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Monday, October 24, 2016

The fight for voting rights didn’t begin and end with the civil rights movement of the ’50s and ’60s. With the midterm elections just over one week away, minorities across the country are still battling discriminatory voter suppression laws that could prevent hundreds of thousands of U.S. citizens from exercising their right to vote. 

In Blackballed: The Black Vote and U.S. DemocracyAmerican novelist, playwright, and essayist Darryl Pinckney explains that despite some Republicans’ best efforts, black Americans have no intention of ceding their hard-won rights. In the excerpt below, Pinckney explains why conservative legislatures are trying to keep minorities from the voting booth — and how it could backfire on them. 

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We complained all that summer of the 2012 campaign about the amount of e-mail, but the electronic barrage turned out to have been a manifestation of a sophisticated, secretly confident campaign. The advantage that the Republican Party had when awash with the mailing lists of the Christian Right all those Lee Atwater and Karl Rove years ago had gone with the changes in the technology of mass communication. As a consequence, Obama’s campaign had something of the insurgent atmosphere of going over the heads of politicians to speak directly to the people. Obama surprised a number of people during the 2012 campaign when he logged on to the entertainment, news, and social-networking website Reddit.

The 2012 election told us that the Solid South of the Republicans was weakening because of the changed demographics of the region, including the fact that black people have been moving back down to the Old Country for the first time since World War II. They are leaving northern cities and towns. The West is speaking Spanish; openly gay men and lesbians are being counted as 5 percent of the electorate. Blacks outvoted whites. In response, the right wing has reverted to the customs of voter suppression and attempts to redraw districts, and succeeded in passing legislation that made photo IDs mandatory for voting in many states.

At the time of the 2012 presidential election, thirty-one states had some kind of photo ID requirement for voters; seven had less strict laws; five states had such laws under judicial review; and four had tough measures in place. It was not easy for some segments of the population to get the ID, something middle-class lawmakers seemed to have a hard time believing. Photo ID requirements were not only a factor down South.

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld Indiana’s voter ID law in 2008. But when Pennsylvania’s Republican legislature and governor enacted a strict new photo ID law in 2012, a judge granted a temporary injunction against its implementation on the grounds that to try to put it into effect so soon before the election would most likely result in the disqualification of eligible voters. A federal court in Texas struck down its voter ID law in the summer of 2012 because it would impose “unforgiving burdens on the poor.” Republicans in Wisconsin lamented that if it had had a voter ID law, Romney would have won the state.

Word leaked out of Florida that the Republicans tried to stop early voting, because the indications were that it was going in Obama’s favor. Ta-Nehisi Coates maintained in his blog for The Atlantic Monthly shortly after the 2012 election that voter suppression backfired in Ohio, that trying to confine early voting to weekdays only made people more determined to cast their votes. What is good for minorities is good for the nation as a whole. The civil rights movement had given the U.S. a way to escape McCarthyism. Now the civil rights movement must become a human rights movement. It is altogether striking that on election day Twitter kept up morale among people who resolved not to be moved, no matter the length of the line or the hour. In a story on Obama’s techno power, U.S. News & World Report listed Flickr, Digg, LinkedIn, and Myspace among several websites that figured in his having had so much more influence in social media than his opponent.

In The Audacity of Hope, the traditions of Congress and how it is supposed to legislate matter to Obama. He almost sounds like a good old boy thrilled to walk the corridors of power. Then came legislative battles as seen from the Oval Office—and Obama deployed Twitter. Similar instant-message pressure from constituents influenced the congressional vote on health care, raising the possibility that the digital age could bring the direct democracy that the Founding Fathers mistrusted, which is why we have the strangeness of the Electoral College to begin with.

