, Republicans have led efforts to pass laws making it harder, not easier, for people to vote,” he said, relating anecdotes of voters turned away because they didn’t have the right identification or because they needed a passport or birth certificate to register.“
The president should be saying these things now. This fight is essential to our democracy, especially in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United and McCutcheon rulings. The idea that the Court’s five conservatives would within 10 months make it far easier for rich people to influence politics and far more difficult for poor people to cast a ballot is an affront to what we teach our kids about civics and the Constitution. We don’t teach them that you have a right to vote only if you can afford to drive.
But if the president is going to change the voting-rights debate, if he is going to win the argument he evidently feels strongly about making, he is going to have to preach to more than the converted. And few groups today are more converted on the perils of voter suppression today than NAN. By taking on the topic in New York with Sharpton, Obama made precisely the right speech to precisely the wrong crowd.
Hi Artielu. I'm a friendly stalker of your blog. I've always really appreciated your thoughts on CS and on politics. I'm a Californian that voted for and donated to Hillary Clinton. I'm bereft & enraged that our president-elect is Donald Trump. If one more pundit says something about the "stunning" election results I might scream. It's not stunning. A sunset is stunning. It's horrifying and dismaying. If you'd please dispense any words of comfort you have about all this, I'd appreciate it alot.
Hi friendly stalker buddy,
Thanks for your note. I appreciate your interest in my opinions. I know I’ve been really MIA on Tumblr this past month so thanks for sticking around anyway. I hope you see this.
As you know, I’m also a Californian who voted for and donated to Clinton. I have merchandise with her logo. I too am bereft. I was enraged to a large extent but have started moving through, and then regressing back in, the cycle of grief. Yet fucking again, my candidate won the popular vote but lost the electoral college, due in no small part to gerrymandered districts and Republican voter suppression efforts targeted at minorities.
Also, it turns out that white working class people are really fucking angry about the changing economy and their relative (un)importance in it, but they sure as hell remember how to vote.
I’m not going to talk about semantics really because if the word “stunning” bothers you, that’s ok. I will note that the phrase “stunning upset” is one that has been historically used in electoral politics, not unique to this election. But you have a right to your feelings.