Voting Rights Under Siege by Republicans in The Third Reconstruction


A brilliant little gem from the makers of 9500 Liberty

Believe it or not, once upon a time, Republicans were the ones fighting for the expansion of voting rights.

Okay, so that was more than a century ago, following the Civil War. Still, it's interesting to watch this short video by Annabel Park and Eric Byler, the filmmakers behind the gripping documentary 9500 Liberty, and compare the actions of Lincoln Republicans in the post-Civil War South to GOPers today, who seem hell-bent on suppressing the vote in every way imaginable.

In The Third Reconstruction, part of an ongoing project by Park and Byers at the website StoryofAmerica.org, the Reverend Dr. William Barber, president of the North Carolina NAACP, gives viewers a lesson in what life was like prior to the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

During what Barber refers to as the "First Reconstruction," Republican politicians worked with African Americans in the states of the former Confederacy to draft state constitutions and enfranchise people who previously had no way to participate in democracy.

But a white backlash killed the First Reconstruction. It wasn't till the 1960s that segregation and Jim Crow voting laws began to be rolled back by a broad coalition of activists.

Barber labels those who do not understand why people are upset by these 21st century versions of the poll tax as "ahistorical," which is a nice way of saying "ignorant."

If I thought it would do any good, I'd like to see Republican pols here in Sand Land who're on a voter-suppression kick, people like state Senator Michele Reagan and Attorney General Tom Horne, strapped to chairs with their eyelids held open a la A Clockwork Orange while they watch The Third Reconstruction over and over again.

Sigh. Poor Abe Lincoln. The guy's probably rolled over so many times in his grave that his stovepipe hat looks like a giant corkscrew.

There are more recent Rs who have been on the right side of this issue, more recent than the Lincoln Republicans mentioned here. Mitt Romney's father George comes to mind.

Try finding one today, however. That species of Republican seems extinct.


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ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

Consider yourselves warned: This behavior underlies a VIRULENT form of bigotry and racism within the American psyche.  We have seen it here in this State ever since Ev Mecham was in office.  All this racist complex, which exists in all of us, needs is a leader to light the spark - and Brewer, Horne, Arpaio, etc. are striking that firestarter pretty hard.  We must excise this mental illness from our populace with isolation and disparagement. 

Read a little about how mobs grow - This my friends, is a racist MOB in formation!

valleynative
valleynative

One form of election fraud that you don't hear much about is how safe and trivially easy it is to buy votes if all you have to do is offer people a few dollars to register but NOT vote, so that you can have your own people vote in their name.

Are you sure voter ID laws are really a bad idea?

robert_graham
robert_graham

Only illegal alien votes are being supressed and it should be.  Voter ID is a common-sense approach in assuring that the elections are clean and that those not authorized to vote do not.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

its appalling the lengths they are going to rig elections by disenfranchising those that dont vote R. Rather than change their ways to actually, you know, win over people like its supposed to be...theyd just prefer to lie, cheat, and steal their way to total power..

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

@valleynative......."how safe and trivially easy it is to buy votes".... It seems that U may be speaking from experience and U might be a minion for the DRAMA QUEEN, who probably has done that before, 'cause I don't believe that the OLD FOOL would win in a  "CLEAN ELECTION" process without doing something like that.......I know U are gonna say; the OLD FOOL is not the topic here........but it comes to mind when U're refering to "buying votes". THINK ABOUT IT

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@valleynative yes, they are a bad idea. who decides what ID is valid? Look up True the Vote..a tea party group that volunteers in elections and is known to harass minorities..Also, not everyone in the country can afford an ID, so unless they are free and available to anyone to me its a bad idea...but just for an example..one kid documented his 3 day ordeal, where he had to go from one place, to the next, to the next, and so on..all by train (PA i think)..so he lost 3 days of work, just to be able to vote. Sorry, but thats sad and wrong to me

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan you are such a dumb shit...even the GOP in PA couldnt provide a single occurrence when asked to by the court when they tried to pass their voter ID law..meanwhile, Brewer cut over 100k people from the voting rolls without an explanation her last year as Sec of State...yea, try facts..i know they dont ever help you, but you should try them sometime

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@IdontRecall  You don't seem to be in any position to be calling anybody else a "fool".

I don't support Arpaio, and can't imagine why you would assume that I do.


valleynative
valleynative

@david_saint01 Free, I agree with.  Available to anyone, obviously not.  I don't think requiring people to have acquired some form of acceptable ID by the time they've made it through years of public education is an unreasonable burden.

valleynative
valleynative

@david_saint01 Every time I hear the argument that "no cases of abuse have been documented", I laugh out loud.  It shows that you haven't really given the problem any thought at all.

If you don't check ID's, how could you possibly tell if unregistered people were voting?

If you're not allowed to check citizenship, how can you document that illegal aliens are voting?

