We all know about the Right's endless battle to disenfranchise whole swatches of potential voters….."those people."
We have heard ad infinitum about about the rampant "voter fraud' being committed by those same people, with the help of the Dems, of course.
We cringe at the mention of the SCOTUS vote on Citizens United, which undoubtedly had a major influence on the midterm elections…even though a scant 35 percent of our eligible voters bothered to even do so, probably disgusted with the whole thing. ( http://tinyurl.com/p9ovqrc )
But here in Tennessee where the color red is as vibrant as Volunteer Orange to UT in my city of Knoxville, the Religious Right has found a NEW way to influence election outcomes in their usual covert way. Well, it's really more like FOX Folks telling women and young people not to vote.
According to Tennessee's constitution, the number of votes for passage of an amendment to said constitution must equal half of the total votes cast for the governor. Voting just for the amendment itself doesn't cut it, and the outcome was might close. This should be really interesting.
"Essentially, the plaintiffs charge, only the votes of people who voted in the gubernatorial election should be tabulated in the amendment referendum. The lawsuit cites several sources, including a website and a Nashville Catholic church’s Oct. 12 Sunday program, in which supporters of Amendment 1 inform fellow supporters that not voting in the governor’s race and casting a “Yes” vote for the amendment will effectively “double” their vote by lowering the number of votes cast in the governor’s race."
call it what you will. The Dems…you and me…..were hornswaggled and soundly beaten by the very same people that got us into this mess in the first place.
This speaks very badly for the intelligence and foresight of the American populace in general, or maybe the members of the current Democratic Party are the biggest chickenshits we have ever seen. It's a toss-up either way, in my estimation.
When you have the most narcissistic, ignorant, grifting female in America……hoisted upon us by the GOP, remember……..using President Obama's own words (the ones she herself mocked just a few years ago)……to goad the Repubs into action, you have come full circle in mental gymnastics.
"So, establishment types,remember that you didn’t build this! This majority that swept you into power tonight is thanks to the rank and file commonsense conservative grassroots. That’s who built it. And they expect results. They deserve the best for America."
The SCOTUS opened the door and the Big Money came rolling in….being carried in part by the "religious right" whom the conservatives are surreptitiously using with their anti-abortion and contraception issues (see Justice Ginsberg's warning), and supplanted by the Koch Brothers' money-is-no-issue-for-us-to-buy-the kind-of government-we-want. Throw in the "we lose when everybody votes" meme the Repubs have used in secret for decades, but now have brought front and center…and we are going to pay for it. "McConnell’s next play is perfectly clear. His interest lies in creating two more years of ugliness and gridlock. He does not want spectacular, high-profile failures that command public attention — no shutdowns, no impeachment. Instead, he wants tedious, enervating stalemate. McConnell needs to drain away any possibility of hope and excitement from government, so that the disengaged Democratic voters remain disengaged in 2016. http://tinyurl.com/mtqte9p
I am ashamed of the Dems themselves…trying to be Republican lite. Are you ashamed of the accomplishments that this president has battled to achieve?? Did you not get everything you thought you should get when you thought you should get it?? Are you freaking afraid of the NRA?? Have the scientists' dire warnings (and possible solutions) caused you to panic, not wanting to upset McConnell's coal-supporting buddies….maybe letting the future generations deal with it?? Are you actually becoming to believe that it is all those "lazy, mooching unemployed takers wanting free stuff" that is ruining it for everybody else instead of Walmart and Wall Street?? Are you also secretly afraid that all those brown/black/yellow/purple people are going to take way your "good" life, too??
I am not a great church-goer at this stage of my life, having "been there" all through my youth, but this quote came to mind:
So, because you are lukewarm--neither hot nor cold--I will spit you out of my mouth. Revelation 3:16
I really feel that since we….Dems….cannot even stand up for what we believe in, cannot back up and cheerlead for the things their President has done for us ( but we can complain, and run from them in order to appear "above it all."), and cannot even attempt to get a word in edgewise about our goals to our corporate media, we got what was coming.
The next two years before the next presidential election will be very telling. If a failing educational system, privatization of all necessary services in the name of "saving money and efficiency", letting "free market" rule your healthcare choices, watching fewer groups of citizens being able to vote, watching a gradual militarization of the police forces that are supposed to be protecting you, seeing more of our state and government lands being exploited for profit by fossil fuel corporations to the detriment of people's health, and state governments decimating women's healthcare services…………..just don't take it out on this President. Blame Big Money, and yourselves.
Well, folks, here's new one in voter suppression. If shortening hours, closing polling places, requiring specific forms of ID (gun licenses, say, but not college student ID), fingerprinting, not giving correct information to people at wrong polling places, holding on to mail-in ballots or sending out just plain misleading packets (ala Koch Brothers)….just tell folks that their vote doesn't really count anyway.
"Again, the idea is to make voting a troublesome and an almost unnecessary act that in the big picture isn't worth the effort. “Maybe not this time” we'll say, due to that 20 minute drive to the other side of town where we’ll wait in a 3 hour line……
…...There’s no shame in it, your vote is statistically unlikely to affect the outcome of an election. "
DALLAS, Texas (Reuters) March 2003--There are a lot worse things in country music than your wife leaving you or your dog dying. There's stations not playing your music because you done gone and said some things against the president.
Music superstars the Dixie Chicks are finding out that criticizing President Bush's plans for war in Iraq can cost you air play, big time.
Country stations across the United States have pulled the Chicks from playlists following reports that lead singer Natalie Maines said in a concert in London earlier this week that she was "ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas."
Station managers said their decisions were prompted by calls from irate listeners who thought criticism of the president was unpatriotic.
"People are shocked. They cannot believe Texas' own have attacked the state and the president,"