Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Florida GOP Officials Admit Voter ID Laws Only About Subverting Democracy

Florida Governor Rick Scott (pictured above in a reflective moment), elected in the 2010 Tea Party wave of unqualified Republican nincompoops being put into public office, pushed hard for voter ID laws in Florida, claiming that voter fraud was wrecking the integrity of the vote. The truth was that GOP animals just wanted to suppress the votes of citizens who they reckoned would vote for Democrats.
Now the GOP in Florida have admitted they never cared about voter fraud—what they feared was democracy itself—and they passed voter ID laws to suppress the democratic process.

In a report that confirms the suspicions of most Democrats, current and former GOP officials and consultants in Florida, have admitted that voter ID laws were promoted by Republicans to suppress the votes of persons the GOP determined would likely vote for Democrats.

The report in the Palm Beach Post says that the former GOP state chair in Florida, Jim Greer, and former GOP Governor of Florida, Charlie Crist, have alleged that voter fraud as an issue was advanced solely as a way of "marketing" a legislative scheme Republicans wanted to use to suppress early voting and total turnout, both of which Republicans had determined were bad for the GOP.

While the assertion by Greer, who is currently under indictment in Florida for allegedly "stealing $200,000 from the party through a phony campaign fundraising operation", has been rejected by current GOP officials in Florida, the Post reports that "two veteran GOP campaign consultants" are backing Greer's and Crist's accusations.

Greer also said that while racism was a problem in the Florida GOP, it was not the primary motivation leading Republicans to try to suppress minority votes:
"It’s not really a broad-based racist issue. It’s simply that the Republican Party gave up a long time ago ever believing that anything they did would get minorities to vote for them."
Despite the efforts to subvert democracy on the part of the GOP, Florida voters went for Barack Obama in the 2012 election. Further, as the Post reports, "the Republican Party of Florida waged a campaign to defeat three Supreme Court justices this fall. Voters chose to retain all three."

This report raises a serious question that the MSM has so far failed to investigate: did Republicans engage in a national campaign of infringing the voting rights of millions of non-white Americans, to help the GOP win elections?

And if this fundamental attack on the democratic process occurred, what will the Obama administration do about it?

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