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It is one thing when a conservative Republican doesn't know of - or acknowledge - the fierce battles black people have had to wage to get the right the vote.
I submit that it is just downright nauseating when a high profile "journalist" who professes to be a liberal doesn't appear to know or understand that history.

This morning, Joe Scarborough went after those who have dared to organize against the GOP's efforts to suppress the vote. How dare they call it racist, he demanded to know.

"You read the New York Times, and you read these other media outlets that, again, make politicians in North Carolina and Texas sound racist for just saying, 'Hey, you're going to need a picture ID to prove you are who you are,'" the conservative Republican said on his MSNBC "Morning Joe" program. "I'm reading all of these stories that talk about, basically, you're putting a white hood over the governor of North Carolina, putting a white hood over the entire Texas legislature," Scarborough continued, referencing some depictions of Republican lawmakers as if they were members of the Ku Klux Klan.

While the conservative Joe Scarborough ranted and raved about this horrible injustice of mischaracterization, the liberal Mika was caught vigorously nodding her head and as soon as the man allowed her a word in edgewise she added her two cents:

"Most Americans would think it's not racist to ask somebody to just have a picture ID. I think that this is a really healthy discussion that has been had out in the media in a completely one-sided way. And your side of it is a fair argument," she said, adding: "No one goes there because it's not PC."
http://www.newsmax.com/...

Uh? You are forgiven if you mistook that for a quote from the half-Governor from Alaska, Sarah Palin. No, that was our own ally, the liberal counterbalance to Joe Scarborough.
This from her Wiki page:

Mika Emilie Leonia Brzezinski is a liberal American television host and journalist. Brzezinski co-hosts MSNBC's weekday morning broadcast Morning Joe with former Republican representative Joe Scarborough.

I don't know about you, but I would have expected that Mika to take the time out to know about the issues which are important to liberals. I would have expected that she'd know about the Moral Monday Movement and The Dream Defenders and their stated missions. Surely there was a production meeting and she was at least informed about the topics to be discussed?

For whatever reason, the liberal representative on the Morning Joe Show does not know why we are angry at the Republicans attempt to fix an unbroken system. The liberal representative doesn't know that after POB's win in 2008, the GOP, under the guise of preventing voter fraud, began a concerted, coordinated attempt to disenfranchise groups within the Obama coalition...especially minority voters.

After the 2010 election, in more than a dozen states Republicans passed voting restrictions aimed at reducing the turnout of Obama’s “coalition of the ascendant”—young voters, African-Americans and Hispanics. The strategy didn’t work as intended. Ten major restrictive voting laws were blocked in court over the past year, and turnout among young, black and Latino voters increased as a share of the electorate in 2012 compared with 2008.
From Colin Powell
"You can say what you like, but there is no voter fraud," Powell said. "How can it be widespread and undetected? We want everybody to vote,’ and make it easier to vote and give them a reason to vote for the party, [whereas] not to find ways to keep them from voting at all "
According to Mother Jones, the new law, signed Monday by North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory:
prohibits same-day registration, ends pre-registration for 16- and 17-year-olds, eliminates one week of early voting, prevents counties from extending voting hours due to long lines (often caused by cuts in early voting) or other extraordinary circumstances, scratches college ID cards and other forms of identification from the very short list of acceptable state-issued photo IDs, and outlaws certain types of voter registration drives. , requires voters to show government-issued ID cards. It also shortens early voting by a week; ends same-day registration; increases the number of poll observers who can challenge a voter’s eligibility, and eliminates popular preregistration initiatives for high school students.
It's quite possibly the most restrictive voter ID bill in recent years, says Denise Leiberman, senior attorney for Advancement Project, a nonprofit civil rights organization.
If you agree with me that these are facts that anybody claiming to be a liberal should know, please join me in sending bits of information to MSNBC and its morning anchors.
You may contact Ms Brzezinski here.

Her twitter account is here.

Originally posted to JoanMar on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 06:20 PM PDT.

