Sunday, November 24, 2013

Infamous GOP Wars: Really, Honest, Cross My Heart

This Seems to be the #1 Priority for the Grand Old Party
(every vote should and must count - it's your voice)

The GOP hates to hear anyone talk about their wars: “War on Women; War on Minorities; War on Seniors; War on College Students; War on Poor People;” etc., etc., ad infinitum. Sadly and factually, those things are true. The GOP efforts and legislative record and attempts prove those facts. The GOP clearly loves America (if you believe them when they say it), but just as clearly their actions show they dislike a lot of Americans.

I have posted extensively about their “War on the Voters” (voter suppression by any other name) as reflected in this series of Blogs listed below. I will continue to harp about those nasty efforts with every breath I take. Today's post comes from this fine article and update here from Zach Roth at MSNBC. I want to emphasize these portions from the article:

•  Working ballot by ballot, county by county, the Republican Party is attempting to alter voting laws in the biggest and most important swing states in the country in hopes of carving out a sweeping electoral advantage for years to come. Changes already on the books or in bills before state legislatures would make voting harder, create longer lines, and threaten to disenfranchise millions of voters from Ohio to Florida, Pennsylvania to Wisconsin, Georgia to Arizona and Texas.

•  This is not what election experts predicted after 2012, when the GOP’s voter suppression attempts backfired. Some laws were blocked by the courts. Still, restrictive legislation did not halt record turnout by black and Latino voters. Non-white voters made up a larger-than-ever share of the electorate last fall, and gave eight in 10 votes to President Obama.

•  After the GOP’s 2012 loss, some prominent Republicans urged their party to woo, not alienate, the growing minority electorate: 

1.  In May, Ohio’s Republican secretary of state, Jon Husted — no voting-rights crusader — slammed the “hyperbole” over voter fraud, acknowledging that it’s not widespread. Republican officials in Arizona and Colorado pointed to an epidemic of illegal immigrant voting, but recent reviews suggested the phenomenon is nearly non-existent in both states. 

2.  Last month, Judge Richard Posner, who sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, said he’d erred when he voted in 2007 to uphold an Indiana voter ID law in a crucial case that smoothed the legal path for similar measures to be enacted. In a new book, Posner wrote that such laws are “now widely regarded as a means of voter suppression,” something that hadn’t been clear because the impact of the laws hadn’t yet been felt.

•  The GOP campaign has been three-pronged: (1) muscling tough new laws through state Republican-controlled legislatures; (2) using state-level executive power to change voting rules; and (3) fighting in the courts to defend harsh existing measuresThe changes are designed to affect local, state, and national races in favor of Republican candidates at every level.

•  In the south, the effort has been aided by Shelby County v. Holder, the Supreme Court decision in June that weakened the Voting Rights Act. But it’s also going strong in states that were unaffected by the ruling.

Continue this story at the link above.

My extensive list of Blog posts related to this subject follow:

Here is one excellent example of an elderly voter hampered in her effort to vote (there are hundreds if not thousands of other examples that show the impact on Vets, College Students, and many other Americans):

Thanks for stopping by. This is a very critical issue for all of us. It is not solely for select groups of people that the GOP prefers. The right to vote is for every American. It is the most-fundamental right of all. That is the right to vote and choose the kind of government we want — not what kind of government others tell us they think we need. Join the fight to preserve this right.

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