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After a key Keystone State Legislator came out and said that their new Voter ID law would allow “Mitt Romney to win Pennsylvania”, one would have thought that any sane judge would have squashed the law out of hand; obviously, it was politically motivated and a bold-faced attempt to rig an election. But noooooooo.

Instead, there have been expensive and time-consuming hearings, rulings and counter-rulings, media circuses and so on. Finally, yesterday morning, a judge put a stay on part of the PA Voter ID Law. Half a loaf for those who believe in free, fair, and un-rigged elections, but you know what they say about half a loaf.

As an Independent, Mr. Blunt and Cranky really dislikes parties. A lot. He thinks, in fact, that they should be outlawed, because they have turned out to be just as insidious an infection as President Washington warned us about (“However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion”).

In this case, one of the parties (“Republicans”) have spent most of the past two years working on behalf of their party’s interest, to the detriment of the nation.The modern “Republican” party bears no resemblance to the party we once knew. The party of fiscal discipline has become the party of Voodoo Economics. The party of minding our own business has become the party of foreign wars of choice. And the party that trumpeted the rule of law has become the party of lawlessness, influence selling, election rigging and voter suppression.

The right to vote is one of the foundational rights of our nation. When one weakens the foundation of a structure, how long can the structure stand? Read President Washington’s words once again, and ask yourself if you really want to vote for people who would take away your rights; using the law of the land to weaken the nation for the benefit of a few corrupt politicos and those who buy them.

Again: “Republicans” don’t want you to vote. They want to take away your right to vote. If you care about your rights, you cannot afford to vote for these crooks.

Mr. B & C

Yes, yes, yes, sorry, but there’s another one. We’ve had The War on Poverty, The War on Cancer, The War on Women, jeez, can’t we lay this meme down and waterboard it to death? Nope, folks, not yet. This war is bigger than most, and yet has been mostly ignored by the media. But it has drastic and far-reaching consequences for us all.

The right to vote has been a matter of contention since the founding of the nation – there have always been those who favored a more inclusive policy and those who wanted to make it more exclusive.  Today it is the Republicans who favor fewer voters and Democrats who favor more voters, and they apply those philosophies in their daily activities.

Vote purges: Republicans favor this, because it limits participation without getting in people’s faces. It usually spun as “making sure (felons, illegal aliens, or whoever is being demonized at the moment)” don’t vote illegally”. Democrats tend not to favor this, because it limits participation by those who move frequently, have fewer resources, etc. Plus, it wastes time and money that Dems would rather use for things Dems like.

Voter ID laws: Dems HATE these, at least partly because part of their core constituency (poor folk, minorities, the elderly) don’t always have a photo ID, or the means to get one. Repubs love Voter ID laws, for the exact same reason.

Redistricting: This one often gets missed, but is pretty huge. By drawing districts to favor one party over another, key groups of voters find their influence diminished, their polling places made less accessible, and sometimes subjected to so much confusion that they cannot cast a vote at all.

“Cost Savings” and “Efficiency”: These get pulled out in order to save money for state and local gummints. These also tend to create the greatest problems for elderly and poor voters, who need the “expensive” early/absentee/accessible voting options in order to be able to, well, cast a feckin’ ballot. Mostly done on purpose by Repubs, sometimes done mistakenly by Dems.

The key point: whether you lean Repub or Dem, the Dems are on your side in this one area at least: they want you to be able to vote if you want to.  This writer suggests you do so. As Pogo once said, “I want you all to get on out there and VOTE!” When asked for whom to vote, Pogo shrugged that off.  “As long as you vote, you can’t go wrong.” Words to live by, and reason enough to make sure no one takes away your right to do so.

Mr. B & C

It’s not often that a state gets the Judiciary Smackdown dropped on them twice in the same week, but those wiley Republican coyotes in Texas have felt the Acme Super-Dooper Bitch Slap Kit whack their corpulent cheeks in such wise this past week. In a state that is trending towards fewer white voters, the white legislators are trying every trick in the book to hold onto power, even as they become what they despise (a minority group).

First, their Voter ID law got flushed down the pooper because it, well, discriminated against everybody who isn’t white and financially secure. “Naughty, Naughty” said the court as it pulled the chain and sent the law swirling down into the sewer.

Then their Redistricting Plan got like treatment, for the same reason. The courts said “I can NOT believe this s***, and pulled the chain again. Swoosh, swirl, buh-bye to the crooked white guy laws.

This is yet another example of the corrosive effects of party politics on the nation. In order to hold onto power, a political party (the ‘Phants in this case) lied, cheated, and broke laws left and right. They could have spent the taxpayers’ money on roads, bridges, cops, or useful things like that; but because their party is more important to them than the people, they wasted their constituents’ hard-earned on gerrymandering and voter suppression.

Rarely has a group of individuals been more worthy of being bitch-slapped, and twice within a few days at that. It warms the cockles of this blunt, cranky old heart to see an entire state party get taken down in such a brutal fashion.

Mr. B & C

P.S. Ohio got two judicial bitch-slaps this week, too, for the same partisan horses*** behavior. But Ohio gets a lot of crap in this blog already, so Texas got the headline. One must share the Blunt and Crank around every once in a while, n’cest pas?