I do not believe that the average republican voter is evil, or inherently unfair, or wants to destroy democracy. Unfortunately, elected republican politicians do not share the virtues of the rank-and-file — because they’re working very hard to deprive Americans of democracy.
I remember the assassination attempt on president Reagan. I was working for a defense contractor at the time, my somewhat liberal views weren’t shared by most of my co-workers, and I wasn’t shy about making my viewpoint known. In particular, I didn’t care for president Reagan. But I also made it known that I despised any attempt to take the presidency away from him by force — by any method other than legitimate election. He won the presidency fair and square, he got his 4 years in office (and another 4 to boot), and that was the only fair way to do it.
But republican officials today — especially in Pennsylvania — do not want to let the voters decide. They hate democracy so much that they’d rather set up laws designed for the specific purpose of making it harder for traditionally democratic-party voters (blacks, other minorities, the young) to vote in the upcoming election. One Pennsylvania legislator even admitted openly that the new voter-ID laws would “allow Mitt Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania.”
If he wants Mitt Romney to win the election, that’s his opinion and he’s entitled to it. Let Romney campaign, let the voters decide — that’s democracy in action. If he wants Mitt Romney to win by restricting voting access to those he doesn’t agree with, that is not democracy. Only someone who hates democracy so much that he can’t tolerate letting the people decide, would favor such laws.
But that’s what the republican party has come to. Not just in Pennsylvania but in Ohio too, where the republican secretary of state tried to extend voting to more hours of the day in mostly-republican districts while restricting it to fewer hours of the day in mostly-democratic districts. How obvious can you be in an attempt to favor one party over the other, not by reason and appeal to voters, but by making it harder for those who disagree with you to vote.
Anyone — anyone — who agrees with such policies, hates democracy. Even worse, they fear democracy. Unfortunately, far too many republican politicians have not only agreed with, they have enacted such policies. It’s cheating. They are cheaters. They don’t love democracy, they don’t love freedom, they hate it and they want to take your freedom away. Unless, of course, you’ll vote for them and their friends.
I call upon all Americans, and especially on registered republicans, to reject this whole dirty rotten strategy. Write letters to the editor of the paper. Write to your elected officials. Start a referendum to reject these underhanded schemes. Do whatever it takes to make them afraid ever to suggest such cheating again. Do it now. Do it loud. And be proud when you do it, so that you can actually call yourself proud to be a republican. Because right now, calling yourself republican in those states where politicians are cheating to inhibit legitimate voters, is something to be ashamed of. You are better than that. You are better than your representatives. But they’re not going to change, unless you make them.
Don’t let freedom-hating democracy-fearing cheaters be the leadership of your political party! Tell them in no uncertain terms that you might agree with traditional republican policies, but you do not agree that cheating to win an election is a traditional republican policy. Insist that the republican party dedicate itself to the opposite. That every American gets a vote, and we will not tolerate attempts to make it harder for those who disagree with us. That’s not the American way — don’t let dirty rotten scum make it the republican way.