We are excellent in advocating and insisting on free and fair elections in the nations we conquer or are attempting to overthrow. The so-called ‘purple thumb‘ elections.
But when it comes to balloting here, several governors and local authorities are passing laws and adopting policies designed to prevent certain groups from voting: the poor, the black, the brown and the elderly.
It’s called voter suppression (See “Unconscionable Crime”), and it’s ripping the threads that hold together our democracy.
Lincoln urged, after Gettysburg, “that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” [ Abraham Lincoln Home Historic Site ]
We are witnessing acts designed to stop some of us from exercising our fought-for and died for-right to choose our leaders.
And, and as Eugene Robinson reports (above, in “Unconscionable Crime”) a five year Bush Justice Department mission to find voter fraud resulted in just 86 convictions.
If this goes unchecked, will we look anything like Lincoln’s vision?
The nation needs to ask, “What are we becoming?”
Panel Said to Alter Finding on Voter Fraud – New York Times, April 11, 2007
In 5-Year Effort, Scant Evidence of Voter Fraud (120 people charged, 86 convicted) – New York Times, April 12, 2007