Why have republicans like Paul Weyrich worked so hard to deny the right to vote to so many Americans?

To the reich-wing trolls Paul Weyrich died in December and may he ROT IN HELL;

Paul Weyrich – “I don’t want everybody to vote” (Goo Goo)

Weyrich is the father or reich wing republican anti-american voter suppression so they can steal elections instead of fairly winning them within the RULES

He just didn’t give a speech, he actively helped the right wing of the Republican Party create the dishonest machinery of voter suppression people like Harris in 2000 and Blackwell in 2004 used to deny United sates citizens from exercising the most basic right of a citizen, the right to freely choose their own leaders.

Things like;

Photo ID laws

The Republican Party has passed photo ID laws in seven states, including Indiana and Georgia. This disproportionately affects minority and elder voters who do not have driver’s licenses and lean towards voting Democratic. For example, about 12 retired nuns in South Bend, Indiana, were barred from voting in Indiana’s 2008 Democratic primary election because they lacked photo IDs required under a state law which the Indiana Supreme Court upheld in April 2008. John Borkowski, a South Bend lawyer volunteering as an election watchdog for the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, said, “This law was passed supposedly to prevent and deter voter fraud, even though there was no real record of serious voter fraud in Indiana.”

Purging voter rolls

In 2008, more than 50,000 registered Georgia voters were purged from voter rolls because of a computer mismatch in their personal identification information. At least 4,500 of those people must prove their citizenship to regain their right to vote. The state may make the burden impossible to meet. For example, the state of Georgia gave college senior Kyla Berry one week to prove her citizenship in a letter dated October 2, 2008. Unfortunately, the letter was postmarked October 9, 2008. However, Berry is a U.S. citizen, born in Boston, Massachusetts with a passport and a birth certificate to prove it. Wendy Weiser, an elections expert with New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice said, “What most people don’t know is that every year, elections officials strike millions of names from the voter rolls using processes that are secret, prone to error and vulnerable to manipulation.”

Just in case ya didn’t know, Georgia has a republican governor and Sec of State.

They were just following in the footsteps of Katherine Harris who did the very same thing in 2000 in Florida;

Florida Central Voter File

Between May 1999 and Election Day 2000, two Florida secretaries of state, Sandra Mortham and Katherine Harris, distributed the scrub lists produced by the cleansing process to counties and ordered the 57,700 people identified as “ex-felons” to be removed from voter rolls. Together the lists comprised nearly 1% of Florida’s electorate and nearly 3% of its African-American voters.

the facts;

In Florida during the 2000 presidential election, some non-felons were banned due to record-keeping errors and not warned of their disqualification before they no longer had the right to contest it.

In other words, many people on the list were NOT even a felon, they just shared a name with someone from ANOTHER state who was a felon, or some people had their right to vote reinstated before she illegally stole that right.

But Harris succeeded to throw the election in Florida to Bush in 2000 by her traitorous activity of denying US citizens their constitutional right to vote. In a sense she stole the election before she helped steal the election by blocking the counting of all the votes.

2002 New Hampshire Senate election phone jamming scandal

In the 2002 New Hampshire Senate election phone jamming scandal, Republican officials attempted to reduce the number of Democratic voters by paying professional telemarketers in Idaho to make repeated hang-up calls to block Democrats’ ride-to-the-polls phone lines on election day.

2004 presidential election

Allegations surfaced in several states that the group called Voters Outreach of America had collected and submitted Republican voter registration forms while inappropriately disposing of Democratic registration forms.

What the shit stack said to do in 1980, prevent American citizens who might not vote for you from voting at all;

Michigan Republican state legislator John Pappageorge was quoted as saying, “If we do not suppress the Detroit vote, we’re going to have a tough time in this election.”

2006 Virginia Senate election

During the United States Senate election in Virginia, 2006, Secretary of the Virginia State Board of Elections Jean Jensen concluded that the incidents of voter suppression appeared widespread and deliberate. Documented incidents of voter suppression include:
* Democratic voters receiving calls incorrectly informing them voting will lead to arrest.
* Widespread calls fraudulently claiming to be “Webb Volunteers,” falsely telling voters their voting location had changed.
* Fliers paid for by the Republican Party, stating “SKIP THIS ELECTION” was allegedly an attempt to suppress African-American turnout.

A particularly reprehensibly form of voter suppression practiced by republicans acting out the designs of voter denial for opponents of republican candidates;

Caging

Which under the National Voting Rights Act of 1993 (NVRA) should be illegal, but the Bush DOJ never enforced the law as usual.

