Two subjects that should be completely non-partisan are the issues of voting rights and money in politics. As a society we should all, liberals and conservatives alike, be on the side of making it easier for people to vote and opposing money flooding into politics, corrupting our government.
Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Republicans have somehow convinced tens of millions of conservatives that money equals “free speech” and that liberals want to make it easier for people to vote to help “rampant voter fraud” that is practically non-existent.
Over the last few years, Republicans have ramped up efforts to disenfranchise voters via voter ID laws that have been passed in many Republican-controlled states. Laws that are clearly meant to target voting demographics that typically vote for Democrats and lower overall voter turnout – which almost always favors Republicans.
In other words, they’re trying to rig elections… and most conservative voters couldn’t care less.
However, since Republicans can’t outright block people from voting, what they’ve done is passed laws requiring someone have an ID before they’re allowed to vote. It’s a seemingly harmless requirement on the surface; that is, until you realize that getting an ID isn’t exactly that easy for a lot of people, especially the poor.
That’s what we’re seeing in Alabama where state officials have decided to shutter several DMV locations throughout the state which just happen to be in predominantly African-American counties.
Naturally, Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley have condemned these efforts by Republicans to disenfranchise voters.
Well, on Wednesday, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz showcased Republican idiocy on this issue when he called Hillary Clinton and Democrats “bigots” for opposing those who are trying to disenfranchise voters.
“It’s not surprising to see a Democrat like Hillary Clinton coming in and attacking states, particularly Southern states,” Cruz said. “Frankly, it’s a bigotry from the Democrats. They look down on the southern states like we’re a bunch of hicks. Look, I’m from Texas and Hillary Clinton is not a big fan of my state either. We don’t need more politicians from Washington looking down on us like fly-over country. We’ve had seven years of a President who looks down on the American people. Hillary Clinton thinks we’re just a bunch ignorant rubes and we need to be governed by what she deems as moral and philosophical.”
Sorry but it’s hard not to “look down” on a grouping of states that have repeatedly proven time after time, generation after generation, to be on the wrong side of history. From slavery to women’s suffrage, to segregation and gay marriage – these “Southern states” are always wrong.
Furthermore, I can’t help but laugh at Cruz acting as if he’s just a “simple, common southerner” considering he went to Harvard and Princeton. For him to push this “elitist” sort of nonsense, which is what he was trying to do, is laughable.
I’m not knocking his education, but it’s ridiculous for a multimillionaire who went to two of the most elite northeastern Ivy League schools to act like they’re not part of some “elite class.”
Well, a spokeswoman for the Clinton campaign, Christina Reynolds, shot back at Cruz’s comments.
“Hillary Clinton is fighting to expand people’s voting rights, and that’s a case she’ll make anywhere, anytime,” Reynolds said. “Respecting voters means allowing them to vote, not systematically trying to weaken that right, as Senator Cruz and his party have done. Instead of offering insults, Senator Cruz should discuss why he’s consistently supported efforts that make it harder for Alabamians and many Americans to vote.”
Most of us know we’ll never get a legitimate response to logic like that because Republicans have brainwashed their voters into believing that voter fraud is “rampant” and liberals are using it to try to win elections. It’s pure propaganda, but then again, most of what conservative voters believe is nothing but garbage right-wing propaganda.
Liberals absolutely need to remember issues like these heading into next November. We cannot allow Republicans to keep full control of Congress and win back the White House. If we do, the damage they’ll do to this country might be so extensive we might never be able to recover from it.