[FoRK] Newsroom score: American Taliban

Gregory Alan Bolcer greg at bolcer.org
Wed Aug 29 14:45:44 PDT 2012


On 8/29/2012 2:36 PM, Damien Morton wrote:
> This is wrong. There are no high ethical principles involved at all,
> no balance seeking, nothing. Its pure realpolitik.
> What's involved is a strategy to cause large numbers of people,
> primarily democratic voters, not to vote.
> The strategy is multi-layered, putting up difficulties to get IDs,
> imposing onerous legal requirements on voter turnout groups, or simply
> destroying them using dirty tricks (e.g. ACORN), disparaging
> "community organisers", etc etc.
> This is a pure realpolitik, mean spirited, and well funded and
> coordinated, attack on democracy, in order to benefit a party that is
> losing its demographic and ideological base.
> To the GOP mind, Voter Fraud isnt so much someone who voted illegally,
> but rather, Voter Fraud is when someone who might vote Democratic is
> helped to do so. ACORN, in the GOP mind, was a Voter Fraud
> organisation, because it was working to achieve higher voter turnout.
> In the GOP mind, this is the fraud they are talking about. I read
> recently of one Republican talking about strategies to counter "the
> numerical superiority" of their opposition.  The thing is, in a
> democracy, countering the numerical superiority of your opposition is
> tantamount to treason.
> Just look at the all-white audience at the RNC, yelling "get out"
> "usa" to drown out the republican representative from Puerto Rico.
> This is a party that has completely lost its way, and is well on the
> way to irrelevance.
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