Pre Election Day Operations New Registration Mailing

At whatever point registration in the state closes, a first class mailing should be sent to all new registrants as well as purged/inactive voters. This mailing should welcome the recipient to the voter rolls. It is important that a return address is clearly identifiable. Any mail returned as undeliverable for any reason, should be used to generate a list of problematic registrations. Poll watchers should have this list and be prepared to challenge anyone from this list attempting to vote.

* Shortly before the 2004 election, Palast also obtained a caging list for Jacksonville, Florida, which contained a high number of African Americans and registered Democrats. The caging list was attached to an email which a Florida Republican party official was sending to RNC headquarters official Tim Griffin.

Who BTW worked directly for Karl; Rove

* The Republican National Committee sent letters to predominately urban minority areas in Ohio. When 35,000 letters were returned as undeliverable, the party employed poll watchers to challenge the voters. Voting rights groups challenged the RNC in a case that went to the Supreme Court, but the RNC was not stopped from challenging those voters. Similarly, the RNC sent out 130,000 letters in Philadelphia hoping to cage voters there. Philadelphia is a city with a majority African American population that votes heavily Democratic. The Republicans were attempting to cage votes by people who were likely to vote for the Democratic candidates.

* In the Ohio court challenge, the RNC submitted a caging list that targeted urban and African-American areas in and around Cleveland.

* Journalists found evidence that the Republican National Committee (RNC) attempted to use caging to suppress votes in five states in the 2004 US presidential election. For example, in New Jersey RNC officials used caging lists to challenge absentee ballots and absentee ballot requests.

The reason I find caging particularly reprehensible, is because caging catches anybody who is NOT living at their home of record but registered to vote there.

Caging is designed to go after college students, a block of voters who historically normally do not vote republican,

BUT it catches another subset of the voting public in similar circumstances as to living at their home of record;

DEPLOYED MILITARY MEMBERS especially ones deployed to combat zones where mail sometimes takes upwards of six weeks to arrive and six weeks to be returned.

When the republicans cage a heavily democratic leaning district, they also deny the right to vote to the very people who are actively defending that very right.

During the Bush administration they even allowed voting suppression activist like Hans von Spakovsky and Bradley Schlozman to actively work within the Justice department lead by Alberto Gonzales, to work the anti-american ideas of Weyrich into using federal power to suppress the rights of American citizens to vote.

Republican based voter suppression, something Weyrich helped create and foster to help his extreme ideology to attack the country is a historical fact, People like Weyrich are traitors to the US Constitution, and our country.

And I have no quarter to give to traitors,

whether they use bombs like Timmy McVeigh did,

or the machinery of the Republican Party to subvert the US Constitution.

May they both rot in hell.

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23 thoughts on “Why have republicans like Paul Weyrich worked so hard to deny the right to vote to so many Americans?

  1. Before the brain dead trolls start with the RNC talking point;

    ACORN, ACORN, ACORN, ACORN, ACORN, ACORN, ACORN, ACORN, ACORN, ACORN, ACORN, ACORN, ACORN, ACORN, ACORN, ACORN, ……………………

    Remember ACORN was defrauded by individuals people ACORN hired,

    ACORN reported those violations to the appropriate state governments.

    ACORN has never been indicted OR convicted of any crimes, unlike operators of the republican attack on US citizens right to vote.

  2. So I guess he enlisted ACORN, you did mention voter fraud.

    How is it suppression of voting to demand an ID to vote. The reason democrats don’t want it is one person could only vote once or maybe three times in Chicago.

  3. ACORN is not a fraudulent organization. They had a few fraudulent employees who decided to sign up Mickey Mouse to vote, and guess what asshole SkudlyCONartist? These employees were dealt with and MICKEY MOUSE DID NOT SHOW UP TO VOTE, so there was no voter fraud in the end.

    THE AMERICAN TALIBAN (the republic party) HAS TO STEAL ELECTIONS TO WIN, OTHERWISE, RUNNING ON THEIR BELIEFS MAKES THEM LOSE.

    The votes for Barack Obama were so overwhelming the right wingers couldn’t steal the election. Ha ha.

  4. Great post, Clif, by the way! Very informative. I’m sure some of the neocons heads will explode reading the first few paragraphs, which is good, because exploding neocon skulls is exactly what our country needs right now to keep it safe! The less our nation has of them the better.

  5. because Republicans cant trust Americans to make their own decisions, because when they do, they vote Democratic.