We had been waiting since 1972 for the youth vote— white youth—to show up. Facebook told us that the young—white kids—finally had and that social media such as Facebook probably did as much if not more to get out this vote than knocking on doors did. Facebook was studying the effects of its campaign applications and found that it may have delivered as many as 320,000 new young voters to the polls in 2012. It predicted that because of its apps, these young voters would become habitual voters sympathetic to the Democratic Party. The friend list seemed beyond Republican reach. The White House’s and Obama’s Facebook and Twitter accounts are among the most followed in the world.

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In a documentary made in 1963, James Baldwin can be seen talking to unemployed black youth in San Francisco. In answer to their hopelessness, he insists that they can be anything they set their minds to. “There will be a Negro president of this country, but it will not be the country we are sitting in now,” Baldwin assures them. He was right. “Dear White America, You are not alone. Yours sincerely, the Dreadful Sundry of the World.” A week after the 2012 election, The New York Times published graphs charting the blocs of voters Obama had won—women, the under-thirties, blacks, Asians, Hispanics, gay people, the unmarried, working mothers of young children, people with graduate degrees, people without high school diplomas, Jews, Catholics, people in big cities, and poor people.

Social questions do not advance uniformly. For instance, few heroes of the civil rights era had sexual politics that today would be considered progressive. In 1964, Stokely Carmichael made his infamous remark that the only position of women in the SNCC was “prone” and we’re not surprised by his black macho, even if his defenders say that that was not the real Stokely. However, we are surprised that it was Bayard Rustin who blocked having a woman speaker at the March on Washington in 1963. According to Dorothy Height’s memoir, Open Wide the Freedom Gates (2003), Rustin argued that black women would be represented because they were already active in the organizations sponsoring the march. We might think that because Rustin was gay and other civil rights figures conspired to sideline him, he should have had Baldwin’s sensitivity to black women’s history.

After the 2012 election, I thought that Republicans would hurl themselves onto the Latino vote, like seals slamming into a bright big school of fish, especially in Texas, which is 38 percent Hispanic and where one in five Hispanics in America lives. But in 2012 the Hispanic vote was 48 percent of those eligible, down from 49.9 percent in 2008. More Hispanics are registered as Democrats than as Republicans. Yet these days the newspapers report Latino disillusionment with the electoral process. This detachment may be related to how unwelcome white-controlled institutions can make a Latino person feel. A friend of mine who teaches primary school in Los Angeles County was stunned when the school’s principal told her that the salaries of the special tutors she proposed for her Spanish-speaking students would come from her paycheck. It is not entirely clear that the Republicans want the Hispanic vote to increase, though immigration is maybe an issue they could get their right wing to compromise on.

However, women’s issues are, for reasons of prejudice, past discussion for most conservatives. Women were more of a voting bloc in 2012. Women were openly voting in women’s interests, and therefore voting against the Republican platform. The increase in the black vote in 2012 to 66 percent of those eligible was due to a high turnout among black women. The Census Bureau tells us that there are fifty-three million unmarried women in the U.S. They alone comprise 25 percent of the electorate. Stop, children, what’s that sound. Everybody look what’s going down, I heard. I assumed it was Hillary, the forty-fifth president, coming around the mountain.

I have a few hip friends, black and white, who didn’t vote in 2012. They have never voted since I’ve known them, citizens who say that it makes no difference which major party wins. The matter of which political party gets to appoint judges doesn’t mean the same thing to them that it does to most black people. There is no such thing as not voting, David Foster Wallace said. It’s the faith I grew up in. I lied to my parents in 1980 about having voted, a year when I was too out of it to walk one city block to register.

But in the faith I grew up in, a central tenet holds that American justice is on our side. Tocqueville and the Whig interpretation of history are on our side. America stands for progress, of which the expansion and defense of democracy have been a necessary part. The U.S. has a lot to answer for, starting with the “a slave is only three-fifths of a person” formula that the Founding Fathers came up with. Some might start with the displacement or decimation of the tribal nations that were already here. But the historical truth and the Constitution will agree in the long run. It is a document with a conscience. We just have to show up every two years. This is what my father and my mother taught my sisters and me.

