“They Hate Us for Our Freedoms”

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

“They Hate Us for Our Freedoms.”

When W. Bush pronounced this about supposed cave-dewlling adversaries out to destroy the fundaments of our democracy, how many thought this might as well refer to the U.S. Supreme Court?

Apparently, there were earthquakes in both Chile and Washington, D.C. today.

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These two pieces in CommonDreams give a taste of what SCOTUS has in mind for this year’s definition of “democracy.”

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/02-0

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/03-6

Let My People Vote! … but don’t let them hear WHAT their voting for …

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

 

Sara Silverman takes on Voter ID laws which make it harder for likely Democratic voters to get to cast their ballots in November (on CommonDreams). Sounds good, right? Her spiel is cute and hip, as well. Check it out.
 JUST ONE THING, however … if you’re gonna get emotionally involved in her appeal, then you should be aware of these OTHER things, as well. Please be patient, however, and read through my comments, which follow. The Title of her original piece was “Let My People Vote.”
How about THIS, Sarah: “Let All People Be Fully Informed, … then Allowed to Vote — Fairly” Can you wrap your head, and skit, around THAT?  Cuteness Does Not Make Right (at least not yet).

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MY Comment to her piece on CommonDreams:

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Oh, so very CUTE … and informative. Thanks Sarah! Whodathunkit: that Republicans would try to use “legal-sounding” tricks to “profile” who gets an obstacle to voting!! SHAMEFUL.

Democrats — you’re being abused again to lessen your share of the Power. Democrats wouldn’t use their influence to stop people from participating in the election process — WOULD they?

Well, ok, ONLY if the ideas were coming from some insignificant “Third Party” whose notions on sustainable development, free and fair education, free and fair elections, punishing Banksters, and stopping illegal drone bombing and wars would upset the Corporate Apple Cart.

Historically, it seems the Democrats have done whatever was necessary to prevent smaller (and of course poorer) parties like the Green Party from gathering signatures and getting on the ballot. Surprised? They used ridiculously high numbers of signatures and interminable challenges to those signatures by well-paid lawyers. Dems have tried to stop Ballot Initiatives that would reform election practices, such as Clean Elections (publicly-funded), and Instant Runoff Voting which guarantees that only a Majority (50+) can win. Also, they have collaborated with their supposed adversaries, the Republicans, to prevent Greens and others from participating in Nationally Televised Debates, where topics off the Corporate Agenda might get brought up before the Public Eye: Items like our War Budget, the XL Pipeline, BP’s actions in the Gulf, Wall Street’s sweet deals, etc.

YES. Cry Foul, Sarah. Democrats might even agree enough to do something about those bad “laws” and make Voting FAIR again, right? But wait!? Weren’t the 2000 and 2004 elections STOLEN via dirty tricks in Florida, Ohio, and elsewhere? And didn’t Dems not even complain back then? Hmmm …

Here we are, in the good ‘ol USA, given a choice to select between the ideas and programs of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

But WHAT if you wished to show your OPPOSITION to BOTH their plans, like their Aggressive & Illegal foreign policies for our nation, or their joint opposition to a REAL National not-for-profit Healthcare Plan (like Single-Payer) for everyone??

… Oh, … just CAN it, right, Sarah? Save it for some OTHER election — just be overjoyed you got to cast a ballot at all!!

As for actually getting to VOTE for the IDEAS you truly believe in, well … some other time, maybe.

For all your efforts, Sarah, You deserve a medal from the Lesser-of-Two-Evils Society. Maybe even a statue.