Who Hijacked Our Country

Monday, June 13, 2011

Maine Republican Chairman Spells It Out

“Those rabid environmentalists, liberals, socialists — they, they VOTE. We have to STOP them!”

That wasn’t his exact wording, but close enough. The Maine legislature has passed a law that invalidates a 40-year Maine tradition, whereby people could register to vote on Election Day. No more. Maine GOP Chairman Charlie Webster defended the new disenfranchise-the-voters law by trotting out the same non-existent problem that teabaggers everywhere are reciting in unison: Millions of illegal immigrants, communists and Negroes are trying to bring America to her knees by voting illegally.

Webster said:

“If you want to get really honest, this is about how the Democrats have managed to steal elections from Maine people. Many of us believe that the Democrats intentionally steal elections. Buses. They bring them in in buses. Job Corps people — they move 'em around to wherever they have a tough seat and they want to win an election.”

Damn those Job Corps people!!!

Well, you’ve gotta admire this guy’s blunt shoot-from-the-hip manner. It’s sort of a refreshing change from the cowardly Scott Walker-esque “Oh, I have nothing against greasy people who work with their hands; I’m just trying to balance the budget” schmaltz.

And speaking of Scott Walker — I can’t seem to write a post without mentioning the Koch Brothers’ favorite boy toy at least once — Wisconsin has a similar law for disenfranchising voters. At first they weren’t sure how to pay for this new “Only Wealthy Conservatives Can Vote” law. But now they’ve found a way:

In 2009, the Wisconsin legislature passed a law providing public funding for judicial races. 78% of Wisconsin residents were in favor of this. In the recent state Supreme Court showdown between David Prosser and JoAnne Kloppenburg, both candidates used the public financing made available under this law.

Anyway, by deleting the funding for this public financing law, Wisconsin will now have the money to enforce the much-more-important voter disenfranchisement law.

Problem solved.

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Anonymous Jolly Roger said...

If we enforced truth in advertising on politicians, every one of those Klanbagging Rushpubliscums would be forced to appear in a white sheet and hood.

June 13, 2011 at 1:29 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

if people are too dumb to register in a timely manner then they are too dumb to vote.
They need to show they have some kind of comprehension other than which box to check off.

June 13, 2011 at 1:42 PM  
Anonymous Jolly Roger said...

And lisa, the Klanservative Kook, weighs in with her stream of stupid.

It's getting about time to go all the way with these laws, and do what the right wingers want to do-strip these dumb broads of the "right" do do anything outside the kitchen or the bedroom. Obviously lisa is too dumb to be allowed to vote, so she should concern herself with girl issues-raising kids, reality TV, and great recipes. Leave the politics to the MEN.

June 13, 2011 at 2:09 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

There's a conspiracy to steal elections, all right. But what we're seeing from Republicans like Charlie Webster is sleazy characters judging others by the way they approach things.

Next, Webster will have us believe that the right-wing friendly corporate media with all its six-figure salaried reporters somehow looked the other way when all those busloads of illegal voters showed up at all those polling places.

I spent three years in Maine. Even one busload of outsiders trying to vote illegally there would be as subtle as a Valentine's Day massacre in the middle of a packed cathedral. Give me a break.

Bad enough this GOP turd wants to suppress the vote, but he has to insult people's intelligence while he's at it.

June 13, 2011 at 4:04 PM  
Blogger jadedj said...

Lisa, speaking of dumb fucks, you dumb fuck...it is every citizen's right in this country to vote. What the hell difference does it make WHAT day they register? Let me repeat...EVEN DUMB FUCKS CAN VOTE, DUMB FUCK!

June 13, 2011 at 4:42 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Hey you guys are the ones who are hoping for Dumb Fucks to vote.


June 13, 2011 at 8:22 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Klanservative Kook,

And JR why the Klan Term? What are you trying to say?

June 13, 2011 at 8:24 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

Re-districting, setting laws about when voters can and can't register, planting fake Democratic candidates in state recall elections, busting unions so less money will come in to Democratic coffers... they will pull out all the stops they can to gain an advantage, and even to keep voters from coming to the polls. This is a nice article by Donna Brazile:


June 13, 2011 at 11:05 PM  
Blogger Demeur said...