  6. Clif, did you watch Jon Stewart’s interview of Jim Cramer last night? Holy cow! It’s good. Here’s the 3 videos of it posted on FireDogLake this morning:

    http://oxdown.firedoglake.com/diary/4182#comments

    Cramer has let the cat out of the bag about how he and others on Wall Street just manipulate the market everyday for their own benefit through rumors and short selling. And guess what? The CEO of TheStreet.com HAS QUIT HIS POSITION TODAY:

    http://firedoglake.com/2009/03.....interview/

    I’m telling you….Americans want to see more of this…..Wall Street crooks on the run and afraid of the power of the people!

    Meanwhile, Skudly and others continue to blame ACORN. Spit. Dumbasses. You truly are. So sick of your reasoning!

  7. *waving to Chris* Hi Chris! You go through Belfast a lot and know the house where the insane right winger, James Cummings, lived? Scary. What does a winger’s house smell like? Something tells me it smells like burning meth.

  8. How is it suppression of voting to demand an ID to vote. The reason democrats don’t want it is one person could only vote once or maybe three times in Chicago.

    All discredited reich wing RNC talking points

    ACORN has NEVER been indicted let alone convicted of ANYTHING;

    Not by the bush DOJ even though they had eight years to investigate,

    Five years after the Bush administration began a crackdown on voter fraud, the Justice Department has turned up virtually no evidence of any organized effort to skew federal elections, according to court records and interviews.

    Hans von Spakovsky and Bradley Schlozman could never prove their spurious charges even with all the resources of the DOJ ……………………

    Here is a chart of the 2002-2005 DOJ activity;

    95 cases and only 25 voters out of the about hundred million who actually voted?

    Real crime wave there skippy.

    BTW I wonder how many tens of million dollars they spent catching those 25 dangerous criminals?

    BTW skud-duumy FIVE cases of multiple voting, that wouldn’t have turned even the Frankin-Coleman tight as they come senate race cause Frankin is up by well over 200 votes.

    BTW do ya thunk all five live in Chicago?

    No cause one of the cases was about a voter in Milwaukee who voted twice.

    Real danger there, enough to disenfranchise over a million people each voting cycle like the reich-wing anti-American process Weyrich pushed for, and reich wingers all over this nation actively pursue.

    Not in Texas;

    In March 2009, the Republican Party is backing a photo ID in Texas, claiming widespread voter fraud which must be prevented by requiring voters to prove their identity. However, Democrats claim there is no evidence of voter fraud in Texas and a photo ID law will decrease voting by senior citizens, the disabled and lower-income residents, citing a study that 1 million of the state’s 13.5 million registered voters do not have a photo ID. Democratic Caucus Chairwoman Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio said this bill “is not about voter fraud. There is no voter fraud. This is about voter suppression.” For example, Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott spent $1.4 million investigating voter fraud without finding a single case of someone trying impersonate an eligible voter at a polling place. Republican Sen. Troy Fraser of Horseshoe Bay said, “Voter fraud not only is alive and well in the U.S., but also alive and well in Texas. The danger of voter fraud threatens the integrity of the entire electoral process.”

    Nice, reich-wing spin is used to justify disenfranchising hundreds of thousands of voters in the elections in the last decade while the facts show about 25 people actually committed a crime.

    Real American style of republican RNC coordinated spin for partisan gain OVER American values of Rights for all there skippy.

    Joseph Stalin, Saddam Hussein, Kim il Jung, Fidel castro and Adolph Hitler would be proud of ya all, seeing they all have used very similar styles of stopping those that disagreed with then from their voices being heard at the ballot box ……………..

  9. Poor Skudly, he so badly wants to believe George Bush was the Financial Messiah of the century along with his political party, The American Taliban.

    Well, SkudlyCONartist, we’ve only hit the surface. Funny how the guys connected to the right wing voter scams/election-stealing are dying. What are your thoughts on that? Let me guess, you think it’s just a coincidence just like you thought when the stock market would plummet 800 points under George Bush it was a just a market correction, huh?

    Asshole.

    Long live Jon Stewart and Clif of WNI! :-)

  10. “Cramer has let the cat out of the bag about how he and others on Wall Street”

    You would expect that from that rich Democrat Cramer.

  11. We don’t care who the scammers are, WE WANT THEM ALL IN JAIL. Meanwhile, you Skudly continue to protect the Bush Regime and how they did nothing to quell what has happened. You’re the idiot.

