I’m shocked! shocked!
that votes are being suppressed!
It’s because of voting. Or rather, the inalienable right to vote. Which every U.S. citizen age 18 or older is supposed to have – with a few limitations. Such as being on death row. But other than that it should be pretty easy to cast a ballot. At least according to the constitution.
Which is the problem.
Some people think it’s too easy to exercise that fundamental right. Some people think it’s not enough to have to prove who you are and where you live when you register to vote (which is a mandatory prerequisite to being allowed to vote).
Instead, some people think casting a ballot should be harder to do than gaining entry to Fort Knox. Which, on second thought, might be too easy. So let’s make it more like getting admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music which, with the lowest college acceptance rate in the country, would mean that, for the most part, anyone who is not a privileged white person would have a better chance of getting into Fort Knox, being struck by lightening, or winning the lottery than getting to vote.
This is the point where Mrs. Higgins turns a striking shade of purple. Eggplant. Definitely the color of an eggplant. Because, as she has been teaching people for more years than she cares to admit, an inalienable right is something that people aren’t supposed to be able to alienate.
But Republicans are doing it anyway, requiring government-issued photo ID to be able to vote. And limiting early voting. And limiting voting by absentee ballot. And limiting who can register voters. All of which tends to make it harder to vote.
And even then it might still be too easy, so Republicans hire other Republicans to take all possible measures to protect Republicans. The only teensy-weensy problem with that being it’s against the law.
Which is why Republicans are now outraged by the attack on the voting rights of service members abroad. Who may be having trouble getting absentee ballots because of the new voter laws pushed through by the Republicans.
So they are doing what anyone in their situation would do: blame the Democrats. Because obviously the Commander-in-Chief is responsible because he’s conspiring with all the states to suppress military votes. Even if he’s not.
Because just as obviously, right-wing foundations which send out misleading information can be trusted to always tell the truth when their project staff by wild coincidence are members of completely non-partisan Koch-backed organizations like the Heritage Foundation who conveniently report the outrageous scandal that absentee-ballot requests by military personnel are down, even though the military reports the opposite.
But what does the military know – these are the people who couldn’t even find Bin Laden by themselves. They needed Mitt to do it for them.
Of course not.