Thursday, July 21, 2011

Won't You Come Home, Jim Crow?

Oh, they wish we were in Dixie!
Oy vey! Oy vey!

Are you an African American? Are you poor? Are you elderly? Do you reside in the city? Are you a young person living in a college town? Are you planning on voting in 2012? You had better start making other plans for Election Day.

The Republican party
is at this very moment mounting a campaign that, if successful, will disenfranchise the the voting rights of African Americans - and everyone else who tends to vote left-of-center - all across America. Isn't that sweet? They understand all-too-well that the mysterious and unknowable segment of the population that the sociologists describe as "moderate" or "swing voters" (I call them "purple agitators" myself) are starting to become disgusted by the extremists who hijacked the Grand Old Party decades ago. What to do? Not to worry! Just bypass that nasty ol' Voting Rights Act of 1965. That'll learn 'em!

The tactics they so lovingly introduced in Florida in 2000 and then again in Ohio in 2004 are about to go nationwide. Think of it as some weird and twisted musical comedy that was edited and polished in a handful of, out-of-the-way off-Broadway theaters before the grand opening on the Great WHITE Way. How could this possibly happen? How could it be that the "party of Abraham Lincoln" is stooping so low as to steal from millions of people so fundamental a right? What has happened to the GOP? Historically speaking, something just ain't right! A little history lesson is in order here:

First of all, the obvious: They are no longer the party of the great emancipator. They haven't been that since at least 1964. Do you find it as odd as I do that the two greatest Re
publican presidents in history - Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt - are no longer even mentioned in their campaign literature and propaganda? You would think that the grand old party never even existed prior to 1980 when they nominated uber dingbat Ronald Reagan as their standard bearer! What the hell's up with that???

"A man without a vote is man without protection."

Lyndon Baines Johnson

LBJ never lived to be enlightened with regard to the Women's movement, but I am certain he had them in mind as well.

As their talking point never fails to remind us (and what cannot be denied) it was the Democrats who stood in staunch opposition to Civil Rights in America prior to the nineteen-seventies. For a century after the end of the Civil War, the boll weevil southern Democrats could never bring themselves to register with the party of "that nigger-lovin' bastard what freed the slaves". Ironically, back in the days of yore the overwhelming majority of registered Republicans south of the Mason Dixon line were black! As Jack Parr would have said, "I kid you not."

Everything changed in the mid-sixties.

After Lyndon Baines Johnson signed into law the Civil and Voting Rights Acts of 1964 and 1965 respectively, he told his two aides Bill Moyers and the late Jack Valenti, "We [meaning the Democrats] have lost the south for a generation." A generation??? He was kidding himself. He might as well have said, "We've lost the south forever."

Within a decade of the passage of these two monumental laws, a tidal wave of southern Dixiecrats fled - like psychotic rats - to the Republican party. And that is where their ideological heirs reside to this day. Just before he left the senate to become a highly paid lobbyist in 2006, Trent Lott told an interviewer that the mass exodus had nothing to do with race; that it was all about economics. Bullshit. It had EVERYTHING to do with race and nothing else. Who the hell is he kidding?

Fast forward
to 2011. It's not like it was in the bad old days. Racism in the State House has to be a tad more covert than it was back then. Their solution was brilliant - in a perfectly evil kind of way that is. They decided that they needed to confront - head on, I tell you - the "plague" of voter fraud. The fact there is no wide-spread epidemic of electoral fraud in this country (on part of the Democrats that is) was irrelevant to these assholes.

What is their evidence for the widespread fraud? An edited video of some nitwit dressed as a pimp, walking into one ACORN office somewhere and getting a woman behind a desk to say that fraudulent voting has occurred at that particular location . Case closed? Please.

Previously, the signature a person who showed up at the polls would be matched against his or her voter registration. They would then be allowed to cast their precious ballot. If the Republicans have their way, from now on the people will be required to show identification. And if they lack a proper driver's license, they will be forced to pur
chase voter IDs.

Do you see a pattern here? You're blind if you do not. First of all, it puts at a decided disadvantage - not only blacks - but city-dwellers who rely on public transportation and don't drive - the very people who tend to vote for the Democratic party. In order to obtain a proper, government-issued voter ID, they would be obliged to dig up their birth certificates. They would also be required to pay a fee for the ID itself, another disadvantage for poor people - traditional and reliable Democratic voters.

