Are we a country whose democracy is active, or are we at a point where our democracy is approaching a state of inaction?

Democracyinaction Politics and Policies free discussions

22Dec/113

And the survey says………


Empty Talking Head

Talking-heads, magazines, and Internet sites bombard us with the latest polling results.  Breathlessly, they reveal Rasmussen's and Gallup's latest findings.  They tell us how likely it is that Americans will vote for President Obama.   They provide us with a statistical  inkling of how Romney or Gingrich will fare.  They inform us how Americans feel about the economy, or how much we trust the President or Congress.  They have irresponsibly ask their scientifically balanced samples if Obama was born in the United States.  They poll Americans on a vast array of topics.  There are other questions that need to be asked, but will likely never be asked because, if queried,  the resultant numbers may show us who we are.

During the last few months  Republican governors and their state legislatures, under the guise of preventing voter fraud, have passed a plethora of laws and regulations making  it more difficult for many Americans to cast their votes in the coming elections.

David Drumm, a guest blogger on Jonathon Turley's site sums it up as follows:

"There are two ways to increase your chances of winning an election, get more voters to cast their ballots for you, or get fewer voters to cast their ballots for your opponent. The GOP had decided to pursue the latter option."

"There is nothing more sacred in a democracy that the right to vote, so an attack on voting rights is an attack on democracy. That is exactly what is happening in many states across our land. Republican governors and legislatures are passing laws making it extremely difficult for certain Americans to vote."

http://jonathanturley.org/2011/07/31/the-gop-and-voter-disenfranchisement/

For readers who want a fully comprehensive report on voter suppression peruse the report of NYU's Brennan  Center for Justice.  It is long, complete and for me,  a terrifying expose'.

http://brennan.3cdn.net/92635ddafbc09e8d88_i3m6bjdeh.pdf

The right to vote is the only right that insures that we have a government for, of and by the people. This right is being suppressed. Why is there little or no uproar? 

Take away a citizen's right to carry a semi-automatic handgun, and they scream; take away the right to have the Ten Commandments posted in a courthouse and they scream, but not on this one. Why?

What is more important?

Such a question?

I propose that Gallup and Rasmussen  help determine the answer to this conundrum.  Some questions I suggest they ask:

The Right to Vote Survey…. (Note: your answers will remain confidential)

1.  Should people who use more tax revenue than they contribute have the right to vote?

2.  Should there be mandatory drug testing before voting (Excluding Martinis and Budweiser)?

3.  Should Godless atheists be permitted to vote?

4.  Should  persons unemployed for more than a year be allowed to vote?

5.  Should unwed mothers be allowed to vote?

6.   Should people on welfare be allowed to vote?

7.  Should people on food stamps be allowed to vote?

8.  Should the homeless have the right to vote?

9.  Should Muslims have right to vote?

10. Should people whose primary spoken language is not English be allowed to vote?

I don't and won't know the results of this never be conducted poll, but  my fear is that much, far too much, of our populace has little interest in the other's right to vote. Regrettably, I believe many would prefer that the non-working poor, people with skin or thoughts different from them not have the right to vote. The right to vote is power; you don’t give power to the scapegoats of your society.

This Only Applies to Others

Comments (3) Trackbacks (0)
  1. Opposing efforts to reduce access to voting is the right thing to do. However, how do you make the horses drink? In local elections it is not uncommon to have turnout of less than 20% of the registered voters. Even in national elections the turnout is pitifully low. Perhaps your efforts would be better spent teaching and convincing registered voters about the ramifications of not exercising this most important right?

  2. You make a good point, perhaps the fear of losing the vote may wake some people up from a state of apathy… One addtional point: these restrictions on voting appear to affect seniors disproportionally to their numbers in the population…and seniors vote at significantly higher percentages than the norm…
    I have heard Austrailia (may not be true) fines people who do not vote… I don’t think this would fly hear.

  3. The conservatives wave the flag, praise the young men and women who have paid dearly to protect our liberty and democracy, and then they unashamedly convive to remove the right to exercise our most fundamental right of being a citizen… Makes me sick! ..


Leave a comment

No trackbacks yet.

Featuring Recent Posts WordPress Widget development by YD