Poverty Is Not an Accident

Poverty Is Not an Accident
Nelson Mandela

Saturday, September 03, 2011

"Registering the Poor to Vote is Un-American"

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Do those MoFos know I just walked, with partial paralysis, pushing a baby stroller, 4 mi. in New Mexico heat to buy some cheap groceries and scavenge more building materials for the greenhouse I'm building in front of the travel trailer I live in, so I can have fresh fruits & vegies in winter? Do they know? Do they know I'm a community volunteer? Do they know that, despite my $700/mo +$90 food stamps, I'm saving up to buy a little motor scooter? Do they know I make paper mache from trash to sell at the local flea market? Do they know I've taken old tee shirts and make a beautiful quilt from them? Do they know ALL my "poor trash" neighbors hustle their rumps off, just to make it to the end of the month, that we all read, listen to the news and are up on current affairs? Do Faux Noise or Amerikkan Stinker ever have to line up at food pantries for half-rotten crap or clothes closets for torn, dirty, stained rags? If any of THEM had to spend ONE WEEK living like we do, they'd die of exhaustion! Watch who you're calling lazy, asshats! Where's my Guy Fawkes mask?
I'm just quoting here, folks.

Conservative Mag: "Registering the Poor to Vote is Un-American"

Capitalist Last week, we saw Stuart Varney (pictured right), a host on the Fox Business Network, declare that poor people "lack the richness of spirit." Now for the latest installment in Republican classism, this one even more egregious and openly evil.
The American Thinker, a far-right online zine, has an article up today on the conspiracy to ensure that poor people are registered to vote. The title says it all: "Registering the Poor to Vote is Un-American." In fact, it's tantamount to being an accessory to crime:
Registering them to vote is like handing out burglary tools to criminals.  It is profoundly antisocial and un-American to empower the nonproductive segments of the population to destroy the country -- which is precisely why Barack Obama zealously supports registering welfare recipients to vote.
That's right. America's dreaded "welfare recipients" - you know, the single moms who work two jobs and take out food stamps to keep their kids from starving - are easily manipulated parasites, and any effort to help them exercise their sacred right to vote is "antisocial," bordering on treason.

(via Little Green Footballs)

Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/2011/09/conservative-mag-registering-the-poor-to-vote-is-un-american.html#ixzz1WvZ2Hnxh

The GOP War on Voting

In a campaign supported by the Koch brothers, Republicans are working to prevent millions of Democrats from voting next year

By Ari Berman
August 30, 2011 7:40 PM ET
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A voter casts his ballot during the primary elections in Virginia
Matt McClain/For The Washington Post via Getty Images
As the nation gears up for the 2012 presidential election, Republican officials have launched an unprecedented, centrally coordinated campaign to suppress the elements of the Democratic vote that elected Barack Obama in 2008. Just as Dixiecrats once used poll taxes and literacy tests to bar black Southerners from voting, a new crop of GOP governors and state legislators has passed a series of seemingly disconnected measures that could prevent millions of students, minorities, immigrants, ex-convicts and the elderly from casting ballots. "What has happened this year is the most significant setback to voting rights in this country in a century," says Judith Browne-Dianis, who monitors barriers to voting as co-director of the Advancement Project, a civil rights organization based in Washington, D.C.
Republicans have long tried to drive Democratic voters away from the polls. "I don't want everybody to vote," the influential conservative activist Paul Weyrich told a gathering of evangelical leaders in 1980. "As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down." But since the 2010 election, thanks to a conservative advocacy group founded by Weyrich, the GOP's effort to disrupt voting rights has been more widespread and effective than ever. In a systematic campaign orchestrated by the American Legislative Exchange Council – and funded in part by David and Charles Koch, the billionaire brothers who bankrolled the Tea Party – 38 states introduced legislation this year designed to impede voters at every step of the electoral process.  [emphasis Rogi's]

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