They're trying to pass laws that will make it more difficult to cast an absentee ballot. This would put the elderly at a disadvantage for the simple fact that voting at polling places, particularly in big cities, often involves standing in line for an hour or more. T
he elderly tend to vote for the Democrats. You're not surprised by this. I didn't think you would be.

I wonder how the College Republicans feel about this one:

In addition to all of the above they are looking into a nifty little scheme that will make it impossible for college students to register to vote in the towns where they attend school. College students also tend to vote Democratic. I'm sure that that's just a coincidence though.

What the Republicans have planned for 2012 is a subtle coup d'etat. "Subtle", that is, if you're not paying attention. If you rely on Rupert Murdoch's propaganda empire for your news and information you will be forgiven for not having noticed that any of this is happening in this once-great nation. But it is happening. Don't take my word for it; look it up for yourself. These hideous bastards and bitches have a plan for this republic and it doesn't turn out well for the rest of us. Wake up - if you haven't already.

Tom Degan

Goshen, NY
tomdegan@frontiernet.net

SUGGESTED VIEWING:

Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election (2002)
A film by Robert Greenwald

If you do
not know the name Robert Greenwald, you really should. This gifted and superb filmmaker is responsible for some of the finest, hard-hitting documentaries ever made. The film mentioned above is no exception. The title speaks for itself. It is about how the Bush Mob was able to steal the election of 2000, the aftermath of which we're all still paying a heavy price over a decade later; a price the American people will be paying for generations. Mr. Greenwald's company is called, most appropriately, "Brave New Films". Here is a link to his website:

http://www.bravenewfilms.org/

Assuming you no longer have an independently owned video store in your neighborhood (Who does?) all of his films are available from Amazon.com. All are highly recommended.

Cheerio! Pip! Pip!

52 Comments:

At 8:08 AM, Anonymous Just the Facts! said...

Get the duct tape my head is gonna explode on this one.
Imagine the evil of requiring a photo ID to vote while at the same time, we are getting a full cavity search (after showing a photo ID) to board an airplane.
Is it asking too much after the last Presidential election and ACORN's federal funded voter fraud to require a simple photo proving that you are who you say you are to vote?
And the crap about the poor not being able to afford the photo id, please! Nice try Dave, last week it was FOX, this week it's voter ID's. Is this the best you can come up with in your search for a traction producing subject?

 
At 8:31 AM, OpenID marlena13 said...

Gosh, Tom Seems like ole "just the facts" hasn't gotten the facts that Acorn's only "crime" was registering poor people, and they were the victims of a republican smear campaign completer with edited and fabricated vids. Now why the dems are such scared witless PC numptys afraid of offending even the offensive is beyond me.Some wing nut comes with a highly edited vid, and they accept it? Personally I feel that both partys need to change their names to reflect what they really are. the Dems are the American Spineless Party, and the Pubs are the American Fascist Party. OMG!! WE are soooo screwed!! And in the background contrilling both are the evil aristos who really run things
Too bad more people don't grasp that, BOTH partys are out to screw "we the people" Can we stop letting things being run by sociopaths? I am understanding how a normal person in 1930's Germany must have felt. "If I don't get out soon, I will die here" Scary

 
At 8:45 AM, Anonymous boltok said...

I have a solution. Anyone who takes any form of government hand out or is a union member must get a voter identification card. Given the insatiable appetite for government handouts and the propensity of the democrats to seek out all such public charity, you can be certain that every democrat will be accounted for. The Republicans will be at a significant disadvantage.

 
At 8:57 AM, Blogger Leslie Parsley said...

A lot of these voting laws go way beyond just requiring photo IDs. Florida is just one example.

1)Forces Provisional Ballots: The bill eliminates a long-standing provision that allows people to change their address or name at the polls. For four decades, Florida allowed those with proper photo ID whose name or address had changed due to marriage, or divorce, or a move by a military family to update that information on Election Day. . . . As one Florida supervisor of elections told the Florida Independent, the provision is “disturbing” as provisional ballots are often reserved for close races and thus “go uncounted.”

