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Friday, April 04, 2014

Republicans No Longer Even PRETENDING they Believe in Democracy

By now, nobody except the bone-stupidest mouth-breathingest of the GOP's useful idiots actually still believe the GOP soundbites about voter fraud, the integrity of the vote and the Job Creators.

The GOP's Case for Scrapping Democracy is the title of this article by Damon Linker.  The author had also written an earlier article about the GOP's war on democracy.  He states:

I expected a sharp response from the Right. What I thought I'd hear were variations on......  (you know, the usual Orwellian slogans about strengthening democracy by fighting voter fraud, etc.).

Instead, he got the following response (which he describes as a typical example):

I just read your piece on the GOP changes to voting laws. It's complete garbage! Americans who have no skin in the game should not be voting! The way things have evolved in the last 200 years is nothing short of disgusting! People who don't offer anything tangible to the country are given as much say as people who pay 400k in taxes per year? Ridiculous! How did we regress so far?

Gotta admire this person's candor.  Same with venture capitalist Tom Perkins, who ranted several months ago that only taxpayers should be allowed to vote; and the more taxes you pay, the more votes you should be able to cast.

It's one thing for Heritage Foundation teabots to say this to each other privately; or for Mitt Romney to keep blubbering about the mooching 47% when he didn't know his speech was being recorded.

But when GOP leaders are this outspoken, publicly, about their contempt for minorities and non-millionaires, what does this mean?  Have they become so complacent and over-confident that they don't even need to pretend they care about the unwashed masses?  What happened to their well-publicized outreach to swarthy minorities and the womenfolk?

Up until now they've been conning millions of dupes into voting against their own interests:  I'm keeping you trapped in poverty so the Communists won't take over, so you can be Free.  Help me get rid of those damn safety regulations, let me keep earning 800 times more money than you, and I'll be able to create more jobs.  Together we can put America back to work!

Now apparently they're not even bothering with these intelligence-insulting sales pitches any more.  They're pretty much just coming out and saying I'm in control now.  I'm not letting you vote, and I'm going to wipe out every agency and every regulation that you've been depending on.  What're you gonna do about it?

Let's hope this is the Hubris before the fall.



Blogger Jerry Critter said...

"What're you gonna do about it?"

It is time to show them what we are going to do about it...VOTE THEM OUT OF OFFICE!

April 5, 2014 at 8:53 AM  
Anonymous Jess said...

That whole public change they were supposed to do is not going to work out for them at all. They just cannot help themselves Tom. their confidence got a nice boost from SCOTUS other day with the McCutcheon ruling. Althouhg, all the millions Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman poured into California got the nada so hopefully that will be the same result nationwide after a while.

April 5, 2014 at 5:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have to look really hard to find out that voting reform (like the voting rights act) helped just as many poor dis-enfranchised whites as much as blacks. Could laws and policies that were effective from 1890's-1950's still work now that even the poorest of folk connect with the world with TV and their smart phones.

I have a hard time believing they’re going to let the plutocrats take away their TOTAL basic rights again. They may not vote Democrats or Liberal but even they have their limit line, right? If they think Obama and the Kenyan, Socialist are trying to take away their rights, wait till they see what the Kochs and their ilk plan to do.

But they’ll still be able to pack as many pieces as they want.


April 5, 2014 at 7:17 PM  
Blogger Grung_e_Gene said...

Matthew Vadum of the American Thinker, in 2011 wrote registering poor people to vote "It is profoundly antisocial and un-American..."

The less people who vote the better Republicans do.

Look at right-wing efforts to divide the states of California and Colorado because white rural votes aren't being counted "right".

April 5, 2014 at 7:49 PM  
Blogger Jerry Critter said...

Unfortunately California is smarter than much of the nation.

April 5, 2014 at 10:56 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jerry: You're right, that's the only solution.

Jess: Who needs public outreach when the SCOTUS says it's OK for a few billionaires to purchase the government.

Erik: And as we know, the right to own a gun (or 15 or 20 of them) is a lot more important than the right to vote.

I hope the mass access to TV will help a lot of people to stay informed. Hopefully they're not watching Fox News and Koch-financed commercials.

Grung: Yup, I remember that article. That's certainly their motive, to make sure only wealthy landowners can vote. They're not even pretending any more that "voter fraud!" is the issue.

Jerry: If it weren't for the Left Coast, the Northeast and a few other blue pockets of sanity, the whole country would be toast.

April 6, 2014 at 1:26 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

"...that those who pay more in taxes should be given more votes to cast in elections..."

Basing an American's worth (or a human being's worth, for that matter) on how much money they make is missing the point entirely that we are all Americans, and that THIS still matters:

Although I guess now that corporations are people and money is free speech, this no longer matters?

April 7, 2014 at 8:20 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Snave: I guess it's devolved into "all corporate conglomerates are created equal," or "all 6-figure campaign contributions are created equal."

April 8, 2014 at 9:58 AM  

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