Think it through.


david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@valleynative @david_saint01 im sure you are aware of the gerrymandering or redistricting in several states? start there. Next, move on to True the Vote. After reading up on them, ask yourself why only GOP sec of states in contested states last election were the only ones purging voter rolls without explanation. Shit in FL they were purging people off rolls saying they were dead, when in fact they were alive! Look at what Bennett did here. Met with the Tea party, who promptly give him shit for not demanding Obama's BC..and what do you know, 3 days later hes causing a stink demanding it. Sounds like he reps one party, not the people of AZ. 

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

@valleynative @MotherJones The money taxpayers spend on the Elections Department personnel here in Arizona and around the country is our guarantee that fraud OF ANY KIND will be held to a minimum.  Obviously , you are not aware of the stringent requirements written into the law governing our elections here on the Elections Department to "certifiy" the election.  These people are diligent and hardworking.  In addition, the laws allowing challenges to the votes casts also come into the equation.  Why are you so quick to give away our right to vote?  It is a RIGHT, just like gun ownership, yet you treat it as something to be meted out with restrictions - Are you wealthy enough to afford an id, or a car, or a house.  Then you can vote.  Are you healthy enough to travel to the DMV, to travel to the polling station, to travel to the superior court to obtain a birth certificate. Your cavalier attitude towards the dimunition of the right to vote of ALL CITIZENS is hypocritical.  Millions of qualified voters were denied their franchise last election because of laws just like this.  If one person's right to own a gun was infringed, you'd be howling like a stuck pig!  However, in this case, you're cheering on the pigs who are passing laws that take a fundamental right away - the right to vote!

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@MotherJones You've misunderstood the situation.

The assertion being made is "voter fraud is not a problem".   The absurd attempt to support that assertion is that there is no evidence that it happens, although the same people freely admit that the system would not allow such evidence to be collected.

As you say, the absence of evidence is not evidence of absence, but we're talking about the absence of voter fraud.  The absence of evidence is not evidence that it doesn't happen.t

So it's really not me who's full of shit.


MotherJones
MotherJones

@valleynative @MotherJones A logical fallacy, a classic "appeal to ignorance." Or as Carl Sagan used to say, "absence of evidence is not evidence of absence."

Bottom line: You have no evidence to back up your assertion. So, as far as I'm concerned, you're full of shit until you can come up with some.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

@valleynative @MotherJones A government issued ID is not proof of citizenship you fugking idiot! They can be forged.  You are nothing but a damn fool, a consistent damn fool, but a damn fool nonetheless.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Idontrecall  Somebody who wanted to be able to vote more than once for the candidate of his choice.

Hope this helps.  Doubt that it will.  Good luck in life.

Idontrecall
Idontrecall

@valleynative, R U related to Gin Jan Brewsky, 'cause UR post is a BRAIN'S FART...who in the fuck would want to vote using an "Illegal's" name....would U?.... CONGRATS. U just proved what I suspected about U.

valleynative
valleynative

@david_saint01 I wouldn't expect illegals to vote, but I would expect them to register to vote and allow others to vote in their name.  No way to get caught, because they can't ask for ID.

valleynative
valleynative

@MotherJones Did you not understand the part that it can't be proven unless you allow ID's to be checked?

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@valleynative @david_saint01 LOL how bout you think it through..if the GOP could prove it happens, dont you think they would have when given the chance?? Have you ever read the stats regarding illegal voting? 90% are felons that didnt know they couldnt vote. Why do you think with all their howling at the moon, they have never once been able to provide facts to back the assertion? Cause it doesnt happen. I live in a high hispanic area by the way, i saw few hispanics waiting in line to vote. Illegals arent looking to get caught, to think they vote without any facts is just plain dumb 

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@david_saint01 It's not a contest, David,  The point I made was that both parties engage in it.  I don't believe that every True the Vote incident counts as intimidation, either.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@valleynative @Idontrecall LMAO one Black Panther equals intimidation versus thousands of True the Vote people who intimidate minorities in several states!?! yea, you lose that one. 

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Idontrecall  Even the articles that claim to be able to prove gerrymandering based on vote counts say that Illinois is currently gerrymandered in favor of Democrats. It was more common in the past.  For examples of voter intimidation by Democrats, you only need to google "Black Panthers".

Idontrecall
Idontrecall

@valleynative, would You care to give some examples of the Democratic Party gerrymandering or voter intimidatiopn

valleynative
valleynative

@david_saint01 More populous states tend to vote Democrat.  Less populous areas, in which people tend to be more independent, tend not to like the Democratic platform.

valleynative
valleynative

@david_saint01 Both parties do their best at gerrymandering, and always have.  Both parties have examples of voter intimidation.  Both parties are corrupt and primarily interested in their own agendas.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@ValleyNative @david_saint01 you do know that while the GOP has the majority in the house, the Dems running for the House got more votes? and not by a slim margin

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