Jim Crow Makes a Come Back: Disenfranchisement Comes to Ohio.
When the public grows tired of unpopular bills and the lawmakers that pass them, we either vote down the bill through referendum, and/or remove the law makers, right? Well, think again.
Here in Ohio, the Republicans have delivered a one-two punch in their efforts to eliminate the two party system, and do away with that pesky Democracy. Not only have they attacked collective bargaining under the guise of a “deficit emergency,” they have also bum rushed a bill titled HB 159, which requires voters to show a state issued ID, military ID, or a U.S. passport in order to vote. The two movements are used in tandem under Republican Governors in order to ensure that they pass can their corrupt bills with impunity. Furthermore, there are currently 21 other states either considering a similar bill, or in the process of passing it through their Republican dominated state legislatures.
Rep. Bob Mecklenburg claims “the bill is necessary to combat voter fraud and the perception of fraud.” When asked to provide actual proof of voter fraud in Ohio, he channeled his best Donald Rumsfeld in declaring that “I believe it happens,” and “It’s impossible to prove a negative.” Huh?
The conservative pursuit if voter fraud is a ruse, nothing more. In the last 8 years of voting in Ohio, there were a total of 4 instances of voter fraud out of 9,078,728 cases, a whopping 0.00004%. My bullshit detector is running rampant!
HB159 is a new version of the Jim Crow polling tax. Its purpose is to exclude nearly 900,000 Ohioans from voting, the majority of which are the elderly, disabled, low-income voters, students, and minorities. With the exception of the elderly, a majority of these people historically vote Democratic. Hmmmm, is anyone else making the connection here?
Furthermore, this boonswaggle of a bill is going to cost Ohio somewhere in the neighborhood of $20 million dollars to implement. That’s some great budget repair Governor Kasich.
This bill is not about voter fraud; it’s about disenfranchisement. Eliminate a great portion of the Democrats voter base, eliminate the Democratic Party. It’s that simple. It’s elitist discrimination at its best, and a brilliant strategy to keep the poor and middle class under the heels of the conservative jack boots.
Once the Republican Party establishes their dream of a fascist, closed society, this is what we can look forward to; a country where we have no voice. We can look forward to a country where the government becomes firmly entrenched in a woman’s ovaries. We can look forward to a nation where if you aren’t a heterosexual white male between 21 and 65, with an income that reaches well into 6 figures, you don’t count.
I can’t wait until the Republicans change our national motto to “In Koch we trust.”
- “Your papers, please”: Americans are more likely to be killed by a bolt of lightning than commit voter fraud! (allthingsreform.org)
- Letter: Voter fraud is phony argument (commercialappeal.com)
- Amid rancor, voter-ID bill moves to Ohio Senate (dispatch.com)
- The Bitter Battle Over Voter ID (theroot.com)
- Let’s All Email Fox News’ Voter Fraud Tipline! [Correspondences] (gawker.com)