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Is This Our Last Chance?
Author: BobR    Date: 2018-11-01 12:00:00

 

First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
- Martin Niemöller



This will be my last chance to write a regular blog before the midterm elections next week. My next blog will either be a celebration or a post-mortem (hopefully, the former). How things end up are contingent on 3 things: The success of voter suppression tactics, the success of vote tampering, and voter turnout.

Voter Suppression Tactics: This is how the GOP cheats. They raise scares about "voter fraud" (which is virtually non-existent), while they purge tens of thousands of people from their voting rolls, coincidentally from areas that tend to vote for Democrats. The not-at-all-liberal newspaper USA Today has an Op-Ed about this:
Republican politicians across the country are scared for their jobs, but instead of coming up with policy proposals to win over more voters, they’re trying to rig our elections.

Whether it’s kicking eligible Americans off the voter lists for simply not voting, refusing to process voter registration cards, moving or shutting down polling places, trying to confuse voters about requirements or any number of other shady tactics, Republicans across the nation are trying to stop eligible voters from voting.

They are, in short, attacking our democracy for their political gain.
(much more at the link, for those who don't already know about this)

What this requires is voter's knowing their rights, and demanding the opportunity to fill out a provisional ballot, should they discover at the polls that they've been disenfranchised of their most sacred right as an American. In tight races, every vote counts; don't leave the polling place without voting.

Vote Tampering: This can take numerous forms. In Texas (which uses touchscreen voting machines), there are reports of ballots showing a person selecting Republicans for individual races when they select the Democratic straight ticket (due to a design problem which is oddly reminiscent of the "butterfly ballot" issue in FL in 2000). Electronic tabulators are also prone to hacking, whether from inside or outside our country. Which leads us to...

Voter Turnout: The best defense against these tactics (other than aggressively working to eliminate them) is a massive overwhelming turnout. This is an "all hands on deck" moment for this country as we teeter on the precipice of totalitarian fascism and violent white nationalism.

My only hope is that we as a country are becoming more "woke" to the problems of the non-white-male majority being beaten down by the tyranny of the minority. In this melting pot we call the United States, Jews and Muslims have learned that they need each others' backs, whether it's Jews raising money to rebuilt a burned out Mosque, or Muslims raising money to fix a vandalized Jewish cemetery, or Muslims starting a crowd-funding site to raise money for the victims of the horrific mass-murder in a Pittsburgh synagogue last week.

Neo Nazis, neo Confederates, and other "white nationalists" have been given tacit approval via the stochastic terrorism coming from the White House. It's up to us - the privileged white middle class - to speak out via our votes to protect those being marginalized by the boot heels of this administration. Failure to do so is a moral crime of indifference and inaction that may well doom us all.

VOTE!

 

21 comments (Latest Comment: 11/01/2018 21:58:06 by livingonli)
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Comment by Scoopster on 11/01/2018 12:16:49
Mornin' all.. I'll just leave this here.





Comment by Raine on 11/01/2018 13:05:35
DOTARD has about to land at JB Andrews, before Executive time.

Good morning.

Comment by Raine on 11/01/2018 13:08:53
Amen to your Blog, BobR.

Comment by wickedpam on 11/01/2018 13:12:31
Morning

That Cruz tweet is still funny. Too bad he's still a jerk.

Comment by wickedpam on 11/01/2018 13:12:57
Quote by Raine:
Amen to your Blog, BobR.



Truth!

Comment by Raine on 11/01/2018 14:09:57
Comment by Raine on 11/01/2018 14:11:17
Quote by Raine:
Whitey was whacked.

A prison official identified one of the suspects as Fotios “Freddy” Geas, 51, a Mafia hit man from West Springfield, Massachusetts. He is serving a life sentence at the Hazelton penitentiary in West Virginia for the 2003 killing of the leader of the Genovese crime family in Springfield.

Daniel Kelly, who has represented Geas for many years, said in an interview that he had no idea whether his client was involved in killing Bulger, who was an informant for the FBI, a relationship he manipulated as a cover while he betrayed and murdered rival gang members.




Comment by livingonli on 11/01/2018 17:02:14
God the content wars are getting ugly because Dish has pulled HBO over price (also applies to Sling which is owned by Dish).

Comment by BobR on 11/01/2018 17:32:33
Comment by Raine on 11/01/2018 17:33:20
Steve king loses his shizzle:





Comment by Raine on 11/01/2018 17:35:22

That is worse than I had been hearing it was.

it's racist gross and fanning flames of hate.

Comment by livingonli on 11/01/2018 18:29:49
I hope the high voter turnout is more a symbol of the disgust with Trump which is larger than the racist base that is sucked into that bullshit.

Comment by Scoopster on 11/01/2018 18:40:12
ABC: WH taps Dept. of State spokesperson Heather Nauert to be UN Ambassador.

Comment by wickedpam on 11/01/2018 18:49:35
Quote by Scoopster:
ABC: WH taps Dept. of State spokesperson Heather Nauert to be UN Ambassador.


Who? She a cultist?

Comment by Scoopster on 11/01/2018 18:58:16
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Scoopster:
ABC: WH taps Dept. of State spokesperson Heather Nauert to be UN Ambassador.


Who? She a cultist?

She was brought on as Tillerson's spokesperson, then also became an Undersecretary of State after he left. Before that she worked at Fux Gnus.

Comment by wickedpam on 11/01/2018 19:04:11
Quote by Scoopster:
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Scoopster:
ABC: WH taps Dept. of State spokesperson Heather Nauert to be UN Ambassador.


Who? She a cultist?

She was brought on as Tillerson's spokesperson, then also became an Undersecretary of State after he left. Before that she worked at Fux Gnus.


ugh - so cultist.

Comment by livingonli on 11/01/2018 19:06:09
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Scoopster:
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Scoopster:
ABC: WH taps Dept. of State spokesperson Heather Nauert to be UN Ambassador.


Who? She a cultist?

She was brought on as Tillerson's spokesperson, then also became an Undersecretary of State after he left. Before that she worked at Fux Gnus.


ugh - so cultist.

Sounds like it. The relationship between Trump and Fox News is very incestuous.

Comment by Raine on 11/01/2018 19:25:12
happy afternoon everyone.

Comment by Scoopster on 11/01/2018 19:40:31
Comment by Scoopster on 11/01/2018 19:46:44
OH DELICIOUS SCHADENFREUDE





Comment by livingonli on 11/01/2018 21:58:06

And Lancaster, PA seems an unusual place to put in since most people go there for the outlet malls or to see the Amish.