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That would be the “Republican” party, of course. They are, as they have been for many years, trying to suppress the vote, in order to limit the franchise to people like themselves, thereby cutting anyone is not male, rich, and white (and of late, a right wingnut) out of the action. From the article:

Pivotal swing states under Republican control are embracing significant new electoral restrictions on registering and voting that go beyond the voter identification requirements that have caused fierce partisan brawls.

The bills, laws and administrative rules — some of them tried before — shake up fundamental components of state election systems, including the days and times polls are open and the locations where people vote.

Republicans in Ohio and Wisconsin this winter pushed through measures limiting the time polls are open, in particular cutting into weekend voting favored by low-income voters and blacks, who sometimes caravan from churches to polls on the Sunday before election.

Notice this: it is an admittedly targeted set of blatantly unconstitutional laws that are designed to rig the game against those who might vote for the Democrats. The supposed reasons have been changing from “voter fraud” (which almost never happens) to “uniformity” ( demolished here ), but the measures remain the same.

One might think that when a problem changes, the solution would likewise change. And one would be right. The fact that the actions taken to remove our voting rights aren’t changing is all the proof you need that we are being screwed.

This writer sees a different problem, and thus a different solution: the problem is scumbucket politicians taking away our rights. The solution is to throw them into prison, and keep our rights intact.

Oh, and stop voting for the party that wants to take away your right to cast that ballot.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

FreespeechSee that guy? He was arrested yesterday in Wisconsin, for holding up a sign saying: “Article 1, Section 4”. That is the little tiny part of their state Constitution that guarantees residents of that state the right to freedom of speech. The cops took umbrage to a citizen holding a sign that cited the law, so they cuffed him and threw him in jail.

Moral-Monday-July-arrests_Andrew-Dye-Winston-Salem-Journal-586x1024See that guy? He’s a octogenarian military veteran, arrested for peaceable assembly in North Carolina. The Repubs that own that state took umbrage at a senior citizen who walks with a cane reminding the people what a real hero looks like, so they cuffed him and threw him in jail, too.

“Republicans”, you see, have ticked off a lot of people lately. These ticked-off people have been engaging in peaceful protest, and the GOP is now ticked off right back. So, they have started arresting protesters.

All that has accomplished thus far is to bring out more protesters. And tourists who wanted to see the protesters. So, the Elephants decided to arrest even more people. Result? Even MORE protesters and gawkers.

So now, those a**holes Repubs in Cheese Country can arrest you for no reason if you are anywhere they don’t want you to be. Really. Click the link if you don’t believe it. Same deal in North Carolina. That’s upping the ante, all right: Even Bush the Dumber didn’t go so far as busting innocent people for breathing in the wrong place.

“Innocent? Bah, Humbug” says Scott Fitzgerald, one of the Grand Old Poohbahs of the occupying force Wisconsin GOP. “Innocence does not matter, we have a state to milk for all it is worth”. (OK, that is not a verbatim transcript of his remarks. But it does capture the essence. What he did say is damned nearly as bad, or even worse: “If you are in the vicinity of the illegal demonstrations that have been taking place over the noon hour in the rotunda, you will be considered part of the protests and are subject to being ticketed.”) Yes that’s right. Even if you aren’t involved in the protest, they’ll bust you for being nearby one.

Ask one innocent bystander:

Joe Meiller, a Madison Metro bus driver who brought his two sons to watch the singalong Friday from the balcony, was upset that he was asked to leave by Capitol police. “We didn’t sing or clap once,” Meiller said. “If I observe a bank robbery nearby, am I a participant because I was nearby?”

That’s your Republican America today, friends: people being arrested for not liking Republican policies, and saying so politely. That’s what your Republicans see as “freedom of speech”: you can say anything you want, so long as they agree with it. And shut up if you don’t like Repubs, or they’ll throw your a** in jail.

Even if you don’t say a word. Even if you’re nearly crippled. Even if you weren’t part of the protest at all. Jailed, by Imperial Republican decree. Freedom of speech? Not hardly.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

P.S. Other people who were punished for either protesting or being nearby a protest against “Republican” policies on May 4, 1970:

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Yes, that’s blood. Yes, they are dead. Think it can’t happen again? Think again.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky has noticed an increased amount of government meddling in the private sector over the past few years: legislation that voids contracts, creates burdensome obstacles to business and labor, and generally makes it harder for we schmucks to make a buck. Today’s example:

Michigan’s Right-To –Work Law, in which the government takes it upon itself to trash, void and re-write contracts to which they are not signatories.Mark this well, my friends – private industries and their workforces negotiated and signed contracts that made good business sense. And now some yahoo legislators want to shred those agreements without the consent of the parties involved. Much money will be lost by the companies, their workers, suppliers, and consumers as a result of this un-asked for governmental power grab.

Note that, contrary to the usual media-produced stereotypes, the meddlesome bureaucrats in this case are “Republicans”. In a perversion of the free-market principles on which they used to base their principles, they are using government influence to rig the markets in favor of those who give them cash. And to Hell with the private sector and their legal rights.

Yes, there is government interference in the free market. But it isn’t always where you expect to find it.

Mr. B & C

As you might know, Republicans around the country have been pushing Voter ID laws. Aggressively pushing. Pushing like a panicky heroin dealer who owes the Mob lots of vig on his back payments. They have been trumpeting them in the media, courts, and legislatures as necessary to combat “voter fraud”. Now, when it goes to court and they have to sign on the dotted line,they suddenly admit that there is no evidence of voter fraud to combat.

Mind you, that hasn’t stopped them from pushing the laws anyway. Mr. Blunt and Cranky is more than a bit flummoxed by this: when we are spending taxpayer dollars to combat a problem, one would reasonably expect a problem to exist, and that our “representatives” would have actual proof of the existence of said problem. So, one wonders, why are they doing all this expensive (but seemingly unneeded) work on the taxpayers’ dime?

Uncommon honesty, at least in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania: they are pushing voter ID laws so as to cut back on the number of registered likely Dem voters, thus making it easier for Repubs to win.  This is not just a random blogger’s opinion: it is the stated objective of Repub lawmakers involved in such efforts.

Here’s where they admit that there is no evidence of voter fraud: http://www.aclupa.org/downloads/ApplewhiteStipulation.pdf

Here’s where the PA GOP House Majority leader tells us why he pushed the law in his state: http://www.politicspa.com/turzai-voter-id-law-means-romney-can-win-pa/37153/   Use the Google thing to find a more detailed admission from the WI GOP Big Cheese(head).

Straight from the Elephant’s mouth, folks. Ask yourself: why would you vote for a party that out-and-out makes s*** up in order to take away the legitimate rights of American citizens?  These laws would have stripped this writer’s mother (a lifelong Republican, by the bye) of her right to vote. Make your blood boil?

It gets worse: the next voter to lose their rights might just be you. Think about it.

Mr. B & C