Thursday, July 26, 2012

Voter Fraud Fraud

Voting rights. Not a Republican thing.

Wingnuttery notwithstanding (they'll still tell you Acorn was committing registration fraud, which they didn't), data have always shown that voter fraud is a non-problem. Now, from that cradle of liberty where voter registration laws have already been admittedly crafted to defeat President Obama, comes another admission: there's never been a single case of fraudulent voting.

"There have been no investigations or prosecutions of in-person voter fraud in Pennsylvania; and the parties do not have direct personal knowledge of any such investigations or prosecutions in other states,” the statement reads.

According to the agreement, the state “will not offer any evidence in this action that in-person voter fraud has in fact occurred in Pennsylvania and elsewhere,” nor will it "offer argument or evidence that in-person voter fraud is likely to occur in November 2012 in the absense of the Photo ID law.”

So. The Republican-controlled legislature has written, and their Republican governor has signed, a law to solve a non-existent problem; one which wouldn't be affected whether the law was in place or not. But what does it accomplish? Gee. Let's hear from them, those people who claim to love liberty, the Constitution, and -- except when they don't -- democracy:

"...Voter ID, which is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania, done.”

The statement drew a loud round of applause from the audience. It also struck a nerve among critics, who called it an admission that they passed the bill to make it harder for Democrats to vote — and not to prevent voter fraud as the legislators claimed.

I'll ask again: how much mendacity, how much overt rejection of basic democratic principles, how much deception in the name of tax cuts for the very wealthy at the expense of everything else will it take for thoughtful conservatives to reject their current representation and demand better? How long can decent people keep rationalizing their party's dishonesty and destructiveness by believing, against the evidence, the RWS™ blather?

Sadly, it looks like we're far from that line, if it even exists. Their ginned-up hatred of Barack Hussein Obama is greater than their love of country. Or, rather, they've been trained to think love of country demands its destruction. Shades of Ben Tre.

Deliberately, their ability to see what's happening has been carefully obscured by those who stand to gain the most when democracy works the least. And how easy it's been!

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