I used to think it was funny that when my parents first voted in the suburban township where we moved in 1966, the polling station was in a country club that didn’t even admit Jews. Now I see my mother make a face and dismiss the situation as nothing. I’d never thought what a humiliating experience that might have been for her, she who did not believe in black country clubs either.

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Reprinted from Blackballed: The Black Vote and U.S. Democracy by Darryl Pinckney with permission from New York Review Books, 2014

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  • hicusdicus

    If a person in this country can’t figure out how to get a photo ID how are they going to figure out who to vote for and why. It would also help reduce voter fraud. If there is voter fraud there is no true democracy.

    • Allan Richardson

      You are obviously not aware that the ID laws in question do not ask for just ANY ID, such as you might show in a store. They require NEW CARDS for people who have not driven, or flown overseas, for a number of years if ever, and the NEW cards require a raised seal birth certificate, which is NOT ISSUED by some states any longer (remember, the voter may be living across the nation from their birth state), or if ordered by mail has a long lead time to get it. Voters whose births were not registered (the very old, for example) have NO WAY to get a birth certificate.

      Then they require a trip to the agency (DMV, for example) issuing the new ID cards, and the SAME SESSIONS of the legislatures which passed the ID-to-vote law ALSO cut back staffing, budgets and hours for those agencies, and moved their locations to where people using public transportation cannot travel. And invalids living in nursing or assisted living homes would have to pay for paramedical/nursing care during the trip, even if it is a local trip. How much does a nurse/paramedic, ambulance and driver cost for 8 hours (the agencies already have waiting lines, and they are NOT going to see you sooner just because two or three people you are paying by the hour have to stay with you).

      It is unconstitutional to require a voter to SPEND MONEY in order to be able to vote; this is a poll tax, which was outlawed by amendment in the 1960s. And since you mentioned “no true democracy,” if you have laws which put unreasonable obstacles in front of many THOUSANDS of citizens who SHOULD be allowed to vote, in order to catch a POSSIBLE dozen voting impostors, how can you call THAT a true democracy? Even in baseball, a tie goes to the runner, not the player trying to tag him out.

      • hicusdicus

        We are democratic republic I think, Maybe. I guess you say putting gas in your car could be considered a poll tax, I think. Who????? can live on day to day basis with out any ID. A dozen voting imposters, You having fun trying to jerk me around? You are proof positive that this nation is in big trouble. If one is to incapacitated to get ID then they are to incapacitated to knowledgeably chose a candidate I think,Maybe. I hope you get what you want and I hope I live long enough to see it. It should be very entertaining.

        • sleepvark

          hicusdicus, your failed education is showing. Have you never learned the difference between to and too? Or even two? I know English is difficult for foreigners and those who are just plain mentally challenged. I would wonder which group you belong to, but your rants leave absolutely no doubt.

          • hicusdicus

            Other than being rude, what are you talking about? Grammar policing and name calling is immature, do you fall into that category? I did have a failed education I went to public school till I had to drop out to support my siblings. I will try to catch up when I can. Railing on about something you know nothing about could be considered a rant. Fortunately no one cares about your opinions or mine. If you are satisfied with the current state of things then you must be happy. Being happy is the ultimate emotion. But if TSHTF how will you handle it?

          • sleepvark

            hicusdicus, I’m just doing you the curtesy of pointing out your bad grammar. Perhaps you can learn from it and refrain from making similar mistakes in the future. You do a disservice to whatever you are advocating by writing as if you never got past 3rd grade. There’s no excuse for such sloppiness. An education is something that is self imposed. You can’t blame the system for your failures.
            Man up, if you are a man and not some whimpering little girl, and take responsibility for yourself.
            I really don’t care about your hurt feelings. Thicken up your skin a bit, and if you can’t stand the heat, get the hell out of the kitchen.