2)Cuts Early Voting: HB 1355 also cuts the time for early voting from 14 days to eight. The early voting reform was among former Gov. Charlie Crist’s (R-FL) election reforms to “prevent embarrassments like the 2000 election.” As the Miami Herald’s Joy-Ann Reid notes, “It was a hard-won victory for working people who sometimes can’t get to the polls if they work odd hours, or run out of time to resolve a problem at the polls.” According to Reid, in 2008, black churches and college students “took full advantage of the extra time” — two groups that overwhelmingly voted for President Obama.

3)Invalidates Absentee Ballots: The bill severely undercuts the absentee ballot. Under this bill, absentee ballots are determined illegal if the voter’s signature on the certificate does not match the signature on record.” As the Herald-Tribune notes, this will affect “voters who suffer from arthritis, strokes and other ailments that affect their handwriting. Those who fail to update their signatures in time would be out of luck.” The bill states that, if elections results are contested, a court cannot “consider any evidence other than the signatures on the voter’s certificate and the signature of the elector in the registration records” in determining the ballots validity.

4)Fines Third Party Voting Groups: Third-party voter registration groups, such as the non-partisan League of Women voters, the NAACP, and the Boy Scouts are also targeted by HB 1355 by requiring these groups to turn in registration cards within 48 hours of signature or face fines. Voter groups note that “the requirement would be difficult to meet if they are registering thousands of voters at a time.” Because of the “undue burden” this provision places on “thousands of volunteers,” the League of Women Voters — an organization with a “91-year history of registering and educating voters” — announced today that it will “cease [its] voter registration efforts in this state” should HB 1355 become law.

In Wisconsin, an already financially strapped state, the cost to implement this program will be over $2.7 million - all for a proven bogus claim that this is necessary because of voter fraud.In fact, there has been very little voter fraud and most of those have been due to human error. Illegals aren't guilty of it because they don't want to risk being deported. Ironically, it is the Republicans themselves who commit the most egregious acts of voter fraud. Surprise, surprise.

 
At 9:17 AM, Blogger Leslie Parsley said...

While factless "Just the Facts!" spouts his usual right-wing nonsense about ACORN and just about everything else he spews forth, the group everyone should be paying attention to is the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). This conservative, well funded and very dangerous organization is behind this legislation, which is why all these bills are worded just alike for the most part. To learn more about them go to:

ALECexposed.org

What they do should scare hell out of anyone who cares about this country and its future.

It's not just the poor who are being prevented from exercising their voting rights. It is the aged, the disabled, minorities, students, even the military and rural residents.

If Tom doesn't mind, you can see see a review of these bills on a state by state basis and other fact-checked (referenced) information concerning this matter - as opposed to baseless and unproven theories.

http://parsleyspics.blogspot.com/2011/05/march-toward-fascism-3.html

In these states that have passed these laws, we need to get organized and help those who are impacted by the laws get whatever papers are necessary and get them to the polls. This is the only way we can vote the bastards out.

 
At 9:34 AM, Blogger Ellis D., Esq. said...

Why don't they just require computer bar codes to be sewn into peoples' skin and scan them like groceries to ID them ?? Oh shit I don't want to give those psychopaths any ideas that their think tanks missed. Voter fraud is a red herring, it almost never occurs. I'd be more worried about rigged electronic voting machines...oh wait they like that because they do the rigging, my bad !! BTW you can't get the bastards out because they are ALL bastards !!

 
At 11:45 AM, Blogger Darlene said...

Not to fear, you right wing listeners to Faux. If the Repubs don't manage to disenfranchise enough voters who would vote for the Democratic party the Supreme Court will come to their rescue. It did it once before and with the Conservatives in the majority the Supremes will surely do it again.

 
At 12:28 PM, Anonymous SlimJim said...

Home Depot Co-Founder: Obama Is Choking Recovery


IBD: What's the single biggest impediment to job growth today?

Marcus: The U.S. government. Having built a small business into a big one, I can tell you that today the impediments that the government imposes are impossible to deal with. Home Depot would never have succeeded if we'd tried to start it today. Every day you see rules and regulations from a group of Washington bureaucrats who know nothing about running a business. And I mean every day. It's become stifling.

