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Mon Sep 10, 2018, 01:33 PM

NYT runs an "Op-ed" far more important than anything "Anonymous"could ever tell us (suppression)


New York Times runs an "Op-ed" far more important than anything "Anonymous"could ever tell us.



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While pixels continue to be spilled over the identity of the anonymous “Trump Administration official” who authored the last-week’s now-famous New York Times op-ed, confirming--apparently for the first time for many--that yes, this White House is in fact a dysfunctional rathole captive to the whims of a dysfunctional rat, the same New York Times this weekend published a Non-Anonymous op-ed of far greater consequence to the future of the American Republic. In a piece titled “The Republican Approach To Voter Fraud: Lie,” Carol Anderson, professor of African American studies at Emory University, describes the steady march of voter suppression in this country from its original conception in the 2000 election to where it stands today, with Republican-controlled states passing wholly cynical and spurious “Voter ID” laws and enforcing widespread, targeted voter purges with the single-minded goal of preventing people of color in this country from voting.

Deliberately suppressing the right of people to vote is an act so un-American that it ought to disqualify the existence of any political Party that promotes it. In a healthy Democracy people who promoted or hatched such schemes to violate Americans’ most sacred right would have their citizenship stripped and be forcibly expelled from the country to places like Russia or Hungary where they could live out their lives in the dystopian autocracies they seem to crave. Unfortunately what we now have in this country is a Republican Party that now actively and publicly promotes passing laws calculated to suppress the vote. And they do it through a coordinated pattern of lies and talking points about an imaginary phenomenon they invented called “voter fraud.”
That was the point. Demoralize people. Strip away their voting rights. Debase their citizenship. Dilute the diversity of voters until the electorate becomes homogeneous. Lie and say it’s because of voter fraud. But most important, do all of this in the name of saving democracy.
Rampant voter fraud does not exist. There is no epidemic of illegal voting. But the lie is so mesmerizing, it takes off like a wildfire, so that the irrational fear that someone might vote who shouldn’t means that hundreds of thousands who should can’t cast ballots, in part because of the increase in voter ID laws across the country in recent years.

The only reason “Voter ID” statutes exist is because the Republican Party realized that the racism underlying their entire Party’s reason for existence was repelling African Americans and Hispanics, and in all likelihood those voting blocs would never, ever be returning to vote Republican. So as demographics, especially surging among Latinos and Hispanics, increased the urgency of the situation, it became necessary to achieve a counterbalance in order for the GOP to retain its power as long as possible. The way to solve the problem, the Party leaders reasoned, was to keep enough of “those people” from voting at all. Their rights as Americans never entered the Party’s thought process.

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Response to niyad (Original post)

Mon Sep 10, 2018, 01:37 PM

1. "The Republican Approach To Voter Fraud: Lie," Carol Anderson, professor. Straight on target. . . nt

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Response to niyad (Original post)

Mon Sep 10, 2018, 04:01 PM

2. To me voter suppression is spitting in the face of every American serviceperson who fought, died

and was brutalized to protect American democracy and the foundation of that...the vote of citizens.

We should tie Republicans to that fact like calves to rope.

Honoring the military? Then honor the citizen voter.

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Response to Fred Sanders (Reply #2)

Mon Sep 10, 2018, 04:23 PM

5. THIS.

Enough of the BS about how kneeling for the Anthem is a dishonor to service people. Shredding the foundations of the Democracy they fought for is an enormously greater sin.

However, repubs don't really give a shit about Democracy or the Republic-- they just want more money and more power.

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Response to volstork (Reply #5)

Mon Sep 10, 2018, 04:28 PM

6. Yes, taking a knee at a ball game is great offence to democracy, but suppressing voters...not a

biggie...the military leaders should be the ones to tell Republicans to fuck off with the voter suppression, for starters, I say...their young soldiers deserve better than Republicans destroying democracy they defend.

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Response to niyad (Original post)

Mon Sep 10, 2018, 04:04 PM

3. tell it!

Worth it for this alone:

Deliberately suppressing the right of people to vote is an act so un-American that it ought to disqualify the existence of any political Party that promotes it. In a healthy Democracy people who promoted or hatched such schemes to violate Americans’ most sacred right would have their citizenship stripped and be forcibly expelled from the country to places like Russia or Hungary where they could live out their lives in the dystopian autocracies they seem to crave.

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Response to niyad (Original post)

Mon Sep 10, 2018, 04:14 PM

4. Voter suppression and now Supreme Court boxing. They intend, after loosing the House and

possibly the Senate, to try to rule the nation through the courts. We are seeing systemic effort to reformat America.

The Republican Party has totally bought in to the ideology of political deadenders. They are going for broke. The ultimate goal is to create a situation in which they can declare themselves rulers until the unrest is quelled and peace, order and calm as they define it is restored. Charlotte was just a run up to what they are willing to do to retain their grip on the levers of power.

You have seen only faint condemnation of the most extreme actions by white supremacy groups by mainstream republicans. They have ingested the cool aid of their own propaganda and are going to throw the nation under that proverbial bus in pursuit of their own selfish interests.

Their symbolic leader may be that orange haired freak in the Oval Office but never doubt that the real malevolence comes from the RNC and mainstream republicans.

RESIST

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Response to Augiedog (Reply #4)

Mon Sep 10, 2018, 04:32 PM

8. "... never doubt that the real malevolence comes from the RNC and mainstream republicans."

Absolutely agree.

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Response to niyad (Original post)

Mon Sep 10, 2018, 04:29 PM

7. UnAmerican. Anti democracy. Similar to Russian interference in elections.

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