  12. What an ass, Cramer is. He’s just laughing it off? He should be in jail along with the rest of the assholes who thinks it’s funny when Americans lose their retirement savings on the market after these fuckers have stolen it!

  13. ACORN has never been indicted OR convicted of any crimes, unlike operators of the republican attack on US citizens right to vote.

    Well, son, there you go again not knowing your facts, foole.

    12 ACORN members were convicted of voter fraud in Missouri in 1986. They were ACORN members thus they are ACORN.

    Do a goole search on the words ACORN indicted and you will see just how many cases there are, which renders your statement null and void, son. Nobody ‘cept your fooles is buying your disinformation, son. Everyone else knows it’s bullcrap.

  14. Nice try at painting the entire organization with a broad brush when just a very few hired workers have been indicted or convicted.

    That logic means YOU believe since hundreds of GOP members and politicians have been indicted and convicted of sexual misconduct, rape, and even pedophilia, the entire RNC is guilty of those crimes since that is the legal logic you are using.

    ACORN the Organization has never been indicted nor convicted.

    Just like the RNC has never been indicted nor convicted of sex crimes.

    Individual members have, far too many members of the GOP have if you ask me, you clowns need to do a better job at cleaning your house …………….

    Keep a spinnin’ the brain dead RNC campaign talking points, which failed in the last election to swing it, cause you’ll just look dumber and dumber when you do.

  15. Kay..

    that guys house was right next to a store I would go into very frequently. To think a guy like that was living so close is scary indeed.

    people around here definately are talking about it, no matter what the news says.

  16. “Just like the RNC has never been indicted nor convicted of sex crimes”

    So what does that have to do with ACORN being a corrupt organization, bought and paid for by the DNC

    (edit by Clif: THIS skud dummy;

    Nice try at painting the entire organization with a broad brush when just a very few hired workers have been indicted or convicted.

    That logic means YOU believe since hundreds of GOP members and politicians have been indicted and convicted of sexual misconduct, rape, and even pedophilia, the entire RNC is guilty of those crimes since that is the legal logic you are using.

    ACORN the Organization has never been indicted nor convicted.

    Just like the RNC has never been indicted nor convicted of sex crimes.

    Individual members have, far too many members of the GOP have if you ask me, you clowns need to do a better job at cleaning your house …………….

    the FULL qoute makes the context obvious except to a dishonest reich-wing troll son.

    IE YOU

  17. “We don’t care who the scammers are”

    You forgot to add “as long as they are republicans or conservatives” The blinders keep you from seeing beyond your nose and that is where the corruption is,called a liberal democrat ACORN member.
    I realize Obama never worked for ACORN expect for money.
    He never knew blogovich beyond speaches, dinners and fund raising campaigns.
    He never has associations with criminals except Rezko who sold him the Wright House for a song.

    Look beyond you blinders and you will see some of the truth. The Republicans are far from blame but the Democrats make Republicans look like saints

  18. Far from it, son

    Tea Pot Dome scandal;

    Watergate,

    Iran-Contra scandal

    Lawyergate

    Plame affair

    Yellowcake forgery

    Enron scandal

    HUD Scandal (under Reagan)

    Spiro Agnew

    Wedtech scandal

    Savings and loan scandal

    Inslaw Affair

    Newt Gingrich

    Tom Delay

    Bob Ney

    Dusty Foggo

    John Doolittle

    Ted Stevens

    Rick Renzi

    Bernard Kerik

    Brian J. Doyle

    Steven Griles

    David Safavian

    Lurita Alexis Doan

    to name a few.

    Abramoff scandal

    Cunningham Scandal

  19. Thanks Cliff for this excellent post. I got interested in politics because the 2000 election did not pass the smell test for me. living in the Appalachian mountains of N.C. Not a newspaper, book in the library or TV program had anything close to the truth. Real close to a southern baptist college. The hills were full of fundies . Nice but fundies. I knew something was wrong anyway. You couldn’t find a NY Times in the entire county I lived in…..third largest in NC. Demonic I guess. Goddess was it gorgeous though

  20. Skudly, George Bush met Vladimir Putin of Russia and said he could see his soul, so does this mean Bush is connected to all of Putin’s KGB past?

    Your argument that President Obama is worse than the whole entire Bush Family & Friends, Inc. is very thin. Show us your proof!

    And Molly, you’re comment is spot on on another thread….having the Bush family in our state does bring in the riff raff.

  21. It’s more obvious then ever that the coup in 2000 led America to become a dictatorship under Dick Cheney.

    Their damage probably will never be repaired.

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