 
At 12:30 PM, Anonymous SlimJim said...

IBD: President Obama has promised to streamline and eliminate regulations. What's your take?

Marcus: His speeches are wonderful. His output is absolutely, incredibly bad. As he speaks about cutting out regulations, they are now producing thousands of pages of new ones. With just ObamaCare by itself, you have a 2,000 page bill that's probably going end up being 150,000 pages of regulations.

 
At 2:36 PM, Anonymous Just the Facts! said...

Classic libtards, if their message is rejected it's cause conservatives played dirty, or the voters are stupid, never because over 68% of Americans do NOT define themselves as liberal.
Libtards haven't got a clue.

 
At 2:47 PM, Blogger Ellis D., Esq. said...

Just the Facts...you CON-JOBS haven't got any conscience, nor any ethical character whatsoever. So keep pretending the good guy liberals are to blame for all our troubles and spew your bullshit that the greedy capitalist pig conservatives are where it's at. You are PATHETIC !!

 
At 4:18 PM, Blogger Harley A. said...

Tom, how do you know fraudulent voting isn’t a big issue? I mean, the Democrats love to bring up how Bush allegedly stole the 2000 election – seemingly a huge process issue. Yet, you don’t have any suspicion whether other voting practices might need to be reconsidered? How do you know that Republicans aren’t taking advantage of lax ID requirements?

 
At 4:35 PM, Anonymous Just the Facts! said...

"So keep PRETENDING the good guy liberals are to blame for all our troubles and spew your bullshit that the greedy capitalist pig conservatives are where it's at."

Ellis thinks I'm pretending liberals are to blame, what a half wit, I'm not pretending! I'm dead serious that they are. Can't thing of one liberal program that has worked like libtards said it would. The first problem with libtard programs is they just never seem to have enough of other peoples money to operate the way they were supposed to.

 
At 4:43 PM, Blogger Ellis D., Esq. said...

The Kangaroo Supreme Court stole the 2000 election NOT voter fraud. Checks and Balances my ass....it is one establishment all in cahoots to screw the poor and middle class working folks. PERIOD !!!

 
At 5:35 PM, Blogger Harley A. said...

Ellis, I said "process issue" with the 2000 election. Process issue led to the courts getting involved - which I agree they never should have been. Some of the problems cited in that election (and others) was due to rolls being purged of felons or ex-convicts, where people with similar names were cast out as well. Seems to me a cool photo ID could have done away with some of the questionable shennanigans.

Again, how do you or Tom know that voter fraud is not a big problem?

 
At 7:12 PM, Anonymous Al Gore said...

Ellis D.

The 2000 election is history. Just get over it and the hanging chads!

I know you are still living in the "Days of Aquarius" and Woodstock, but you just going to have to suck it up and progress forward!

 
At 9:06 PM, Anonymous SlimJim said...

"Give a man a fish and he will eat today.

Give him a fish every day and he will vote democratic forever!"



JG that quote from the previous Tom Degan post really struck a nerve with you! You really went off on a tangent into outer space!

Should we abandon food produced by Corporations and "progress" to being farmers growing our own food?

You liberals are too dumb to grow your own food and I doubt if you would like to get dirt under your finger nails like red staters!

LOL on your response to how liberals keep themselves in power and people in slavery by throwing them free stuff!

 
At 9:10 PM, Anonymous Just the Facts! said...

I am surprised this got by eagle eyed Ellis, as it's great news for working Americans!

Madison, Wisc…] Earlier this month, analysts were dismayed by the nation’s anemic job creation numbers. On Thursday, state officials were pleased as they released data (http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/dwd/newsreleases/2011/unemployment/110721_june_state.pdf) that showed more than half of the net new jobs added in the US in June came from Wisconsin.

“We have made difficult decisions in our state, but they are beginning to payoff,” said Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R). “The national job figures remind us that we can not rest after one month of good news; while there will be ups and downs along the way, we must help lead the nation to recovery.”

