Voter Suppression and the Founding Fathers

These days, the press is full of stories about a number of states’ (including the one in which I reside) using new voter ID requirements aimed at “eliminating voter fraud” as a cover to suppress voter participation by folks who are already disenfranchised (poor, people of color) – actual cases of voter fraud are so minimal, the need for major voter reform seems contrived at best, Machiavellian at worst, they say.

don't believe all you're toldYou must admit, it seems a tad suspect.

To bring that point home in a recent OpEd piece on the subject, Larry Norden of the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program was quoted as saying; “Our country was founded on the principle of all men being equal.  We should have equal access to vote.”

The problem with that statement; it’s not true.

Men held as slaves were not equal; they weren’t, according to many of our founders, even people, they were property.

So, the only difference between then and now; then those in charge made no effort to hide their intent to keep a portion of the US population from having an equal say. Now, they try to hide that intent via machinations that look clean and well intended.

Perhaps that’s our country’s definition of progress.

One thought on “Voter Suppression and the Founding Fathers

  1. Well, you can prove it is propaganda by listing all the cases of fraud that have been documented out there. However, most of these groups trying to tighten voter registration laws only claim there is fraud, often without listing actual cases of it. Meanwhile, this article is refuting that there is such voter fraud by showing there are few cases of proven voter fraud that have been reported. I would think that if such fraud existed, it would be reported. Therefore, which side is pushing the propaganda?

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