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Taking Back Country Includes Restricting Right To Vote

By The Reverend Published: April 12, 2014

Cutting taxes and regulations on billionaires, we're told, will result in trickle-down prosperity for everybody.

State laws roadblocking a woman's access to reproductive care including access to contraception and abortion services, we're told, is all about guaranteeing the health safety of women.

Siphoning funds from public school systems and diverting those funds to private, for profit or religious schools, we're told, is all about offering parents choice.

We're told a lot of things by Republican officials and conservative ideologues desperate to remain relevant in an American society quickly passing them by. Oftentimes, however, what we're told by Republican officials is a reason or justification for cutting taxes, or limiting a woman's access to reproductive healthcare, or challenging public school systems.....is, at best, a diversionary tactic intended to mislead. Fig leaves meant to cover their ugly partisan nakedness.

This is true, in spades, when it comes to Republican efforts to suppress voting. Republicans know full well that if all registered voters came out on every election day to cast their votes.....that the GOP would always be in the minority, almost everywhere. More Americans lean Democratic in the U.S. than Republican. Democratic policies are favored over Republican policies on virtually every issue.

Because all that is true, Republicans....in their desperation, or "weakness"....have set about to solve a problem that doesn't exist.....stopping in person voter fraud. Again, Republicans don't say they are purposely suppressing likely-Democratic votes to try to remain competitive when red state after red state passes strict new voter ID laws, eliminates early voting days and hours, eliminates same-day registration and Sunday voting. Oh, no. They say they are protecting and securing the integrity of the vote.

But Republicans, like I mentioned, say a lot of things.

Yesterday, President Obama had a few things to say about GOP efforts in 34 states to suppress likely-Democratic votes. This line is exceptionally accurate....

“The real voter fraud is people who try to deny our rights by making bogus arguments about voter fraud,” he said to applause from the crowd.

Randomness being what it is, a person has a higher percentage chance of being struck by lightning.....on several separate occasions....than there are percentage chances of voter fraud occurring in the U.S. The chance for voter fraud in the U.S. is .00002%.

However, "real" attempts to commit voter fraud do exist....and those attempts have been reported in many states. But it is Republicans and conservatives who are perpetrating that "real" voter fraud when they make "arguments about voter fraud"....which, when made into state law, "deny" voting rights to likely-Democratic voters.

Ohio Republicans, for example, have been attempting to commit voter fraud with their numerous legislative attacks masquerading as solutions to non-existent voter fraud.

Ohio Republicans are not Lone Rangers either....

“The right to vote is threatened today in a way that it has not since nearly five decades ago. Across the country, Republicans have led efforts to pass laws making it harder, not easier, for people to vote,” Obama said.

Yes, Republicans TELL us they are guarding the health safety of women when they pass state laws limiting a woman's access to reproductive clinics, doctors and hospitals. Republicans TELL us they are trying to grow the overall economy when they advocate for more tax and regulation cuts on billionaires. Republicans TELL us they are only fulfilling the choice-rights of parents when they drain tax monies away from public schools and hand those dollars to for-profit or religious school owners.

And Republicans TELL us they are protecting, defending the integrity of the voting process when they pass laws which "make it harder, not easier, for people to vote."

But it isn't what is said, but what is done, that counts in the real world. And it is inarguable that the effort to make it harder to vote, not easier, as Obama said... "has not been led by both parties. It's been led by the Republican Party."

Without any evidence of in-person voter fraud in any state, ask yourself.....other than trying to reduce the number of votes cast, and particularly in urban areas....what would be the reason for GOP-led states making it harder, not easier, for citizens to vote?

Freedom?

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