Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Oh dear, Pres. Clinton inject "racial overtones" into the discussions about voter ID bills!
You know the laws that GOP legislatures around the country are trying to implement: laws increasing the barriers to voting, by demanding additional identification, or picture ID's. (But thankfully in Texas a form of ID they'll accept is your gun registration.) Everyone knows the drill here: under the cover of trying to prevent "voter fraud" (which has happened, like, twice in the country's history), these legislatures want to enact requirements which will differentially deter blacks, the poor, and senior citizens; and will turn back far more who would vote Democrat than Republican.
Well, Bill Clinton decided to point out for the mainstream media what many with smaller pulpits have tried to highlight... and he did it in no uncertain terms:
"There has never been in my lifetime -- since we got rid of the poll tax and all the other Jim Crow burdens on voting -- the determined effort to limit the franchise that we see today."
Oddly, some in the GOP object to someone in the crowd smelling a skunk and calling it out. "To inject racial overtones in something like this is not responsible. To me it's a sign that Democrats are already very worried about 2012." Yeah, well, the GOP actions kind of indicate how worried they are, that they need to disenfranchise people in order to win.
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