          • hicusdicus

            You haven’t got the IQ to hurt my feelings. Where do you come up with your drivel? I am 80 years old been in combat have three bullet holes in me, pronounced DOA. Made 2 million dollars and retired at 38. You sound like the cliche king plus the fact that you are still rude. Rudeness is a side effect of poor education. If someone can understand what someone is saying and get his thoughts across then his grammar is fine. Good character is what counts. Do you have good character?

          • sleepvark

            No, I claim no virtues.
            So what if you’re old. Are you senile too?
            So what if you’ve been shot at. Who hasn’t been?
            So what if you made a bunch of money. It doesn’t buy what you really need.
            And as for character, your every word betrays your total lack.
            And me rude? Little girlie, you haven’t even seen me slightly impolite yet.
            Do you claim to be a self made man? Good, you thereby save the Almighty from a terrible responsibility.

          • hicusdicus

            What are virtues? There is no almighty. You are very immature. Have fun with your new learning curve. Oh yes and you are boring. Your comments are not interesting. What ever you are there is room for a lot of improvement.

          • sleepvark

            If I’m so boring, your life must be empty indeed for you to keep replying.
            No almighty? Okay, but not even the Flying Spaghetti Monster? Come on!
            Improvement? Yes, there’s always room for that in my life, so I study a lot of stuff. Keeps the mind from going stagnant.
            You on the other hand are quite interesting . . . in a train wreck kind of way.
            Fun chatting with you again 🙂

      • rwp24382

        As was seen in the last presidential election, public transportation used to get people to the polls was what the unions got to ship in hundreds of illegals to vote. The illegals that were shipped in couldn’t even speak English. there were people standing at the balloting area, which is against the law, showing the people where to make their mark. I wonder what party that was?

        There was a recent video of a Democrap supporter in Arizona stuffing an early ballot box with hundreds of ballots. I wonder what party the ballots were for? I thought people only get to vote once in any election.

        Ohio, a black poll worker bragged how she voted twice in the last election. It was later found out she had actually cast 6 votes. She went to prison for, I think three months or less. A Democrap representative in a New England state, was arrested for voting 21 times in the last election. So how many votes do you think people should be allowed to have? How would voter ID be a hindrance people voting? It only is a hindrance to the dead, multiple voters, and illegals. What is wrong with that?

        I think you also made mention of redrawing districts to favor the GOP. Districts are redrawn every ten years, according to population numbers from the census. You seemed to be concerned that the GOP has drawn the districts to favor their party. Have you ever heard of gerrymandering? It is a term that was given by a man named Gerry ( a Democrap) that first started the practice of drawing districts in such ways to heavily favor Dems. One district looked like a salamander when it was finished, instead of taking a block of counties. So according to you, the Dems can draw up districts any way they want, as long as it favors their party?

        • 788eddie

          And Ann Coulter bragged how she voted twice for the Republican, to show how easy it was. I don’t believe either.

          I don’t know what state you live and vote in rwp24382, but on Long Island, we use a sign-in system to verify who we are; I walk in, I sign, my signature is verified, then I vote. Easy-peasy. No problem and No voter fraud.

          One person; one vote (and no right-wing crap about “one dollar; one vote that the 1%ers love with their “dark money”).

          • rwp24382

            But not every state is like yours. Some only require that you have an electric bill or some other type receipt to make you eligible. There is no requirement of proof of who you are. Some states don’t care. You register on the spot and vote. It has been shown on video that even in DC, a man tried to vote as Eric Holder. The man was white and looked nothing like Holder, yet was given permission to vote under Holder’s name with no identification. These violations are done in states with lax voter registration and has a lot of corruption. Some of these states tried to clean up their voter rolls and eliminate some of the fraud, only to have Holder sue the states in court in the last election and is still trying to have the laws thrown out.

            In North Carolina, voter rolls have been slightly cleaned up when it was found that there were still two to three thousand voters still on the voter list that had been dead for over ten years. When there was talk of first removing the names, Dems had a fit over changing of the rolls. They wanted to claim that it was disenfranchising people that wanted to vote. Unless I am mistaken or you are a zombie, it is kind of hard to vote when you are dead or voting for a Dem. It was noted that a woman in some state that I can’t recall, had committed suicide five years ago and had a stewardess job. She had people take care of her property, while she was out of town. Her body was found in her car in her garage. It was found that she had voted for Obola in the presidential election and had already been dead for a couple years.