Also republished by Support the Dream Defenders.

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  •  Tip Jar (21+ / 0-)

    Maya Angelou: "Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest."

    by JoanMar on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 06:20:49 PM PDT

  •  I don't watch the show (13+ / 0-)

    because the few times I have, she's been nothing more than a token bobblehead, reminding me of a slightly more informed Elizabeth Hasselbeck. Like you, I  do a head shake that she's supposedly a liberal. She doesn't seem to challenge Scarborough's crap either as a liberal or as a woman.

    We view "The Handmaid's Tale" as cautionary. The GOP views it as an instruction book.

    by Vita Brevis on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 06:34:12 PM PDT

  •  I watch the weather channel (16+ / 0-)

    when Morning Joke is on.

    Can't take Joe or Mika.

    Join us on the Black Kos front porch to review news and views written from a black pov—everyone is welcome.

    by Denise Oliver Velez on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 06:39:26 PM PDT

  •  Mika is one of many conservatives who (14+ / 0-)

    play liberals on TV.

    We have only just begun and none too soon.

    by global citizen on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 06:41:24 PM PDT

  •  Goodbye Morning Joe and Mika (6+ / 0-)

    The final straw. Al Jazeera began here last week. i've switched. The good old boys club became intolerable with the exception of the visits from Zbigniew to set Joe straight.

    •  I have to start searching for (4+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      rubyr, Thomas Twinnings, Val, Brian B

      Al Jazeera channel here CT, Leighkidd.
      Thanks for the reminder.

      You mean this Zbigniew? lol! It never gets old.

      Maya Angelou: "Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest."

      by JoanMar on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 07:04:36 PM PDT

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    •  I'm impressed (0+ / 0-)

      with Al Jazeera America, watched some hard hitting news show there the other day.
      I've watched Al Jazeera in the mid east, and thought they had good reporting there, but was concerned about them maybe toning it down here.
      Pleasantly surprised so far.

      Severely Socialist 47283

      by ichibon on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 09:49:05 PM PDT

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  •  No cable available where I live. (5+ / 0-)

    Thanks for the information.

    I find it amazing that so many people, some I know very well and some in my own family have no problems with voter ID.  They seem oblivious as to why Republicans are pushing this and Democrats are fighting it.

    You see folks, Republicans don't want blacks, hispanics, and young college students to vote.  Voila!  Fewer Democratic votes.  

    Shave a few off here and a few there, and before you know it you have stolen an election.

    In the time it took Adam Lanza to reload, eleven children escaped. What if...

    by Sixty Something on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 06:56:09 PM PDT

  •  she reads the news (3+ / 0-)

    And pretends to be liberal to "counter" Joe. It's all an act. According to Scarborough she "plays the scold"... Donald Trump of all people actually called her out today on how much nicer she is off the air. Apparently they are friends who golf together

    Scarborough is way to controlling to allow a real liberal to co-host

  •  hey JoanMar this is a great diary (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    awcomeon, JoanMar, kuvasz, Rosalie907

    and topic. The Republican are trying to suppress the vote to buy themselves as much time as possible. They know the demographics are changing, and are stacked against them winning the White House..

    If they don't win the White House, they lose the SCOTUS. President Obama and the next President will get a few SCOTUS appointments. The next election will determine the makeup of the court for the next 30 years or so...

    That's why we must keep the Senate in 2014 and win the WH in 2016

    •  You got it, Joe. (1+ / 0-)
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      joedemocrat

      Only an informed electorate can put a stop to the GOP, Joe.
      That's why what Mika says is important.

      Maya Angelou: "Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest."

      by JoanMar on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 08:05:20 PM PDT

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    •  Don't forget 2020..... a census year. (1+ / 0-)
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      joedemocrat

      The focus then ought to be securing every state legislature possible for redistricting for congressional districts. And instead of simple redistricting I'd pass laws assigning future redistricting to professional demographers that will not rely on political influences.

