Friday, February 21, 2014
Yes, it has finally happened. I am at a loss for words. The reason is simple. I like to keep my blood pressure at an even 100/76 and my pulse rate at 62. When it soars to 180/100 with a pulse of 110 it spells trouble. There is only one thing, outside of family health issues, that can raise my numbers that high and it is spelled R-E-P-U-B-L-I-C-A-N voter suppression so when I hear about so much Republican corruption and lies I pull away and watch reruns of "Leave it to Beaver" and remain mute. Obviously, that is NOT the way to fix the wrongs of this nation.
The issue is thus: Since Citizen's United, the Supreme Court’s malodorous decision, the flood gates of gargantuan Republican money have opened wide pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into Republican super pacs. This means humanoids like Sheldon Adelson supporter of Mitt Romney, Citizen Kochs, Karl Rove, and many more millionaires and billionaires like them use their ungodly sums of cash to take political control of and buy everything.
They can and do pollute elections all over the nation. Republicans rigged districts in states to take power and gerrymandered votes to take over the Congressional House. It is why the deceitful Chris Christie, Scott Walker, LePage of Maine, Rick Scott of Florida, McCrory of North Carolina and many others bring corruption to the heart of the nation. It is how the 1% intend to gain humongous power federally as well. It is chilling, it is hateful and it is threatening to our democracy's foundational fabric. The annihilation of our nation’s middle class through Democratic voter suppression by Republicans cannot stand.
In a few words: The 1% COULD have it all: the states, the legislatures, the courts, the educational system, the media’s message, the economy and, yes, EVEN SCIENCE ITSELF if we do not ACT!
All the money and control it brings cannot match the power of the people’s vote. Republicans know this and it is why they try so hard to subvert the Democrats' vote wherever they can. If they cannot capture elections fairly and squarely they will rig and/or steal them. Our vote is our only avenue to sane, humane and progressive policy. It is our only weapon against the control of a nation by a very few at the top. There is no compassionate conservative. The top 1% are an economic and social malignancy -- a cancer -- on our nation and its middle class. The gap between rich and poor has never been so huge as it is now. Without a strong, vibrant and economically secure middle class our nation, as we have known it, will cease to exist.
The Remedy: SECURE VOTING RIGHTS NOW FOR ALL AND ESPECIALLY FOR MINORITIES, WOMEN, THE ELDERLY AND THE POOR IN EVERY STATE whom Republicans have targeted for electoral elimination. If our voting rights cannot been secured by November’s time then we must beat these unconscionable excuses for humanity at their own game. We must pay any price and conform to any electoral obstructionist rules they have enshrined into policy. We must obey them and by any means necessary register to vote. Where we can we must, with the help of Attorneys General, overturn Republican illegal policies sorely wounded by the elimination of an important element of the 1965 Voting Rights Act rendered by the unmerciful activist five allegedly "conservative" Supreme Court justices who think prejudice is eradicated in our nation as we see the Ted Nugents of the Republican Party wave Confederate flags while they vilely and profanely impugn the dignity of our first African American president.
President John Kennedy’s inaugural words ring as true in our time as they did in his:
... [We are] unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this Nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today ... .
... we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.
The issues facing our nation are existential and threatening the only planet we know of that sustains all life. The Republican Party would return this nation to centuries past where under the cover of "states' rights" African Americans had no rights, where segregation occurred at lunch counters and drinking fountains because property rights prevailed over human rights, where human beings were the low hanging fruit murdered for the most trivial matters, where women were chattel, where quack abortionists killed women by the infection of quack medical procedures, where gay people committed suicide in large numbers, where government was for rich white men only and where the unequivocal laws of physics and the truths of science were denied.
We must beat them at their own game and do whatever is legally necessary to ensure our vote counts and register those we know who vote in Democratic droves.
The hour is late, the time is now and none of us should remain mute!