            In Virginia, there is supposed to be a system of identification that is checked at the poll, but US Representative Jim Moran’s (Dem) son was arrested for committing voter fraud by showing people how to forge identities with the electric bill scam. You could very easily show a bill that was a few months old at one residence and a newer one at another residence and vote twice or more times very easily.

            In Illinois, it was recently found that someone had rigged some of the election machines to vote for Dems automatically. There was a GOP candidate that was going to vote for himself and found the machine turned his vote in for the Dem candidate. When checked, the machine had been hard wired to do what it did.

            In Florida, there were districts that had 110, 120, and 140% of the voter rolls to turn out for the presidential election. How do you have that people show up and not have voter fraud? Most polling places may have 75-80% voter turnout, but to have more than those registered says there is something criminal going on. When the heads of the election committee (which were all Dems) of the districts were questioned about the percentages, they claimed that they thought it looked a little unusual. The numbers were allowed to stand.

            In Philadelphia, there were precincts that had 100% voting for Obola, which is also an impossibility. There were polling areas that had the GOP observers removed from the buildings and were only allowed back in when police officers escorted the observers back into the building. It is hard telling what was done to commit fraud in those areas. Voter fraud goes on in several states.

          • 788eddie

            Hey rwp24382, I’m glad you pointed out all of these problems. I hope they’re being worked on so that we can stop any voter fraud by misguided conservatives.

            This past spring, the Georgia Republican Committee put a bounty of a thousand dollars (that’s $1,000.00) for anyone who could bring them examples of documented voter fraud. They ended up with six “possibles” but none panned out. They dropped the program by May. The message I read in that was that there evidently wasn’t any voter fraud by liberals.

          • rwp24382

            How about in Illinois where top Democrat officials were sentenced to prison terms for committing fraud to get Obola’s name on the presidential ballot? They forged hundreds of names to make sure his name was on the ballot. The woman in Ohio that voted six times committed a felony and was released after a few weeks in jail. It never fails that the Dems here lately have seeded the court system with their liberal activist judges to help them keep committing their crimes.

          • 788eddie

            Voter fraud is bad and undermines our democracy. We should all work to root out voter fraud involving both parties, and promote a fair system where all citizens can easily express (with their vote) who they want to govern them.

          • rwp24382

            The only problem is that Dems are so power hungry and know they have gotten away with this for so long, they can’t give it up.

          • rwp24382

            Oh well, I guess people think it would be pointless to try and get the evidence. Just like in North Carolina that recently were recently caught on video had Dem state officials encouraging a woman posing as an illegal immigrant to vote illegally. One was a man helping the Attorney General for North Carolina. There were about seven or eight officials that all said to go ahead and vote, that they had to catch the woman to prove she was illegal.
            Dems have gotten by with this for so long they know how to skirt the issue, but think they can no longer win a fair election and have to resort to these tactics on a regular basis.

        • JPHALL

          Where do you loonies get this BS? Gerry was a member of the Democratic-Republican party also known as the Jeffersonian Republicans in the early 1800’s. You, in your ignorance, are trying to compare totally different entities.

          To quote from historians – “The party was strongest in the South and weakest in the Northeast. It favored states’ rights, the principle of 1798, and the primacy of the yeoman farmers”. That sounds more like the modern Republican party.

          • rwp24382

            Hey loony, Governor Gerry was a Massachusetts member of the Democrat-Republican party. Sounds more like a true Democrap to me. So in your ignorance, explain to me how is drawing districts in the shape of a salamander to ensure that a certain demographic of your area is given special treatment is somehow a totally different entity?