      "There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realized until personal experience has brought it home." John Stuart Mill

      by kuvasz on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 08:51:40 PM PDT

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    •  Completely agree with you (3+ / 0-)
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      JoanMar, joedemocrat, buffie

      Especially after reading the interview Ruth Bader Ginsberg gave to the NY Times.  Additionally, my biggest fear in 2012 was that if Romney/Koch Brothers won and had to pick a candidate for SCOTUS we'd be up a creek.  My biggest hope now is that we take back the House and retain our majority in the Senate.  

      Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn.

      by Rosalie907 on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 09:08:08 PM PDT

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      •  I dunno...I sorta wish she'd resign now (2+ / 0-)
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        joedemocrat, buffie

        so that we get a chance to nominate her replacement.
        Just in case, you know.

        Maya Angelou: "Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest."

        by JoanMar on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 09:10:51 PM PDT

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        •  Let her stay as long as she can (1+ / 0-)
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          JoanMar

          And lets hope that Thomas, Scalia et al will resign Although they're both younger than Ginsberg I can dream.

          Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn.

          by Rosalie907 on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 09:43:59 PM PDT

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  •  why bother (1+ / 0-)
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    JoanMar

    seriously.  she should know better by now.

    if she does not she is just living in deliberate denial.

    who watches morning joke anyway?

    Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D.
    Drop by The Grieving Room on Monday nights for support in dealing with grief.

    by TrueBlueMajority on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 08:02:28 PM PDT

  •  Mika long ago succumbed to Stockholm Syndrome (1+ / 0-)
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    JoanMar

    from being bullied by misogynist Joe Scarborough.

    I haven't been able to watch that crap show for 2 years.

    "Privatize to Profitize" explains every single Republican economic, social and governing philosophy. Take every taxpayer dollar from defense, education, health care, public lands, retirement - privatize it, and profit from it.

    by mumtaznepal on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 08:04:50 PM PDT

  •  mika is so fake liberal (0+ / 0-)

    and  she has no clue too much of the time...joe rund her shyt..
    and yes voter id laws are the new jim crow....cause its not jsut he id....its the other crap all aroudn the id issue that they put in the legislation as well.............

    MJTaylor22--concerned citizen who believes in giving back.

    by mjtaylor22 on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 06:53:46 AM PDT

  •  Hmmm (0+ / 0-)

    On the one hand, I think what Mika does is more entertainment than news. I don't watch television news, but from the many transcripts I've read over the years, the show seems very scripted.

    On the other hand, I know a ton of actual white liberals here in NC who think the stuff she said out loud. Particularly white middle class liberals who can't imagine that there are millions of Americans living without ID cards.

    So even if Mika does actually know better, the people she was speaking to don't. This is one of my gigantic pet peeves with a lot of white middle class liberals. I was lucky enough to make it into the middle class thanks to my husband getting a job which eventually netted him a nice salary. But I still have to pinch myself sometimes at the fact that I'm not poor anymore.

    Having a conversation with someone who's never been poor about the fact that there is an entire class of Americans living life without an ID card without having to listen to stereotypes and "evidence" of poor people obviously having IDs because they need it to buy liquor is a rarity. And a strain on my blood pressure.

    Not to mention the fact that so many white people are oblivious to the fact that many older folks of color were never even given a birth certificate in certain regions in this country because they were born at home.

    And this isn't even getting into the fact that the stupid ID conversation covers up the other terrible, terrible aspects of the law. I guess that's the point.

    Thank you for this diary, and especially thank you for posting today! I'm actually home for the day waiting on repair guys to fix my kitchen so I actually had the chance to read diaries today. This one was definitely needed.

    Time is of no account with great thoughts, which are as fresh to-day as when they first passed through their authors' minds ages ago. - Samuel Smiles

    by moviemeister76 on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 08:39:07 AM PDT

  •  JoanMar, you have omitted (0+ / 0-)

    the information that makes the ID requirement so onerous and I would say unconstitutional. People don't know that. When they cite polls that say some 70% think it is reasonable to require IDs they don't have a clue what it means.

