Attacking democracy

by | Jul 24, 2013 | Civil Rights, NC Politics, Voting Rights | 4 comments

It’s getting hard to believe that these people were elected in America. Personally, I gasped aloud after reading every proposal in the Senate’s new voter-discrimination bill. The legislation attacks democracy and American values so aggressively it’s hard to believe the bill’s sponsors made it into power, even through quasi-rigged elections.

The proposals attack core American values to an astonishing degree. For example, it repeals a program that lets 16 and 17 year olds pre-register to vote. When a party begins legislating against civic participation in the schools, it has departed from our country’s republican traditions and entered something else. (I won’t say what.) Given that, to say this bill returns us to the 1950’s insults that decade’s finest legacy. Norman Rockwell would cringe if he knew someone was discouraging acts of citizenship.

With this bill, Republicans take their disrespect for our history to a revolting new level. By banning paid voter registration drives, HB589 opens up the possibility of someone being jailed for registering voters. Thus, voter registration drives could hypothetically become a replay of “Mississippi Freedom Summer,” when people were imprisoned for connecting African Americans to the ballot. That provision brings Republicans to a new low, reinstating the codes of an evil system.

If the bill passes intact, it will be clear that the Republicans do not “hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.” They will have taken the aristocratic creeds that our forbears expelled first from this continent and then from this state, and invited them back home in ignominy.



  1. Paleotek

    OK, Alex, I’ll answer for the absent Cons. “Personally, I gasped aloud” is purple prose. Really, you shouldn’t be in this sport if you’re that easily shocked. “attack core American values to an astonishing degree” – um, what rock you been under, dude? The right wing is off the reservation, with no sense of history, no sense of justice, and no sense of shame. You know this, I know this, don’t pretend shock (hint: astonishment = shock). The current crop of legislators is on the wrong side of history, and they probably don’t have much political longevity. But don’t insult us by pretending breathless insults. These guys are smug, belligerent, racist bigots. So if you have a nice soapbox, don’t use it to pitch them slow ones down the middle. We’re after persuasion here, critical thinking and engagement. If you can’t address the issues like a grownup, you’re no better than Wiseman and Wind. It’s OK to tell us what you really think, but it’s not OK to spew faux outrage.

  2. Jim Wiseman

    It’s funny when Liberals aren’t in power. They are hilarious when they’re hysterical like this.

  3. Alex Jones

    Give me an example of a “half-truth.”

  4. Gustav Wind

    What a crock of whining baloney. Almost every sentence is hyperbolic half-truths. And demproglibs wonder why they aren’t taken seriously.

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