There must be some centrally located underground room where Republican governors and pols from Republican-majority state legislatures met to lay out a coordinated national strategy. Otherwise, why would so many states simultaneously try to pass anti-immigrant laws, union-busting laws⎯and most egregious of all⎯voter suppression laws?
Republican chief executives and supermajorities have willfully misinterpreted the economic “mandate” they were given last November and instead are using it to cram through cherished agenda items that they were never elected to promote.
If you really want to know the difference between a liberal and a conservative, it is glaringly apparent in this so-called anti-voter fraud legislation that is being foisted upon us in so many states, including my own.
A liberal follows an inner voice that compels him to be conscious of, feel responsible for, and protect the rights of all of his neighbors, regardless of color, creed, sexual orientation, or any other differences⎯including political philosophy. It was liberals in the ACLU who supported the right of neo-Nazis to march in Skokie, Il., much as they were repulsed by the marchers’ message.
A conservative, on the other hand, is so convinced of the righteousness of his ideology that, in his mind, any means to promote it are justified by the ends. Who tends to vote Democrat? College kids, poor people who move a lot, and minorities. So let’s just write some specific laws that make it more difficult for them to vote. We’ll use fraud as a pretext, even though there isn’t any to speak of. Most voters are too uninformed to know they’re being bamboozled.
Besides, the people we’re disenfranchising aren’t really good Americans anyway…at least, not like we are. And nobody else will care.
So, no harm done.