History Has Not Yet Caught Up With One Group

Florida and several other states are taking steps to right a historic wrong by restoring voting and other rights to former felons. Florida felons make up some 20% of the more than 5 million people in the United States who cannot vote because of  current laws disenfranchise them. Because of the economically and racially discriminatory history of disenfranchisement laws and their current disproportionate impact on marginalized and underrepresented populations, these laws should be reformed.

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Racial Politics This Week -- Special Election Edition

Remember this?

George W. Bush: There's an old saying in Tennessee. I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee, that says: "Fool me once..."
George W. Bush: [pause]
George W. Bush: "... shame on...".
George W. Bush: [pause]
George W. Bush: "Shame on you..."
George W. Bush: [pause]
George W. Bush: "If fooled, you can't get fooled again."
Clip from American Blackout

This week, the big story involving race and politics in America is happening right now. Only you can't fully see it yet. It's a story from the past and soon to manifest in the near future. See, Karl Rove is confident that things don't look so dark for Republicans despite the ominous polls on the horizon. That's because he's fooled Americans once at the polls in 2000 in Florida. He fooled us again in 2004 in Ohio. Now he's planning to fool us once more.

How do I know?  

Because I've been keeping an eye on efforts to do something. To Do More Than Vote.

There are some folks laying in plans to create voter confusion, suppression, intimidation. There are also some people working hard to prevent another round of disenfranchisement aimed at low-income people, seniors and particularly, minority voters. Things like:

Harsh and Burdensome Voter ID Requirements
Barriers to voter registration
Provisional Ballots
Long lines and inequality in resource distribution at the polls
Disenfranchisement of citizens with past felony convictions
Emerging suppression strategies
Cause for optimism--fighting voter suppression and winning

There's something you can do about it. Here are a few ideas...after the jump.

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That sinking feeling

What is the DNC doing about caging, disenfranchisement and massive purging of Democratic voters from the rolls in Ohio, Tennessee, Missouri and Virginia?

Polls are fun before election day.  But the only one that counts is on November 7.

Why does the DNC talk about polls now when they aren't doing anything to prevent massive Democratic voter disenfranchisement in key states on election day?


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Be prepared for all competitve races to go to the GOP

     This Nov. 7th, most, if not all close Congressional races, in the House and Senate, could be going to the Republicans, whether you like it or not. The reason for this is simple; fraud. In 2000, 2002, and 2004, the GOP threw out millions of legitimate ballots, rigged e-voting machines everywhere, and basically prevented large numbers of overwhelmingly Democratic voters from casting meaningful votes. Will the Democrats win the races which they lead by large amounts? Yes, but the races which they need to take back the house and senate could go to the GOP anyway. As such, it seems like the thing to do now, first and foremost, is to raise the alarms on voting fraud which is enveloping the nation as I write this post. If we don't, we could be staring at permeanent one party dictatorial rule forever.  

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America's Biggest Threat: The Axis of Ignorance

If it is true that, "there is nothing wrong with America that can't be cured by what is right with America," then we liberals have our work cut out for us.

A great many pundits and scholars have debated over the years what the greatest threat to America is. Some contend that threat is terrorism. Others blame Godless Liberals for pushing Jesus out of the classrooms and culture. Still others blame illegal aliens for bringing drugs and disease and crime over our borders, and stealing our jobs and feeding freely from the public trough.

I disagree. I believe that the greatest threat to America can be catagorized by what I like to refer to as the "Axis of Ignorance"...

At the top of this pyramid of shame is the current REPUBLICAN GUARD, not just the President and his kabal of liars and purveyors of homegrown terrorism and fear, but also the shameful trolls that lead the current congress, and the judiciary that behaves like a cloaked secret society, permitting injustices and abridgement of our documents of democracy. Today's Republican leadership have proven that they will stop at nothing to wrest every shred of power and control to further their own agenda. They will twist logic, warp values, and generate fear to get their people to the polls. They will create roadblocks to prevent the opposition from voting, they will fix the voting machines to falsely record votes, and when all else fails they will get the Supreme Court to rule that counting the votes impinges on their candidates' civil liberties.

The right side of the base of the pyramid are the RELIGIOUS FUNDAMENTALISTS. These people, who predominantly are truly good and kind folk dedicated to living their lives in the path of Christ, have been duped by the top of the pyramid into supporting an agenda clearly contrary to thier own. What would Jesus do? Well, I don't know for sure, but somehow I doubt he would approve of bombing the crap out of people who never posed a threat to us. I don't think he would approve of the reckless disregard for the environment shown by the conservatives of today, nor the wasteful approach to our national resources and finances. I also don't believe he would approve of public health care money going to pay for Viagra and Cialis, but not for indigent care. The republicans have led religious fundamentalists to believe that a vote for them is a vote against homosexuality (how wrong could they be?) and abortion and for prayer in schools. The fundamentalist do us harm in one other way, and that is by setting the agenda in our schools and laboratories they are causing America to lose its scientific edge in the world, and that is not doing us any favors.

Now, there is no left side of the base of this pyramid, so physics majors please just entertain me here...

The other right side of the base of this pyramid is more nebulous. It is CULTURAL INTOLERANCE. This is best exemplified by the current raging debate over Border Security, which is a thinly veiled attempt to divide Americans over racial and cultural issues. Nothing has changed with regard to immigration in the past decade, but the administration wanted a nice, fiery issue with which to club liberals over for the midterm elections and they chose this one. With the assistance of media hacks like Lou Dobbs who shamelessly profit off of this big smelly red herring they have managed to give this non-starter oxygen for the past several months. How sad they must be that the fruit of their efforts, this heinous Border Security bill, brought them so little glory. Perhaps if one of their members (pardon the pun please) had been able to stop himself with the teenage pages it would have gotten a little more attention. But the real goal is to minimize the ability of Mexican people to become citizens and earn the right to vote, because the republicans cannot afford the change in demographics.
There you have it, the biggest threat to America today: The Axis of Ignorance. We liberals have a big job to do, but have faith, because we are smarter, we are capable, and we are right.

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