Using seasonally adjusted data, the 12,900 private-sector jobs created in June marks the largest one-month gain in Wisconsin since September 2003. The state’s net new job gain for June is 9,500 jobs, more than half of the nation’s net gain of 18,000 jobs for the same month.


More PATHETIC greedy capitalist pig conservatives, screwing the poor and middle class working folks. PERIOD!

 
At 9:18 PM, Blogger Bennett said...

Tom, I thought of you today while listening to a program that described what ALEC is up to on a state by state level, and your topic du jour is dead on.

Please take the time to listen to today's Fresh Air @

http://www.npr.org/2011/07/21/138537515/how-alec-shapes-state-politics-behind-the-scenes

The push for voting ID is their baby, and it's exactly how you describe it.

Thanks, and keep up the good work.

Bennett

 
At 9:44 PM, Blogger peppylady (Dora) said...

Isn't the song title actual "Won't You Come Home, Bill Baily" I'm even totally clueless who Bill Baily is, I know about Jim Crow.

I have to say we live in Interesting times. I know have a pretty good ideal what the far right wants to do and it's not pretty.
Actual it right down scary and most of them will be sucked right down to and they don't see it.

Coffee is on

 
At 10:13 PM, Blogger killing Mother said...

Great post Tom. We are already experiencing the effects of the Grand Old Party down here in NC with our new Republican Legislature. Don't forget those college students now. My 3 liberal kids will all now have to leave their respective colleges and come home (a 6 hour drive for the one at Chapel Hill) if they want to vote in 2012. How likely is that to happen in the last month before exams?

 
At 10:14 PM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

The enemies of democracy are emboldened by GOP/Diebold voting machines, voter disenfranchisment, and corporate cronies on the Supreme Court. They will fight dirtier and dirtier the more they fear losing in a fair election.

Corporatist Republicanism will destroy democracy if enough Americans don't wake up to the growing tyranny of the minority.

If we end corporate personhood and money as free speech, we just might stand a chance saving our democracy.

 
At 11:17 PM, Blogger Harley A. said...

killing Mother -

Interesting concern coming from the most Democratic-favoring gerrymandered state in the nation.

 
At 11:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Using seasonally adjusted data, the 12,900 private-sector jobs created in June marks the largest one-month gain in Wisconsin since September 2003. The state’s net new job gain for June is 9,500 jobs, more than half of the nation’s net gain of 18,000 jobs for the same month.

 
At 8:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

LBJ, isn't he the first President to borrowed from S.S.in order to pay for his Great Society programs? Isn't he the President who borrowed from S.S. in order to pay for his Vietnam War?
Didn't he borrow from S.S. so he wouldn't have to raise taxes and expose to the people the true cost of his war and social programs?
Isn't it odd that with in 10 years of this borrowing the first concerns about S.S. stability popped up?
Must have been those dirty rotten conservatives who caused all of that.

 
At 8:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom,

As always you are right on some points such as the fact that the Republicans no longer mention Abe Lincoln or Teddy Roosevelt in any literature that they hand out but then again who really does the Democrats mention from their history other than FDR for obvious reasons since we are truyly living in similiar times but unfortunately I think that is as far as history repeating itself will go since OBama is no FDR. One additional point that never ceases to bug me and this applies to both political parties, whens the last time you saw a political sign that indicated what party a give candidate was affliated with? Hell there is no relevant information found on any of these eye pollutants anymore not even a election date for crying out loud. Its almost like they only want those in the know to vote, If you don't know what party they belong to or happen to recall the primary or general election day they don't want your vote? Is that the message? And again this applies to both sides.

Be well,

Tom V.

 
At 11:47 AM, Blogger Ellis D., Esq. said...

Just The Facts....So do any of these so called jobs created in WI pay a LIVING WAGE ?? Are any of these " jobs " full time with BENEFITS ?? Or are they minimum wage part time sucker jobs that a worker needs 3 or 4 of to make ends meet ?? Yeah greedy capitalist pigs create " jobs " that benefit THEM, not the exploited workers.

 
At 2:59 PM, Anonymous boltok said...

Another thought on your concern about disenfranchised voters on the left. At lease for the 2012 election, it is not going to make any difference. President Sockpuppet and the liberal jackasses in the Senate will be envious of Walter Mondale's presidential election results. It's not going to matter if some Tar Heel takes his mouth off the bong and drives down to see mommy and vote.

