Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Republicon War on Representative Democracy

Sticking a flag pin on your lapel doesn’t make you a patriot. It’s what lies beneath in your heart that matters. And with Friday’s appeals court ruling imposing the GOPster’s voter suppression scheme on the Badgered state, the scary war on representative democracy that lies at the heart of the Republicon Party is laid bare. But lying, manipulating, gerrymandering, voter suppression and Blitz Gezetz (lightning law) are the means this minority party needs to obtain its ends. I say minority because that is who they now represent, a very small but increasingly wealthy and powerful minority. The Republicon Party has abandoned their belief in representative democracy and local control. They believe only in wealth and power and the related heresies, that money is speech and corporations are people and should write our laws. If the Boston tea party happened today the Republicons would side with the East India Company.

When Robin Vos gerrymandered Wisconsin, he drew the 21st Senate district just for Van Wanggaard, with the district line running right down the side of his block, thus choosing Wanggaard’s voters for him, instead of the other way around. Vanny must be a very special boy to deserve such treatment. Scott Walker used blitz gezetz by the surprise introduction of Act 10 on a Friday afternoon, when all eyes were turned toward the weekend, with the plan to ram it through the inconvenient formality of public hearings and get it passed the following Thursday, before the citizenry would have a chance to consider it and react.
But their attack on voting rights is an extra special betrayal of our Republic. Armed with laws written in secret, by global corporations at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) Republicons all across the country, including those in the Badgered state have moved to advance their hidden agenda, because everything the Cons do has a hidden agenda, EVERYTHING! Their voter suppression agenda is based on a wild conspiracy theory about massive voter fraud, committed on a perennial basis by busloads of brown people. The mechanics of this conspiracy are so ridiculously improbable that you'd have to be completely divorced from critical thinking to swallow it. Just how foolish does one need to be? Let's examine. If one believes that:

Every election year brown people coordinate getting the forged documents needed to register at the polls and travel all over your state committing multiple counts of voter impersonation fraud for democrats and never get caught, infiltrated or have someone spill the beans, one might be foolish enough to vote in Republicons (FEVIR).

Fraudsters never run into poll workers who know they don't live at the addresses they’re attempting to use or who know the real voter in whose name they're attempting to vote, never try to vote under the name of someone who has already voted or that the real voter never shows up later to find that someone has already voted in their name, one might be FEVIRish.

Brown people who are transported to the polls in vans must not be legitimate voters. And people who traditionally vote at rates lower than the general population would be motivated to risk a felony conviction with no chance of direct personal gain to get a job for someone they don't know personally and with no way of knowing if their effort is even needed to win or if it will be enough to be successful, one might be FEVIRish.

The few people who vote while on probation or parole would be identified and stopped by voter ID, one might be FEVIRish.

DMVs across your state have convenient hours and locations with available public transportation and that getting to the DMV to get a photo ID is easily done by the working poor or elderly without a car, one might be FEVIRish.

Everyone lives like you do and has or needs a driver’s license or photo ID and one is so special that it might be one’s personal vote, out of millions, that might be cancelled and that justifies putting road blocks in front of over 300,000 of our fellow citizen’s right to cast their vote, one might be FEVIRish!

The Republicon Party wouldn't trumpet the news all over the media if in fact they were ever able to catch the supposed perpetrators and expose this massive scheme and the reason they have never offered a reward for the exposure of voter impersonation fraud conspiracies is because they just don't have the money, one might be FEVIRish.

Photo ID is about election integrity and not voter suppression,
 the Republicon Party leadership actually believes in freedom and the wild conspiracy theory that they're foisting on us, one is definitely FEVIRish.

Interfering with the right of citizens to legitimately cast their vote isn't just down right Un-American, one is in a complete stupor!


Sean Cranley said...
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Sean Cranley said...

corrected version, sorry:

Oh and if one buy's the absurdity that even one instance of voter impersonation fraud is too many and justifies this scheme one should get their head examined. This is NOT a legitimate part of our legal system and never has been.

Surely any death by gun shot is more egregious an incident than one case of voter fraud, be it accidental or on purpose. Therefore, applying the Republicon brand of "logic" exemplified above, all firearms would be outlawed. Yet no reasonable person is calling for that.

Application of the same logic would require that speed limits be set a 5 mph to preclude ANY death and injury due to auto accidents.

One bank robbery is clearly too many right? Therefore, a perimeter must be established around all banks, the entry into which will require a strip search of all persons.

I could go on providing examples of the folly foisted by the Cult of Con on the uncritical thinker by this particular form of GOPropaganda. But I feel that I've sufficiently laid bare its "merits".

Thank you for your time, attention and application of logic and critical thinking.

Sean Cranley said...

There are over 300,000 citizens in Wisconsin right now who do not have the proper ID needed to vote under the GOPster Voter Suppression law. If those people were even able to get to the DMVs in the next several weeks with all the required documentation needed to get their ID, the DMVs would have to process well over 6,000 applications per DAY! Their system would crash. AND then those IDs would have to be made and shipped to the voter in time for the election.

Then there are the absentee ballots that have already been mailed that need to be squared away. Make no mistake about it, Wisconsinites are being disenfranchised right NOW, by three wingnut Judicial Hacktivists trying to deliver the Badgered state for Scott Walker.

Furthermore, there is a principle in our legal system called proportionality. The response to a problem should be proportional to the harm caused or potentially caused. For example, we do not execute people for shoplifting. Denying thousands of Americans their hard won right to vote to stop a very very few inconsequential shits from happening fails the test of proportionality completely!

Citizen Racine said...

Chech out the article on the front page of the journal times on October 18. 2800 people signed up for rental assistance and no one had a problem coming up with a government ID. Not a single one!! Aren't these the so called disenfranchised that you always talk about????

Sean Cranley said...

Obviously not, since they had government ID's, most of which were presumably driver's licenses. Your anecdotal evidence does not stand up.

Just because you have trouble paying your rent doesn't mean you don't drive. But you may have household members who do not drive.

Furthermore, if you knew you needed an ID to get the rental assistance and didn't have one, why would you show up to apply? You wouldn't, you'd self-select yourself out of the applicants or send a family member who did have one. Consequently, the sample you've selected to base your argument on is hardly a representative sample of a segment of the population that would include a significant number of people without ID's, in fact quite the opposite. And therefore, your argument is totally flawed.

There are approximately 300,000 Wisconsin citizens who are eligible to vote who DO NOT have government ID's, These include retirees, college students, and people who don't drive. That is a FACT.

What is also a fact is that you have not taken on the highly logical and fact-based argument that I have constructed in this post, which demonstrates why the Republicon push for voter ID is not warranted, is based on a ridiculous conspiracy theory, is really intended to suppress the vote and is just damn down right traitorously un-patriotic. If you are able to provide a logical and fact-based counter argument to any of the points I've raised, please do so.

Sean Cranley said...

Well well, another Cult of Con indoctrinant incapable of defending their "Thoughts".