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Sometimes I have to admire the antidemocratic antics of the loony right fringe groups.

Now in the US nearly all citizens  have a right to vote [I call it a duty to vote] unless they are disenfranchised due to a criminal record.

Between 2 and 4 million Americans were unable to vote in the last election because of problems with their registration. And that's just people who tried to vote; in 2006, there were more than 65 million who were eligible to vote, but weren't even registered. That's a third of potential voters.

Now their premise goes that enabling everyone to vote is undemocratic a communist plot even.

80% earning over $100K are registered to vote
60% earning less than $25K are registered to vote.

Now you just know registering everyone is going to give the Democratic Party a 1000 year hegemony it stands to reason, no?

So for our right wing loons the biggest danger to democracy is democracy itself.

Now you have to be an American citizen to vote in our elections, however they always scream about illegal immigrants voting.

Funny that is what Universal registration is designed to prevent, point this out and all you hear is ACORN.

Now who has woken up these electoral cowards, why Barney Frank and Chuck Schumer of course.

Horowitz is just an authoritarian loon


It's all a communist PLOT!

Its a conspiracy to disenfranchise all right thinking Patriotic wingnuts I tell ya!

Hell its nearly as bad as the constitutional requirement for a census!

OMG are they the same!?!




Summary of Their Theory

Voter registration is good for the Democratic Party

Disenfranchisement is good for the Republican Party

There is nothing new in this:



The Republican Party should fight to disenfranchise as many Americans as possible.

Leftist groups are already arguing that universal voter registration will solve all the problems with our voting system. But the left created most of these problems. The radical leftist Nation Magazine, for example, absolutely loves the idea of universal voter registration. This is the same magazine, however, that advanced Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven's Manufactured Crisis strategy. The Cloward/Piven strategy was designed to undermine government institutions by overwhelming them with impossible demands for services. Cloward and Piven focused on welfare, housing, and voting as the main targets of this strategy, and the radical group ACORN was specifically created for the purpose of executing it.

Yep; it's poor people's fault for needing government assistance and the very fact of needing this safety net will make them vote for the Democratic Party.

What they fail to note however it is their policies that have generated this situation by creating the largest wealth gap in nearly a century.

Automatic, mandatory voter registration and tracking strikes me not only as a bureaucratic nightmare, but also ideologically unsound. I’m with John Stossel: Some people just shouldn’t be voting. Leave ‘em alone.

Just  one thing Michelle:

Being registered to vote does not mean you have to vote, some countries do require a reason not to vote, even then you can leave the ballot blank. As for the rst of your quote; nice elitist twaddle.


Nothing apparently scares the right wing more than people exercising their constitutional rights and carrying out their civic responsibilities.

My Advice to the right:

Since you don't like Democracy

And you don't like Government

So why not just stop voting?


Move to Somalia.


Or would you really prefer to return to this situation?

Since you are using the same rhetoric now as then:



Guess who stopped that rot

Those of us who stand up for everyone civil rights.

cartoon me

Originally posted to LaFeminista on Sun Jan 17, 2010 at 04:14 AM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Nothing worries the right wing more (25+ / 0-)

    than people going out to vote.

    Oh no, the dead have risen and they're voting Republican. - Lisa Simpson

    by LaFeminista on Sun Jan 17, 2010 at 04:13:53 AM PST

  •  I'm going out to walk the dogs (4+ / 0-)

    I'll reply to any comments [if any] when I get back in a couple of hours.

    Newfies take some walking.

    Oh no, the dead have risen and they're voting Republican. - Lisa Simpson

    by LaFeminista on Sun Jan 17, 2010 at 04:48:56 AM PST

  •  Pat the pups for us. (5+ / 0-)

    Great diary. As a former poll worker and in 2004, Ohio a poll monitor, i have a few ideas about improving our election process:  

    1. Mandatory training for all poll workers on local election law. (i can't tell you how many times i've witnessed or heard about workers telling people the wrong information simply because they don't know the law in their area.)
    1.  Enforce the law requiring employers to give employees time off to vote, or not penalizing employees for tardiness because they voted before work.
    1.  Make Election Day a national holiday, this isn't my idea. a lot of people have advocated for this.
    1.  Impose a small fine on people who don't vote, Australia does this. I know a lot of "libertarians" will scream about this but we require people to pay taxes, report to jury duty. I feel this is just another requirement of citizenship.
    1.  Vote by Mail - i know, everybody is jump down my throat on this but people - you haven't lived until you've voted in your jammies w/ a cup of coffee and bagel in the comfort of your living room. This will end Diebold's hold on our election process, and taxpayer money. And if the gov't is unwilling to make Election day a national holiday, this might help people whose employers don't obey the law.

    "Politics is the entertainment branch of Industry" - Frank Zappa

    by blueoregon on Sun Jan 17, 2010 at 08:45:45 AM PST

    •  Absolutely. Election day as a National Holiday. (4+ / 0-)

      I recommend Veterans Day as a combo honor the vets by voting.

      The problems we encounter with voting is local elections where people have moved, changed names, aged enough to be eligible, which causes precinct level problems. Disqualification for voting for the nominees for the local sewer improvement disctrict restrict your rights to vote for President. Perhaps we should have voter registration for National Elections only with proof of address required to vote local elections, issues.

      What we learn from History: History repeats itself. History never repeats itself. Histories lessons are always ignored.

      by Hector Gonzalez on Sun Jan 17, 2010 at 09:01:54 AM PST

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    •  Vote by mail (0+ / 0-)

      It is amazing how well VBM works.  At least here in Oregon it does (100% VBM).

      We get ballots about 2 weeks before "election day", and the voter's pamphlet a few days earlier. if you're no longer living where you registered, you don't get a ballot; ballots are NOT forwarded.  (You can go down to the elections office and fix your address and pick up a ballot though.)

      You can read the voter's pamphlet and make your selections at a time convenient to you.  I usually spend about 15-30 minutes on it.  You can either mail the ballot back or drop it off at library or local elections office.  

      All ballots have to be at the election's office by 8PM election day to be counted, so there's no waiting for the pony express after election day.

      During the balloting window, we get daily reports from the Secty of State's office identifying which voters have returned their ballots; that goes into the Voter File (VAN) and comes off everyone's GOTV lists immediately.  Vote early: no phone calls.

      I recommend it!

      Hi. I'm from Portland, and it's probably raining here.

      by J Orygun on Mon Jan 18, 2010 at 01:34:43 PM PST

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      •  And.. (0+ / 0-)

        • no polling places to find and staff
        • no expensive unreliable voting machines
        • paper trail because you actually marked a ballot
        • way cheaper to run

        Hi. I'm from Portland, and it's probably raining here.

        by J Orygun on Mon Jan 18, 2010 at 01:43:28 PM PST

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