    First you have to go to the MVD office and there seems to be one per county — hours not specified and could well be limited. It costs at least a share of gas money to get there. And from what I can see, the IDs are good for one year and cannot be renewed on line. They need to be updated if your address changes.

    Then the ID proofs. They could be impossible.

    From the ncdot.gov website:

    Proof of Age & Identity
        •    You will need 2 documents from this category which provide your full name and date of birth. Listed below are acceptable documents you can use, provided they include your full name (including middle name). Documents that do not include a middle name will not be accepted.
    I have left out the details that don't matter and bolded some.
     
    Proof of Age & Acceptable Identity Documents
    Proof of age and identity includes providing your full name and date of birth.
    Listed below are acceptable documents you can use, provided they include your full name:.
        1.    Driver License Valid, unexpired Driver License or State-Issued Identification Card from another state,  ...
        2.    Birth Certificate Certified birth certificate issued by a government agency in the US, Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory or Canada, or U.S. Report of Consular Birth Abroad. 
No photocopies allowed, unless certified by issuing agency.
        3.    Original Social Security Card  ...
        4.    Tax forms Tax forms that reflects your full name and full SSN. 
W-2 or 1099
        5.    Motor Vehicle Driver’s Record Certified NC Motor Vehicle Record. 
Non-Certified NC Motor Vehicle Record . 
Certified Out-of-State Motor Vehicle Record. 

        6.    School Documents NC school transcript/registration signed by a school official, or diploma or GED from an NC school, community college or NC university. 

        7.    US Military ID Valid unexpired U.S. military ID, including DD-2, DD-214, or U.S. Military Dependents Card, U.S. Veteran Universal Access Card.
        8.    Passport Valid, unexpired passport from any nation.
        9.    Certified Marriage Certificate Certified marriage certificate from a Register of Deeds or government agency in the U.S, Puerto Rico, U.S. territories or Canada.
        10.    NC Limited Driving Privilege   ...
        11.    US Government Documents Valid, unexpired documents issued by the DHS/USCIS.
        ◦    An expired immigration document may be valid if accompanied by a letter from USCIS extending the expiration date (e.g. I-797).
        12.    Court Documents Court documents from US jurisdiction, Puerto Rico, US territories or Canada.
        ◦    Divorce decree.
        ◦    Court order for change of name or gender.
        ◦    Adoption papers.
        ◦    Certified Court order for child support.
    Now the problem is that most of these documents do NOT include the date of birth. But they all cost money.  That becomes a poll tax.

    And the birth certificate won't be proof if you changed your name — as most married women did especially the elderly women.

    Marriage certificates don't contain your married name and don't always ask your date of birth. So that won't help.

    Tax forms are limited to W2s or 1099s, neither of which would have your date of birth so they really won't help, beside many elderly or poor don't get these documents. And I've never seen a birthdate on any of my transcripts. So, though they are listed I don't see how they would help.

    School transcripts cost money and rarely have birth dates on them. Besides they won't help if you changed your name by marriage after schooling.

    The #11 is for non citizens

    And none of the court documents are likely to have a birth date except possibly the name change. They all cost money — especially if you have to file for a name change to justify taking a husband's name — for ID purposes.

    They require you to submit your papers with a middle name. What if you don't have a middle name?

    Since I don't have a middle name and I change my name post marriage and I dropped various middle names I would be out of luck if I didn't have a drivers license.

    It is funny that they won't take student IDs but accept as ID forms college transcripts!

    You also have to show proof of residency and that you are registered to vote.

    But can you register to vote if you are not eligible to vote unless you get an ID?

    Most people polled on this or even discussing it think "ID, sounds reasonable" so it is up to us to always explain that the requirements to get a "free" ID are costly, onerous, and sometimes impossible.

    I did not see anything on the NCDOT site about absentee voting. Do they even have it?

    I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ... *I'm asking you to believe in yours.* Barack Obama

    by samddobermann on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 05:02:37 AM PDT

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