The continued attempts by Republicans to rig elections are something I wish more people would care about. While I know it’s not exactly the most exciting of topics, and most people only seem to care about voting every couple of years or so, the process by which we vote is probably the most vital aspects to the American way of life. We can talk about racism, gay rights, gun rights, war, poverty, the economy or whatever else all we want, but if our voting process becomes rigged by one party, none of it’s really going to matter because one side will have fixed the “game” in their favor.
That’s exactly what Republicans all across this country are trying to do. In many states controlled by Republican legislatures, new voting laws have been passed that do nothing but seek to disenfranchise minority voters, make it harder for young people to vote and essentially do just about everything they can to frustrate voters who tend to vote for Democrats. While Republicans claim it’s all about “preventing voter fraud,” for anyone to actually believe that is ludicrous considering voter fraud is practically non-existent.
Well, in a brilliant move, Hillary Clinton put Republicans on the defensive recently when she came out with several ideas to not only make it easier for people to vote, but to get more Americans registered. I consider it a brilliant move because:
- Why would anyone not trying to rig elections oppose any of her ideas?
- It’s going to expose these Republican candidates as members of a party that’s trying to make voting more difficult.
Well, in a series of comments that were fact-checked by Politifact, Clinton absolutely shredded several Republicans for some of the anti-voting measures they’ve supported in the past.
On probable candidate Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker:
In Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker cut back early voting and signed legislation that would make it harder for college students to vote. (Mostly True)
And, as we all know, young voters tend to vote for Democrats.
On probable candidate Jeb Bush:
In Florida, when Jeb Bush was governor, state authorities conducted a deeply flawed purge of voters before the presidential election in 2000. Thankfully, in 2004 a plan to purge even more voters was headed off. (Mostly True)
Naturally, when voter rolls are purged, minorities are disproportionately impacted. And, who do minorities tend to vote for? Oh, that’s right – Democrats.
On current candidate Rick Perry:
Former Gov, Rick Perry signed a law that a federal court said was actually written with the purpose of discriminating against minority voters. (Mostly True)
Ah, yes, another Republican passing laws that target minority voters. I know, shocking, right?
On potential candidate Chris Christie:
[He} vetoed legislation to extend early voting. (Mostly True)
Nothing like opposing something that would make it easier for Americans to vote, right? To this day I’ve still never heard even a single rational reason why anyone would oppose early voting, let alone limit early voting – which is something that’s been done in a few Republican-controlled states.
But in these four comments, Clinton exposed a systematic approach by several key Republicans (and current/probable presidential candidates) who have actively pushed for laws that not only made it more difficult for Americans to vote, but nearly every one of them targeted voting demographics that don’t often vote for Republicans.
So, I would highly encourage everyone to take a little time to care about this sort of stuff more. Because if we don’t start giving this the attention it deserves, everyone on the left is going to wake up one day with a voting system that essentially hands every major election – and the power in our government – to the Republican party. If that happens, it will be too late to do anything about it.
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