T-472

 
At 3:10 PM, Anonymous Just the Facts! said...

"So do any of these so called jobs created in WI pay a LIVING WAGE ?? Are any of these " jobs " full time with BENEFITS ?? Or are they minimum wage part time sucker jobs that a worker needs 3 or 4 of to make ends meet."
Gee Ellis, didn't the libtards get all wet and excited last month when McDonald held a job fair for 50,000 jobs.
But I think the important thing to note here is you are too lazy to answer your own question through the internet. Figures.

 
At 4:39 PM, Blogger Ellis D., Esq. said...

Just the Facts....you brought it up so YOU should answer the question. I barely have time to spar with you idiots on this blog.....I WORK for a living though that might shock you. BTW... I would never get excited about 50,000 McJobs. No one should eat that poison and it's a shame that all many folks can afford in this once affluent nation is the dollar menu. Let them eat double cheeseburgers says John Antoinette Bonehead one of your fearless crybaby leaders. You folks are a sick joke and getting sicker every day.

 
At 5:48 PM, Blogger Someone who cares.... said...

I just can't say it enough.....I LOVE YOUR BLOG!! it's unfortunate that some of your followers don't seem to get your point, however I will applaud them for NOT getting ALL of their political garbage from FOX news. But I digress.....it's shameful that there are STILL some people that think voter I'D laws are NOT restrictive. Illegal immigrants voting? Most won't even seek medical attention when they are sick! Why the $%*# would they vote? Anyway....can't fix stupid.

 
At 8:49 PM, Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

Someone Who Cares.....

I had a rather bad day. What a nice thing to go to bed having your words ringing in my ears.

It IS worthwhile!

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Tom Degan

 
At 9:21 PM, Anonymous Jim Crow said...

We will never get off the plantation while the Democrats keep us in slavery by throwing us free fish every day!

 
At 9:37 PM, Anonymous Just the Facts! said...

Just the FACTS Ellis, Just the facts.

You work were they don't test for drugs as a condition of employment?

 
At 9:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh good, yet another leftist blog by yet another drunken Mick

 
At 11:25 PM, Blogger Mack Lyons said...

Notice how liberal blogs are being flooded with anonymous and unregistered assholes who troll and spew anti-liberal bullshit all over the comments pages, while most conservative blogs aren't seeing nearly the same, if any amount of vitriol from liberals. Perhaps us liberals simply don't have the free time one can devote to spewing nonsense all day, every day on conservative blogs. Or perhaps we have too much common sense and rationality to engage in that crap. Or maybe most of those conservative blogs engage in some pretty stringent moderation.

"Anyway, there are no rules here. If you feel like saying "Tom Degan is the biggest jackass on the planet earth", go for it. You will not be deleted. Just try to be kind to each other, okay?"

Heh, these jokers aren't even trying, Tom. But this is your house, after all.

 
At 8:44 AM, Blogger john said...

Thankyou Tom, great blog, you are a true patriot.

 
At 10:24 AM, Blogger Ellis D., Esq. said...

Just the Facts.....I'd NEVER work for anyone that would invade my PRIVACY by requiring drug testing. See I value LIBERTY, after all it is one our CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS !! What I do on my time is MY business. So FUCK OFF asshole. You con-jobs love to try to control other folks autonomy, one of conservatives many personality disorders.

 
At 4:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like some one (Ellis) is having a baaaaaaaaaad day, must have gotten short on his favorite supply of natures best.
Sounds like he doesn't work a real Union job, so he must be one of those armchair liberal lawyer types.

 
At 5:23 PM, Blogger Leslie Parsley said...

Boltox: "Given the insatiable appetite for government handouts and the propensity of the democrats to seek out all such public charity, you can be certain that every democrat will be accounted for."

As usual, you are absolutely full of crapola.

Most food stamps go to southern rural republican areas. How many "small government tea partiers are on food stamps - with the highest food stamp usage in the entire U.S. in Owsley county Kentucky which is 99.2% white and 90% Republican.

