Remember the good old days, when the increasingly irrelevant Glenn Beck was on the air and he was talking about how the liberals were going to start FEMA death camps and how the socials marxist communists were going to come for your guns and have euthanasia be required? Well, those sorts of conversations still go on all over the country. Fox News has been carrying the torch for the “liberals are coming for you” rhetoric.
Of course, the reason why they are using this rhetoric is simple – to get their base to the polls. George Bush II won the 2004 elections because Karl Rove was a brilliant tactician (along with Kerry not calling Bush out, at all) who used the bigotry of these people as a weapon, by bringing up gay marriage in states that everyone knew weren’t going to pass it. Much like Prop. 5 here in Anchorage, once you say the word “gay,” the bigots flock to make sure their bigoted opinions are known.
However, there is a problem in the Republican Party. The base is dying. They have alienated almost every single group. Minorities, for the most part, left their bandwagon years ago. The LGBT community won’t have anything to do with them. The latest war on women has officially gotten them away from the party too. So, if you only have middle to senior-aged white men as your base, what do you do? The answer is easy – subvert democracy by rigging voting.
Voter suppression is nothing new in America, of course. Back when this country was founded, only the wealthy white men got to vote. Minorities and women were fresh out of luck there. And there are plenty of Republicans who are trying to get back to that. Don’t believe me? Well, the evidence speaks for itself.
34 states have passed or are working to pass laws that make it so that voters have to show photo IDs. 15 states have passed or are working to pass laws that say you have to have your birth certificate or passport to be able to vote. 16 states have or are working to pass laws would end same-day voter registration. 9 states have passed or are working to pass laws to end early voting. 4 states are working to pass laws to get rid, outright, of absentee voting. 3 states have passed laws that restrict voter registration drives. All of this work has been done in the last year.
The mission goal is pretty clear – stop people from getting to the polls. Their tactics are decisive and swift. This isn’t something that can be debated, because we are seeing it happen now. Over 21% of Americans don’t have government-issued ID’s. The bulk of the people who don’t are minorities, the elderly, and college students. Care to guess where most of them vote? They generally vote liberal.
It has even been seen on a scale that nobody pays attention to. Here in Anchorage, Alaska, the latest municipal election was obviously a fraud. The voting booths ran out of ballots is how it all went down. However, in spite of this clear violation of the law, there aren’t going to be new elections, or even an outside investigation. The Assembly simply decided to accept what has happened, and are telling everybody to basically just move on. This is unacceptable.
However, it is efficient, and in a country where the conservative party is rapidly dying on its feet, this is what it has to do in order to maintain power. They know that they can’t win this upcoming presidential election on fair terms, because not only will the disheartened liberals like myself side with Obama out of the principle of not having Romney put in office, but the GOP voters at large have no love for Romney, since he has proven that he is a flip-flopping croney capitalist who doesn’t believe in anything.
This is what the future of America is looking like. Instead of politics being a rational and reasonable discussion of values and what is to happen next, we instead get to listen to rhetoric on one side that liberals are all nazis coming to kill you, and conservatives are…well, actually, the rhetoric about them is true.
They want to subvert democracy to keep themselves in power, and the money flowing into only a few people’s hands.