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By The Reverend Published: July 26, 2013

America pre-emptively attacks other nations now without those nations posing a threat to the U. S. Pre-emptive self-defense, we call it.

America pre-emptively drone strikes specific humans, no matter where in the world they are, or who they are, before those individuals have a chance to do harm to U.S. interests. Pre-emptive assassination powers, we call it.

Republican controlled states humiliate and harass women seeking to exercise their right to choose with pre-emptive and medically unnecessary ultrasounds and other invasive procedures. Although no medical professionals agree....Republicans argue the purpose is "to improve the safety of women."

Republican controlled states battle non-existent, in person, voter fraud by passing pre-emptive voter ID laws which seek to solve a problem which does not exist. Preserving the integrity of the electoral process, Republicans call it.

Immediately following John Robert's ruling declaring the age of voter discrimination over....a half dozen southern states, the very same states covered previously under pre-clearance rules of the Voting Rights Act,....began implementing extreme voter suppression laws previously rejected as discriminatory by the DOJ.

Apparently, North Carolina Republicans are now competing for 'most votes suppressed' in a former pre-clearance state. With last night's N. Carolina House vote, and if the state measure stands, the Tarheel State will undoubtedly be a leader in southern state vote suppression efforts. Bragging rights may be in order.

The radical nature of the details of North Carolina's pre-emptive and entirely unnecessary vote suppression bill will most definitely make the state the envy of other Republican-controlled, vote-suppression wannabe states.

....requires voters to present government-issued photo IDs at the polls and shortens early voting by a week, from 17 days to 10.

The measure also ends same-day registration, requiring voters to register, update their address or make any other needed changes at least 25 days ahead of the election. A popular high school civics program that registers tens of thousands of students to vote each year in advance of their 18th birthdays will be eliminated.

The bill also ends straight-ticket voting, which has been in place in the state since 1925.

Disclosure requirements intended to make clear who is underwriting campaign ads will be weakened and political parties would be enabled to rake in unlimited corporate donations. The cap on individual campaign donations will rise from $4,000 to $5,000.

What justification is offered by Republicans in defending such an anti-democratic vote suppression effort?

Republicans claimed the changes will restore faith in elections and prevent voter fraud, which they claim is endemic and undetected.

Ending same day voter registration, eliminating voter registration efforts, cutting one week from early voting days and demanding a photo ID to vote.....are all explained as efforts in 'restoring faith in elections and preventing voter fraud.'

The chances of in person, voter fraud happening are less than the chances a person will be struck by lightning. This Forbes writer calls GOP efforts to stop something which isn't happening, "A Massive, Anti-Democratic Deception."

Moreover....explain please how it is that cutting back 7 days of early voting in North Carolina, ending same day voter registration and stopping high school students from pre-registering to vote....."restores faith in elections."

No,....North Carolina Republicans, and Texas Republicans, and Florida Republicans and, and....are not trying to "restore faith in elections and prevent voter fraud"...in the same way that George W. Bush didn't attack Iraq to "spread freedom."

Here's what Republicans are really trying to do.....

Pennsylvania GOP Chairman, Robert Gleason last Wednesday....

He was asked if the attention generated by the new (voter ID) law, which wasn't in effect last November, had an effect on the election. "Yeah, I think a little bit. We probably had a better election. Think about this, we cut Obama by five percent, which was big. A lot of people lost sight of that. He won, he beat McCain by 10 percent, he only beat Romney by five percent. I think that probably voter ID helped a bit in that."

Gleason's words echoed similar words last summer offered up by Pennsylvania GOP House Majority Leader Mike Turzai.....

Turzai said Pennsylvania's voter ID law was "gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania, done."

How Republicans can publicly state that their vote-suppression efforts in numerous states are only attempts to "restore faith in elections and prevent voter fraud"....with a straight face.....is goddamn amazing.

What it should be called.....because in weaker moments, Republicans, themselves, admit it......is a conspiracy to suppress likely-Democratic votes and to limit the voting franchise for many potential voters in GOP-controlled states.

Next they'll be calling it "spreading freedom."

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