          • JPHALL

            You obviously did not read my reply. It seems all you right wingers have an aversion to the truth or facts.
            Subject: Re: New comment posted on Weekend Reader: ‘ Blackballed: The Black Vote And U.S. Democracy’

          • rwp24382

            I most certainly did read your reply insinuating my ignorance of Gerrymandering. If it weren’t for this practice routinely used be Dems, Shelia Jackson-Lee, Charley Rangel, Maxine Waters, Elijah Cummings, and several others would have their jobs. Each of the black representatives I mentioned have committed felonies in office within the last four years, not one has ever faced one criminal charge. But it is you that doesn’t have your facts straight or want to bend them to suit your agenda. Ronald Reagan said it best that it’s not that the left purposely lies about everything, but they just know so many facts that just aren’t the truth.

            The title of the article says a lot to me: “Blackballed: The Black Vote and U.S. Democracy”. It sounds as though blacks are trying to say that people are trying to keep blacks from voting by making the blacks show a photo ID. It’s funny how a black state representative in one of the New England states was just arrested for voting 21 times in the last election. You had a black woman in Ohio, that was a poll worker, that bragged on TV that that she had voted twice for Obola in the last election. It was found out that she had actually voted 6 times. How many times are people supposed to vote? I always thought it was one person, one vote. How about the blacks that threw out the GOP poll workers in a few precincts in Philadelphia and had to be escorted back into the poll area with the police? How about the Philadelphia precincts that had 100% voting for Obola? That in itself is impossible and points to ballot tampering, yet no one was arrested or held responsible for the violation of the law. How about the New Black Panthers intimidating white voters from voting in certain areas and were turned loose by Eric Holder, even when the Panthers were found guilty in court? I even fail to see how there can be as many black voters that are in the country. How can there be that many when over half of the black males have been incarcerated in prison between the ages of 18 and 35. The majority of those people incarcerated would more than likely have felonies against them. No wonder Dems push so hard in certain states to let people in prison vote. Most of their voters are behind bars or have felonies against them that would disqualify other voters.

            It seems that the black community wants to have their young men go out and sell their drugs, shoot and kill other blacks or whites, do break ins, robberies, and a host of other crimes; yet, not be denied their right to vote. Never has a group of people cried discrimination for their right to vote and has done everything they can to have their rights taken away.

          • JPHALL

            Subject: Re: New comment posted on Weekend Reader: ‘ Blackballed: The Black Vote And U.S. Democracy’

          • rwp24382

            Elijah Cummings was just caught giving the IRS information of how Lois Lerner was to handle herself and how Cummings would call for the end of the IRS hearings. That is a felony and nothing has been done about that situation. The DOJ by mistake called Issa’s office instead of Cumming’s and told them to leak certain information about the IRS hearing on another occasion. Nothing has been done about that. This was slightly reported by the press.

            Maxine Waters used her office to solicit campaign funds for her reelection and made the statement to some that her services could be bought for a price. She could have gone to an off government property site to have done this and some of this transaction would have been legal. Both of these actions are considered felonies, yet there has been no action taken against her. Again this incident was slightly reported in the press.

            Charlie Rangel was caught dead in violations of tax evasion and several other violations of illegally hiding money. He committed several felonies and even stood before the Congressional Ethics Committee. He said he had spent all of his money defending himself and had no lawyers to defend him at the time of the Ethics Committee. He was given a slap on the wrist and was never charged criminally for his felonies. This pompous idiot thought he should be able to continue as he had previously done and be given back the titles that he had been stripped of. He should be in jail and still is allowed to stay in office.

            Shelia Jackson-Lee used her Congressional staff to perform duties for her personal service. That is a felony. The fat-assed prima donna would tell her staff to pick her up with a government furnished car at her apartment in the mornings. She used them as her own private chauffer service with tax payer monies. What tipped the press off to what was happening was her car would illegally double park in front of her apartment building. The car would be double parked for fifteen or twenty minutes waiting on her. The fat pig was too lazy to walk about 800 feet to her office. Nothing was done about her either. Very little was again reported about this by the media.

