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Wanna Talk About Voting or as Some Wish ... Not

From: user 1.
Sent on: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 11:10 PM

To the Thinkers Preparing to Think About Voting


Back in July I started moving this group to considering more topical things that connect more directly with what is going on in the world.  For October I thought a little talk about all of this noise centered on how some truly want far less of us to vote than in 2008 when things didn’t go that great for some.  How many ways?  We could count them but since everyone is already talking about these, that might get a little boring … not as thoughtful.


But as things just keep getting more and more topical and the Thinkers have to think about something a little more high minded than one awful side just not want the other awful side to vote so they can assure victory, I have been thinking about a focus.  So please think about coming Monday to the Carrollwood  Cultural Center and join the ‘fun’.


So here are three centerpieces for our discussion this coming Monday so things just don’t evolve into a food fight.


By looking at our history of voting in this country, can we agree that the founders never intended because of their cultural prejudices at the time to allow everyone to vote and the struggles to include more people in the electorate has been possibly the most significant proof that our Constitution is truly a ‘living’ document.  If this is true, doesn’t this mean that the entire concept of ‘original intent’ is absolute bull pucky.


Given the modern trend for freedom winning out throughout most of the world in governance and that trend apparently accelerating, is the idea of voting to choose governance by the governed in places where this is allowed now a human right in a more human world?


At the September session where we focused on the security state, we sort of agreed on the idea that if the NRA and the ACLU agree on something, like ending the security state, it likely should just be done.  Is there not a comparable position that there is no rational position against letting freedom reign with universal suffrage for as many as possible?  Is a corollary of that notion that trying to strategically keep people from voting is evil, something truly worth banning … everywhere, most especially in this theoretical ‘land of the free’?


Does that sound high minded enough for our thinkers regardless of our personal prejudicial proclivities?


And while we are being higher minded, we should keep in mind the strategies that have been introduced and are being fought nationwide in the US less than a month from this election that could become so awful and ugly.  Wait, it is already awful and ugly, but  keep the following in mind anyway:


Important Voter Suppression Efforts by States in 2012


Voter ID, Blocking, Confusion (Targets Hispanics, Blacks, Elderly, Students)


Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New  Hampshire, Rhode Island, Virginia, Tennessee, Kansas, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina


Proof of Citizenship, Connected to Voter ID (Target Hispanics)


Michigan, Kansas, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia


Reduction of Early Voting, Keying on Last Weekend (MainTarget African Americans, Students, Elderly)


Ohio, West Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Colorado


Restrictions to Voter Registration Drives


Florida, Texas, Michigan


Other Hijinks


Florida (Less Mobility of Registration), Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Maine


And in closing, is Voter Registration not really the most obvious form of voter suppression?  Dipping thumbs in ink anyone?”


Dale Friedley

Head the Dork



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