To be fair and balanced, Hillary did castigate folks - including Governors - who are behind the rise in state legislated Voter ID laws and this, I suspect, is why the Republicans are so outraged.  But expanding voter rights? Allowing more time for people to vote? Making it easier for 18 year-olds to register to vote? This is somehow contrary to the Constitution or some sort of egregious overreach by the government?  No.  I think not.  But here’s what Hillary’s Republican opponents had to say about the proposal (cue outrage):

Ohio Governor John Kasich called Clinton’s proposal “demagoguery” and she seeks to “divide” Americans

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie called Clinton’s proposal an opportunity to commit voter fraud

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry said that Texas Voter ID law wasn’t discriminatory.

Governor Scott Walker notes that "her plan “defies logic” adding, “Clinton’s extreme views are far outside the mainstream.”

One would think that the evil Hillary had proposed to ban the sale of AR-15’s with 100 round ammunition clips given the outrageously outrageous outrage it has spawned.  On the other hand, it appears that outside the Republican passel of folks vying to be the next presidential candidate, i.e. you and me, Hillary's proposal is being greeted with approbation.  

I suspect we will have more responses from Republicans to Clinton’s call for ensuring that Americans who do want to vote will have the opportunity to do so.   In fact, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie appeared on CBS This Morning (an excellent program BTW) reiterating the voter fraud propaganda.  But the context for Clinton’s remarks bear some attention.  Thirty- three or thirty-four states - depending on how one interprets these laws I guess - in the United States of America have enacted Voter ID laws.  The Republican Party pols understand that they cannot win an election based on a one man/one vote formulation any longer.  So they have taken to “legal” measures to shore up the sagging Republican voter base by such techniques as gerrymandering and Voter ID laws.  

Anyone who has not been in a coma over the past few elections cycles recognizes that the red state enacted Voter ID laws are not designed to prevent voter fraud.   Even Bill Maher last night referenced the same study I do that shows that from 2000 until 2012 only 10 cases of voter fraud out of 240,000 million votes (my guess but it’s some similar vast number if not precisely this one) cast would have been prevented by the current Voter ID laws.  My research was a couple of years ago and it wasn’t easy finding voter fraud studies.  Today if you Google “Studies About Voter Fraud” you will find pages and pages of entries that essentially conclude that Voter ID Laws have no relevance in countering actual cases of voter fraud since someone showing up at your local polling place pretending to be someone else just doesn't happen all that much.  Or statistically: Never. 

For me, I applaud Clinton for her remarks and her proposal.  Those of us with even marginally functioning brain matter are able to discern propaganda from facts and understand precisely what the national Red State Voter ID campaign is all about.  And it is extremely anti-democratic and attacks what is one of the most fundamental constitutional rights that we as American citizens possess – the right to vote to choose whom we want to represent us. 
As Hillary so pithily and eloquently stated: "What part of democracy are they afraid of?" 

But the right wing’s reaction to this un-American, un-patriotic, Socialist, Communist takeover plot by Hillary Clinton also shows exactly why Clinton has held off talking to reporters and news outlets and held off in making public pronouncements.  Anything, it seems, that comes out her mouth will be ipso-facto decried by right wingers and Republicans as some sort of evil leftist plot against America.

Perhaps this strategically intelligent move on her part could be extended for a time so that we don’t have to hear such nonsense like we’ve heard from Chris Christie, Rick Perry, John Kasich, Scott Walker and their ilk for the past two days.   I’m thinking she ought to remain silent until maybe next summer. 

Have a good day.  

Postscript:  This morning’s Washington Post included a long tribute to two young recent college graduates who died in a house fire in Dupont Circle a couple of days ago.  It really is a very moving and poignant piece and I was going to comment thusly but there was no comment section at the end of the article.  Perhaps the Post doesn’t allow comments on obituary type articles.  But I want to congratulate the team of writers who produced this lovely tribute.  They are to be congratulated. 

If you are interested: 


Popular posts from this blog