            How about the US Representative from New Orleans during Katrina, that illegally used the National Guard as his own police force to take him to his house to extract, wasn’t it about 200k in cash he had stored in his refrigerator? Was there ever an investigation of this incident? Did the IRS ever conduct an investigation of why the man had that much money hidden in his refrigerator and where the money came from? There was never the first investigation done, but the representative was defeated in his reelection bid. Oh yeah, this guy was black, too.

          • rwp24382

            I read your reply very well. You tried to say that Governor Gerry was more or less a Southern Republican. What have I said that wasn’t the truth? Considering most liberals that lived in the country at that time, were from the North. Which party has really controlled the North for years? Isn’t it liberal Dems and Communists?

  • docb

    The voter fraud is on the right side of the ledger…This book needs to be digested in the vein of the experience of millions of black and latino Americans and not through revisionist history from the scared right wing gops!

    The ostrich with their head in the sand is no standard for the progress having been made since 1965 and the desperate and disparate attempt to deny the face of the Nation TODAY!

  • ExRadioGuy15

    Those who know me know that I’ve been saying or writing this since July 2011 and that it’s the truth: the GOP politicians are FASCISTS….
    There are 15 defining characteristics (“DCs”) of Fascism. The GOP have adhered to at least 10 of them since the beginning of the Reagan Administration and to ALL OF THEM since October 2001.

    One of those DCs of Fascism is fraudulent elections. Fascist regimes will do anything to suppress the vote of their opponents, including, but not limited to, passing laws that restrict the vote of their opponents (voter ID fits the bill perfectly), changing political district boundaries in their favor (gerrymandering—check in the GOP’s case in 2011), use of the usually-corrupt judiciary (check, again, for the GOP) and even assassination of political opponents.

    The last time Conservatives employed the latter part against someone from an opposing party was 1865, when they were a part of the Democratic Party and John Wilkes Booth assassinated Abraham Lincoln, a Republican. But, the GOP have even tried that within their own party. The GOP Cons had McKinley attacked and the attack eventually led to his death. Then, the Cons tried to take out his successor, Theodore Roosevelt, but failed. Remember that McKinley and “Teddy” were Progressives, which is why the Cons hated them so much.
    I realize that many Progressive and Moderate Republicans are uncomfortable with anyone telling them the truth about the GOP and they being Fascists. They need to get over their fear, ignorance and cognitive dissonance, brought on by the GOP’s nearly century-long Fascist “gaslighting” propaganda campaign, and stop voting for Republicans.

    The argument employed by those GOP Progressives and Moderates against their party’s politicians being Fascists is the false accusation that I and others who tell this truth are in violation of “Godwin’s Law”, aka, “playing the Nazi card”. There are two reasons this is a bogus argument. First, in order for Godwin’s Law to be violated, an untrue comparison of the GOP to the Nazis has to be proved. Second, the Nazis were a Fascist regime. The GOP ARE a Fascist regime. In nearly every case, you can correctly compare the GOP to the Nazis. In my Facebook note about the 15 DCs and how the GOP adhere to them, I point out the three major differences between the Nazis and the GOP. However, those differences are hardly comforting, as all three can be traced to the fact that the Nazis, after a nine-year campaign, had total power over the country and the GOP, tried and try as they might, do not have total control.

    GOP Progressives and Moderates should have the good sense and courage to go to the polls this fall and vote for the group of politicians that TRULY represent them now: Democrats. Such an effort would not be unprecedented, as GOP Progressives and Moderates did just that from 1930-1966, an effort I call the “Republican Progressive and Moderate Revolution”, We need a second one, pronto.

  • idamag

    Even if you have to vote for the lesser of two evils – vote! Not voting will get us the greater of two evils.

  • Ronald Pires

    Voting for the lesser of two evils rewards evil. Vote, put leave that race blank. It’s the only ay to tell your favored party that they are not representing you.