Someone told me the other day I should post more often on my blog. My response is basically, if someone else is saying it, then I don’t have to. Usually, I just post about trends I see that, for one reason or another, don’t seem to be getting that much press.
So, let’s take a look at an angle in the NC Voter ID drama that I think isn’t getting the attention it deserves.
Tillis came out on MSNBC recently and said the Voter ID bill isn’t really about voter fraud, but about the integrity of the voting process. Well, congratulations, he’s finally saying something half way believable from a GOP standpoint.
It’s a fact, like it or not, that you’re many times more apt to be struck by lightening than to come into contact with voting fraud in NC. How anyone actually thought it was about fraud is beyond me.
So, what is the “integrity of the voting process?”
Perhaps a buzz word? Come on people wake up and smell the coffee. Who is more apt not to have a photo ID in NC? What color would they happen to be? What economic circumstances would they be up against? And, finally, which party or political agenda would be most hurt if those people didn’t vote?
While we’re all dancing around our pretty words and politically correct language let’s finally state the obvious: this voter ID issue is an attempt to nullify the people most likely to vote Democratic in an election.
The part of all of this that I find disturbing isn’t that the Republicans are trying to do this, but that we’re letting them do it by buying into all of the side augments that make the whole political process so convoluted.
Look at the collective approach. Unfortunately, we have a short attention span. If you pay attention to the GOP process you’ll see a trend: redistricting, shorter one-stop voting, voter ID…all the things that make it so much harder to get them out of office for years to come.
And, the reason average people aren’t raising Hell about it is because we (as Democrats) are experts at shooting ourselves in the damn foot, even when we’re right.
Make no mistake about it: NC Republicans are focused, backed by money and on point. Democrats, in contrast, are scattered with many ideologies all jockeying for position and attention. And, we spend more time and effort on “side augments” that for the most part will never go anywhere in the first place.
We’d better wake up.