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  • Republicans are not even attempting to hide their contempt for the democratic process. In true Machiavellian fashion, they have displayed a willingness to take an ideological dump on the U.S. Constitution in order to further their political agenda.

    Team Romney pretty much wrote off the African American vote with his insulting, condescending speech during and interviews after his NAACP convention visit. Support from the Hispanic community was also a lost cause, in part due to the GOP’s stance on the Dream Act and their recent distraction with trying to make English the “official” language of the U.S. And policy approval from middle class senior citizens is likely to drop significantly due to the Republican Party’s continual attack on Medicare and Social Security.

    Since Republicans cannot count on the votes from these demographic sectors of the electorate, they have opted for a different approach — reduce the number of these citizens who are able to participate in the election process.

    And so they strategized (and to some extent, have implemented) a three-pronged effort to curtail the ability of minority, student, and elderly voters to participate in the election process:
    1) make it more difficult to “prove” your citizenship via voter ID legislation
    - unlike voting, buying beer or boarding a commercial airliner are not constitutionally-guaranteed rights.
    2) cull the registration database for names deemed to “probably” be fictitious or otherwise fraudulent. (Anyone whose surname ends in “-ez” is most certainly an invalid registrant …)
    3) eliminate early voting, since poor and elderly voters tend to have a more difficult time getting to the polls on the first Tuesday of November, and urban precincts are more likely to have extremely long lines that require you to stand for hours in line.

    With respect to the voter ID legislation/registered voter purges being pushed forth by Republican-controlled state legislatures under the guise of reducing nonexistent “voter fraud”, GOP legislators should simply cut to the chase and proclaim that the only Americans who have a legitimate right to vote are those who are registered members of the Republican Party.

  • State and federal judges have been kept extremely busy during the past two years, the result of having to toss out an onslaught of politically-motivated, baseless lawsuits and criminal complaints, as well as invalidate a rash of poorly conceived, mean-spirited, and largely unconstitutional laws emanating from GOP-controlled state legislatures.

  • labman57 commented on the diary post Will Mitt Romney Obey Ann Coulter and Fire Andrea Saul? by Teddy Partridge.

    2012-08-09 07:54:54View | Delete

    Andrea Saul has been accused of telling the truth, a first for a member of Team Romney.

    And as a result, an outraged Ann Coulter paid a visit to FOX PAC and promptly “melted down“.
    Unbelievable — I didn’t think this was possible without throwing a bucket of water on her.

  • Sanctimonious, scientifically-illiterate, theocracy-minded politicians and pundits have redefined what constitutes science to fit their own point of view. Therefore, they equate real science with natural phenomena under the control of God.

    What they don’t understand is that science is not merely a body of knowledge accumulated over the centuries, it is also the process through which this knowledge is attained. And so simply declaring that something is true because it says so in the Bible (or any other literary source) cannot be construed as science if that “fact” or “idea” was not the result of a valid, structured, self-critical scientific process.

    “God works in mysterious ways” is a religious rationalization for what these folks really mean: “I have no freaking clue how natural phenomena happen, nor how the process of scientific observation, experimentation, analysis, deduction, and discovery further our understanding of the universe”.

  • labman57 commented on the blog post Huntsman to Endorse Romney, Impact Should Be Very Minimal

    2012-01-16 19:10:15View | Delete

    Irony. Huntsman has flip-flopped on his opinion of the candidate that he condemned as a master flip-flopper.

  • Irony. The same folks who push for legislation permitting anyone to carry a concealed weapon in public are also those who want to prevent people from obtaining birth control.

    Because they believe in “protection“, they just don’t believe in “protection“.

  • Ryan and his fellow health insurance lobby lackeys in the Republican Party took a “General MacArthur” approach to destroying our nation’s Medicare system. His plan would not have made it immediately die — he simply wanted it to slowly fade away.

    … and with it the ability of future senior citizens to obtain affordable chronic condition treatment and preventative health care.

    Bottom line — most Congressional Republicans do not have the best interests of the vast majority of Americans at heart … and every day, more and more Americans are coming to this realization.

  • Geller, with her all too frequent irrational rants and diatribes, is the poster child for what happens when you ignore your shrink’s advice and refuse to take your meds.

  • labman57 commented on the diary post The Irony of Being Eric Cantor by masaccio.

    2011-10-23 10:19:05View | Delete

    Yet another smug, self-righteous conservative who lacks the courage of his convictions.

  • labman57 commented on the diary post Bachmann Signs Hate Pledge: Who’s Next?? by Teddy Partridge.

    2011-07-08 21:36:04View | Delete

    So this what conservative/tea party folks mean by “small, nonintrusive government”? 
Bachmann is just another delusional tea party brown-nosing theocrat who pretentiously claims to be doing “God’s work” — using cherry-picked biblical passages to justify her brand of social intolerance and religious self-righteousness. Bachmann insists that she is not a flake. “I am a serious [...]

  • labman57 commented on the diary post Known Hothead Prosser Accused of Throttling Fellow WI SC Justice by Phoenix Woman.

    2011-06-25 18:35:30View | Delete

    Just a symptom of the Machiavellian authoritarianism that seems to be a driving force within the Wisconsin conservative movement.

    First Walker. Then the state legislative majority. And now Justice Prosser. And not the first time that he has been accused of uncivil behavior toward a female colleague.

  • To the House Republicans, “traditional family values” means unplanned pregnancies by unwed, under-aged teenagers.

  • labman57 commented on the diary post Congresswoman Giffords Shot in Arizona by Teddy Partridge.

    2011-01-08 13:14:08View | Delete

    This is a logical outcome of the extreme hyperbolic rhetoric that has become a mainstay of the tea party movement — calls to “take back the country” and resort to “Second Amendment remedies” will only serve to boil the blood and embolden the irrational thinking of a handful of the most fervent supporters of Angle, [...]