Here's an interactive map.

http://www.nytimes.com/interac​tive/2009/11/28/us/20091128-fo​odstamps.html

I live in an apt. complex where over half of the tenants receive government assistance. Without exception they are all Tea Baggers and absolutely hate the government.

 
At 5:28 PM, Anonymous George said...

“Obama is not the new FDR, but the new Gorbachev.”

Beneath the tattered, fading banner of reactionary liberalism, Obama struggles to sustain a doomed system. Democrats’ dependency agenda — swelling the ranks of government employees, multiplying government-subsidized industries, enveloping ever-more individuals in the entitlement culture — is buckling under an intractable contradiction: It is incompatible with economic growth sufficient to create enough wealth to feed the multiplying tax eaters.

 
At 9:32 AM, Blogger Peter Fegan said...

A brilliant and passionate piece Tom. I'm sure you've heard of the Brennan Center of Justice, which found just four cases of attempted voter fraud in over 9 million ballots cast.

Wow, I can see why the GOP is all up in arms. That's a jaw dropping 44 one millionth of one percent. So says our good buddy, Stephen Colbert. Check out this segment he did on his show. Hysterical and sadly true.

Keep up the good work,

Peter Fegan

http://www.spiritofaprogressive.blogspot.com/


http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/07/colbert_on_voter_id_laws_why_not_only_let_gop_lawm.php

 
At 9:47 AM, Anonymous boltok said...

Leslie,
I understand that Repbulicans may also be government handout recipients in the same way that not every single democrat is a government parasite. What makes my proposal inefficient from a democrats perspective is that while achieving near 100% voter registration on the left, the percentage of registered republicans may also increase (and who would encourage that?). Don't make the perfect the enemy of the good.

 
At 5:14 PM, Anonymous Ron Baldwin said...

Florida's voter disenfranchisement laws are so extreme that the League of Woman Voters will no longer register voters.

Those laws were passed by a Legislature with a veto-proof majority of Republicans (more than two thirds). Yet there are more than 600,000 registered Democrats than registered Republicans in Florida.

How can this happen? In a word, gerrymandering.

Well that boat is about to leave the dock. In 2010 (a very Republican year) more than 63% of the voters passed two "Fair Districts" Constitutional Amendments that "neither favor nor disfavor any political party or incumbent" among other requirements.

The Republican Legislature has $30 million appropriated to fight legal challenges in the current redistricting process, which must comply with the Fair Districts requirements. Imagine that. Using our tax dollars to fight those who want Fair Districts.

The world has truly turned upside down.

 
At 5:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yawn, this is a real exciting blog you got here Tom.

 
At 4:20 AM, Blogger andiejen said...

Just coming on for the first time.

Bounced over from boston.com where Tom is a member I found intriguing, to say the least.

Went thru quite a few comments.

The ones by Ellis, Esq stand out right now.

Hope to be back to contribute my own thoughts when it is not the middle of the night.

 
At 11:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

andiejen,
You need to know that Ellis is pretty unpredictable as he is a very heavy dope user. By his own admission.

 
At 9:36 AM, Blogger Ellis D., Esq. said...

Anonymous...pure inference on your part. All I ever stated are my beliefs.. I never outright " admitted " to doing anything illegal. My comments stand out because they express the truth, something you con-jobs don't know the meaning of !!

 
At 7:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ellis D is for the legalization of drugs, but not because he is worried about getting caught. We all know he has been smoking dope for a long long time.

No people, Ellis D is for the legalization of drugs since a free market would drive prices for dope way down. This would allow Ellis D to be stoned 365/7/24!

 
At 11:20 PM, Anonymous James said...

Hey Anonymous,you sure do post a lot of useless bullshit. Why don't you do something useful like suck a wet fart out of my ass.!

 
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At 2:34 PM, Blogger Catharine said...

Ellis D... that barcode idea? STELLAR! Just cuz I think it would look cool.

I've given up on American "democracy". We're finished. Done. Over. The world belongs to the Just the Facts (who the hell is Dave, by the way?) and the boltoks. They're running the sorry, sorry tea party show.

I'm saving up for the big move somewhere where people actually read books and learn shit.

Not sure where that is, but I'm pretty sure it's not the US of A anymore.

~A~

 

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