I am a baby boomer. in our early years music was important in those days of Vietnam, protesting, Kent State and Watergate.
The Rascals song “A Ray of Hope” helped me when I was down. In my mind I always dreamed of the lyrics:
“We’ll pray for a day when all men are free
And people can live like they’re meant to be
Meanwhile, it’s all up to you and me
Start working together towards this dream”
coming true, and it always seemed to me that eventually “people can live like they’re meant to be”.
At the other extreme of this attitude is what the GOP operatives in both Congress and the US Supreme Court are doing to our citizens, the people they are supposed to serve.
The article “Barack Obama says voting rights face greatest threat in half a century” illustrates the villainy in the GOP’s hearts.
The article states “In June last year, the supreme court struck down part of the Voting Rights Act, which was passed in 1965 to protect the democratic rights of minorities….Overall, 34 states have passed laws requiring voters to show some form of ID.”
The article has this quote from our President “What kind of political platform is that? Why would you make that a part of your agenda, preventing people from voting?”
The GOP’s policy just appeal to the top 1%. They have to narrow the universe of possible voters if they want any chance of winning.
The GOP uses states GOP Governors as laboratories to see what they can get away with, and Wisconsin’s Walker is a willing miscreant.
The article’s title “Wisconsin Voter ID Law, Judge Finds ‘No Rational Person Could Be Worried’ About Voter Fraud”” spells out the absurdity of the foundation of these attempts by states to make voting difficult for people who won’t vote for them.
Okay, so the GOP rogues know they can’t they win with their policies so they try to limit Democratic voters. That is not all they are doing to our elections. They want to make sure that all the red staters hear about their elections are GOP propaganda.
The article “The war against American citizens” shows how the GOP stacked US Supreme Court is making rulings that ensure that the Koch brothers, and others of their ilk, get the politicians elected that they have in their pockets.
The article regarding the McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission ruling states “It also completes a trifecta of rulings that started in 1976 with Buckley v. Valeo, and the Midas touch of judicial malpractice, turning money into speech. As Justice Stephen Breyer wrote in an impassioned dissent to McCutcheon, taken together with the 2010 ruling in Citizens United, “today’s decision eviscerates our Nation’s campaign finance laws, leaving a remnant incapable of dealing with the grave problems of democratic legitimacy that those laws were intended to resolve.”” The article “Senate Democrats plan vote to reverse Citizens United decision” illustrates how the Democrats are attempting to make our elections as they should be.
The article states “Senate Democrats will schedule a vote this year on a constitutional amendment to reform campaign finance as they face tens of millions of dollars worth of attack ads from conservative groups.”
I’d like to live in a USA with equality and social justice for all.
It won’t happen if only some people are allowed to vote and if GOP operatives control what voters see.
We have a democracy that other countries envied. We shouldn’t be allowing the GOP to attempt to make voting impossible for Democratic voters and we shouldn’t allow the GOP to control what GOP favoring propaganda red staters see during elections.