I'm still waiting for a rethuglicon takes a bullet.

June 14, 2011 at 5:54 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I don't now what you are worried about. If Obama has this overwhelming support people should come out in droves like they did in 2008 to vote for him. I can bet everyone was pre-registered then.

June 14, 2011 at 7:04 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Besides the democrats reach their base through Broadway,MTV, Hollywood,BET and Univision',MSNBC,ABC,CBS,HBO,Law and Order.and 99% of the rest of TV shows.

I really don't see where you can possibly have any gripes. The wind is at your backs.

June 14, 2011 at 7:13 AM  
Anonymous Thomas said...

I don't much care for the way she expressed it, but I do often wish that there was some set of minimum criteria that qualified one to vote besides "adult citizen."

The part of me that loves the concept of universal democracy, that believes governance comes from the consent of the governed argues against this.

But I can't get over the gut feeling that, those people who can't bother to inform themselves, won't contemplate their political positions, or that believe demonstrably false things, don't deserve a say in the running of the country.

I don't have good solution for this, mind you, I'd rather live in a world where everyone was informed and insightful, but we don't.

June 14, 2011 at 8:57 AM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Thomas, thinking back on comments and justification from Bush loyalists a few years ago, obviously ignorant of facts and perverse in attitude, I know just how you feel.

However, democracy is like pregnancy; you either have it or you don't. As soon as you start saying some people aren't qualified and so won't be allowed to vote, you have something else, something less.

The world has long had democracies in name only. China is a good example. People get to vote, but only for the candidates of one party. That's not democracy either.

June 14, 2011 at 11:28 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

JR: Plus, they should be required to wear hats and nametags identifying their largest contributors.

Lisa: What difference does it make when somebody registers to vote? Millions of people mail in their IRS payments on April 15; millions of people drive 9 mph over the speed limit so that they're within that unofficial 10 mph "grace period" and won't get a ticket. How is this different?

SW: Yup, the corporate-owned liberal media is taking part in the Democrats' conspiracy to steal elections.

jadedj: If dumbfucks weren't allowed to vote, no Republican would ever get elected.

Snave: Thanks for the link. I think the scariest part is how so many states are doing this in unison, marching in lockstep. Congressional Republicans have been doing this for years, but when dozens of supposedly separate state legislatures are moving as one well-drilled unit -- it's time for Americans to start paying attention and getting concerned.

Demeur: Now, there has to be a better way.

Thomas: I agree on both things. It sucks that so many millions of gullible uninformed people can vote. And I have no idea how to prevent this.

SW: You're right; democracy has certain byproducts that we have to live with. Dumb people voting, Fred Phelps protesting in front of military funerals -- they're part of the package, like it or not.

June 14, 2011 at 12:31 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

What difference does it make when somebody registers to vote? Millions of people mail in their IRS payments on April 15; millions of people drive 9 mph over the speed limit so that they're within that unofficial 10 mph "grace period" and won't get a ticket. How is this different?

It's a simple process and can be done by mail or on line. Sorry Tom but that should be the least minimum requirement to have the ability to figure out how to register.
How can anyone be up on issues if they can't even be up on something that simple?
Even redneck toothless hillbillies can figure it out.

June 14, 2011 at 1:13 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

It's all an out and out effort to disenfranchise many people who typically vote for dems nationwide where they have pugs in leadership at the state level. This is why dems need to get out and vote, when people see the difference, such as it is, between pugs and the dems they will vote accordingly. I won't even dignify the resident idiots comments, I don't have it in me today. It's mah burfday and I want it to stay a happy one, without engaging stupidity.

June 14, 2011 at 3:17 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

thanks Jess because I was responding to Tom anyway.

Anyway hope you had a nice day.

June 14, 2011 at 6:19 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jess: I sure hope this Republican onslaught will cause a lot more Democrats to get out and vote and quit grumbling about "no difference" between the parties.

Happy Birthday, fellow Gemini. Mine was last week.

June 14, 2011 at 6:44 PM  

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