Restricting voters from voting is unAmerican. When will Americans get a clue and stand up to any politician that doesn’t make it easier, not harder, for Americans to vote? We already allow lies on radio, distortions of the truth in the media, why do Americans allow their politicians to hinder the process of voting? Or, by using our military, and our patriotic feelings of connection, to allow them to hinder any American. Republicans regularly denounce when Democrats work to protect the military, but regularly use the military to bolster their political strategies.
Case in point, Romney this week. http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/romney-says-obama-lawsuit-blocks-ohio-military-voters-002013009–abc-news-politics.html
The military, and their families, should not be used to shape voting laws in any state. If the military receives a benefit, I am sure they would want every American to have access to that same benefit. Especially one so critical to the democratic process and ideals they defend with their lives.
This voter fraud strategy that has swept Republican strong holds is a thinly veiled attempt for Republicans to maintain stronger holds on areas that are seeing more and more diverse communities that will ultimately reduce their political power. This voting limitation strategy of Republicans will win, in the short term, because Americans simply do not understand how seriously terrible this strategy is to our independence. Ultimately, this type of strategy worked for decades and led to civil rights wars across our country, which included police actions, terrorism, national marches and assasinations in the 1960s.
Romney should be ashamed of using this poorly veiled attempt at limiting new voters from participating in elections. Yet, as cocky as many Republicans are at dictating laws on religion, women’s health, and how people should access health care, they must not read very much history about this nation’s horrible treatment of minorities and the terrible consequences of that treatment. The mistreated in this country have a way of uniting a majority of Americans to recognize the error of its ways and lead the majority back to Fairness, Mercy, and Community.
The news media should be ashamed for promoting the biased headline suggesting Romney is protecting th military. Romney is using the military benefit in the Voter Elimination Act in Ohio to accompany the implementation of a law that would provide special benefits to the military, while eliminating that precious right for everyone else.
When are Americans going to recognize the terrible impact of this national Republican strategy to eliminate a complete community from participation in one of our most dear traditions. Until the last decade, I thought diverse voices in the political process we all held so dear. Hence the reason we cherish political prisoners suffering abroad. Yet, in the last decade, we have defended torture, elimination of due process, and now voting is in jeopardy.
It is Nasty Politics, and it is going to effect you, personally. No matter which party, this is simply bad, bad, terribly bad policy – and every American should vote out a politician who thinks this is acceptable policy. Eliminate the black vote, the latino vote, the LGBT vote, the young vote, even seniors, but certainly you won’t be affected. Without an entire community’s participation in the electoral process, we are left with out a fair process where democracy has a chance to thrive. Eliminating or restricting the vote leads a democracy to an Oligarchy or a quasi-dictatorship with internal terrorism issues. Restricting the voting process creates opportunities for internal injustice and actions outside the law by those who become disenfranchised.
Voting Restrictive States minimize the importance of voting. It suggests that voting doesn’t matter to Americans. Yet, these policies create an America that is less than. When you create hurdles to the voting process, you cheapen the process. You communicate a special worth to some, while creating inconvenience and confusion for others. It creates an America that is less that is truly could be.
These policies cheapen my voice, hurt my belief in democracy, and raise concerns that we are no better than the system in Iran where politicians control the voting process.
Be prepared when you are signled out because if you endorse this strategy, you are worse than a terrorist. Terrorists attack and create havoc, hurting those who are uninvolved or seen as victims. When you endorse this type of policy, you are actively engaged in destroying democracy. And, ultimately, this policy will affect you. Political power swings from right to left. Worry when you aren’t on the current popular side of this particular policy.
If this is your politician peddling restrictions in voting for your community, understand that devil would sell your soul for power, any day. Vote them out, no matter the party.