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Here They Go Again! The GOP Attempts to Suppress Voter Rights by V. Lyn

Thomas Paine “”The right of voting for representatives is the primary right by which other rights are protected. To take away this right is to reduce a man to slavery, for slavery consists in being subject to the will of another, and he that has not a vote in the election of representatives is in this case.” 1795

Guess what college kids and those young adults that are 18 years of age in the eyes of the Republicans and Tea baggers you are NOT…I repeat NOT… old enough nor wise enough to vote. However you are old enough as Repubs and the Tea baggers  and those that pay them never fail to remind American society to own a gun. In Arizona under  Title 13, Chapter 31 of the Arizona Revised Statutes says there are no registration or licensing of firearms that are not in essence machine guns, grenades or rocket launchers in Arizona. In fact, Section 13-3108 subsection B prohibits any political subdivision of the state from enacting any laws requiring licensing or registration. According to state law, a person must be 18 years of age to purchase any non-NFA. Now Repubs do believe that while you are too stupid to make an informed vote you are SMART enough and levelheaded enough to carry that firearm, bullets and all, onto campus and into the classroom. While you in their opinion are too ignorant to vote you are however old enough and wise enough to make the determination to join the military and fight for your country, risk your life and perhaps take the lives of others. They also believe you can be employed as a Police Officer, oh and guess what there is even a program called the Explorer Program that allows kids as young as 14 years old to participate in some Police duties and you can join the fire department. But don’t YOU DARE try to cast your vote, Don’t YOU DARE try and make decisions that will impact your future..um unless that is if you want to buy a gun then carry it into class, around that bitch of a girlfriend, boyfriend, classmate or professor, that is…

Okay I know some of you are sceptical, surely this must be a joke…ummmm…NO! They are trying to suppress your vote. “Why?” you ask. Because they do not like the way you vote! Or should I say the party you have voted for! House Speaker O’Brien said you are foolish. Some GOP in New Hampshire are trying to make it far more difficult for you to vote!!! Now these are the “SUPPOSED” people of the constitution , unless they don’t agree with an aspect of it that is. The Twenty-sixth Amendment (Amendment XXVI) to the United States Constitution limited the minimum voting age to no more than 18. But those sneaky conniving hypocritical manipulative back door underhanded, I gather you see I don’t like Repubs and especially tea baggers, are trying to get around it by making it difficult and unappealing for you to vote. Now in truth I never disliked republicans before I just did not agree with them but now my disdain and disgust for them PERSONALLY and what they represent is tangible.

They are holding no punches as they go after the democratic party utilizing every underhanded method possible, most recently by trying to break the union and now by attempting to propose limits that would suppress the ability of young adults to vote. They did it before through various methods that denied fair representation of countless blacks by denying our right to vote, that the 14th amendment was required. During the Antebellum South Southern whites implemented the Black Codes and during Jim Crow pissed off Whites orchestrated methods that made it impossible and dangerous for Blacks to vote.  For nearly 100 years after the end of slavery Blacks were disenfranchised by racist whites but by none who moved more aggressively than those in the Republican party. Our intimidation against voting and those bogus voter requirements lasted until the Civil Rights act of 1964 that ended unequal application of voters registration.

Ahhhh but folks cagey Repubs got even cagier.

(From Wikipedia) “Upon the passage of the Fifteenth Amendment, giving non-whites the right to vote, Southern States began to use seemingly neutral voting qualifications – e.g. literacy tests, property requirements, grandfather clauses, tests for good moral character and criminal disenfranchisement – to deny the vote to black people but also undesirable (primarily poor) whites. While disenfranchisement laws had existed long before these practices began, a number of Southern States tailored these laws to maximize their impacts on African-Americans. One delegate to the Virginia convention of 1906 went on record at the time as saying: “This plan will eliminate the darkey as a political factor in this state in less than five years.”[4] Unlike most other laws that burden the right of citizens to vote based on some form of social status, felony disenfranchisement laws have been held to be constitutional.”

Ahhhh but folks cagey Repubs the ones with their lips locked squarely around the asses of  tea suckers, my bad sorry …ball suckers… um I mean tea baggers…  got even cagier and came out with the Felony Disenfranchisement Act that says that those convicted of felonies can not vote in some states that is LIFE LONG . Now you may say well hell their felons but it was never enforced aggressively until after 1966, it was not until crimes that were previously misdemeanors and which were perpetrated primarily by blacks were reclassified and became felonies…and the outcome is that a large portion of Blacks are disproportionately disenfranchised. Now I know that some if not many would say well fix the crime in the black community…But the issue being addressed here  is the underhanded methods the Republican party has continuously used to make sure that those who statistically vote democratic are unable to vote.

Here are some of the moves by Repubs.

Until the 1966 Votings Right Act Blacks, Puerto Rican Americans and Mexican Americans found it difficult to vote due to voting requirements and intimidation.

Felony Disenfranchisement Act has created a segment of the population who are denied the right to vote. In particular the African American population has been harshly affected a segment of the population that votes overwhelmingly for democrats

Wisconsin, Ohio and other states whose Governors are Republican are trying to break the unions which overwhelmingly support the democratic party and tend to actively encourage the public to vote and turn out democratic votes even if they are non union voters, by car pooling elderly and minority voters.

North Carolina, Republicans are attempting to make it a requirement that State IDs–this is potentially a problem for many African-American voters the majority of which support President Obama.

GOP lawmakers in Wisconsin are implementing legislation to block students from using school-issued identification to verify their identity at the polls while this may not deny them their vote it will serve as a discouragement for those young men and women who want to exercise their constitutional rights.

While some people may not see the significance of what the GOP is doing they are in effect trying to squash the voice of a segment of the population simply because they do not like the way that segment votes.But even more significant is that  exercising your vote gives you your voice in representation and in the governance of your district, state and country.  Here are some historic words on the importance of our being able to exercise our civic rights.

Lyndon B. Johnson said, “The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men.”

Thomas Paine, in “First Principles of Government” said, “The right of voting for representatives is the primary right by which other rights are protected.” Thomas Paine also went on to say “A single reflection will teach us that our ancestors, like ourselves, were but tenants for life in the great freehold of rights. The fee- absolute was not in them, it is not in us, it belongs to the whole family of man through all ages. If we think otherwise than this we think either as slaves or as tyrants. As slaves, if we think that any former generation had a right to bind us; as tyrants, if we think that we have authority to bind the generations that are to follow.”

Thomas Paine went on to say which the GOP may want to consider before traveling further down their path  “Inequality of rights is created by a combination in one part of the community to exclude another part from its rights. Whenever it be made an article of a constitution, or a law, that the right of voting, or of electing and being elected, shall appertain exclusively to persons possessing a certain quantity of property, be it little or much, it is a combination of the persons possessing that quantity to exclude those who do not possess the same quantity. It is investing themselves with powers as a self-created part of society, to the exclusion of the rest.

It is always to be taken for granted, that those who oppose an equality of rights never mean the exclusion should take place on themselves; and in this view of the case, pardoning the vanity of the thing, aristocracy is a subject of laughter. This self-soothing vanity is encouraged by another idea not less selfish, which is that the opposers conceive they are playing a safe game, in which there is a chance to gain and none to lose; that at any rate the doctrine of equality includes them, and that if they cannot get more rights than those whom they oppose and would exclude they shall not have less.

This opinion has already been fatal to thousands, who, not contented with equal rights, have sought more till they lost all, and experienced in themselves the degrading inequality they endeavored to fix upon others.”






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