Friday, April 17, 2020

No One Does Voter Suppression Like A Conservative-- A Guest Post By Jeff Rasley


You may think of Jeff Rasley as a travel writer and Himalayan trekking organizer. His last post for us-- over at our travel blog-- dealt with his cross-country drive through the American pandemic. Jeff describes himself as "an elderly white-male person, whose tongue is getting sore from pressing against his cheek (sort of)." But as a young attorney in a firm in Indianapolis, he was a supervisor of Mike Pence, when Pence was a summer legal intern with the firm. Rasley is the author of Polarized! The Case for Civility in the Time of Trump, and nine other books. His website is

Let’s Do Voter Suppression The Right Way!
-by Jeff Rasley

"As people do better, they start voting like Republicans...unless they have too much education and vote Democratic, which proves there can be too much of a good thing." -Karl Rove
Republicans have routinely engaged in voter suppression efforts since the 2000 Bush v. Gore election. Rather than trying to attract black and brown people to vote Republican, the GOP has strategically reduced the political power of racial-minorities by reducing the number of eligible voters. Republicans have managed to swing several close elections their way. Rather than being outraged about the fundamental unfairness of their tactics and filing lawsuits, let’s turn the tables and suppress their votes. Let’s disenfranchise one of the pillars of the Trump base, elderly white people.

During Jim Crow, southern segregationist-Democrats used literacy tests and poll taxes to disenfranchise African-Americans. In the 21st Century, Republicans employ more sophisticated strategies to deny just enough votes of black and brown voters to tip certain elections in favor of Republican candidates. Gerrymandering, burdensome registration and ID requirements, throwing out votes by Republican Secretaries of State, and voter intimidation at polling places are the techniques employed by Republicans.

The most recent ploy was the April 7, 2020 Wisconsin election. Governor Dan Evers ordered the election postponed out of concern for health risks to voters during the corona-virus pandemic. The Republican-dominated legislature and state Supreme Court over-turned the Governor’s order. But-- ha ha!-- it backfired. Democrats won most of the contested elections.

The Democratic win in Wisconsin was, however, an anomaly. Despite the health risks, voter turnout was high; probably due to fury over Trump’s bungled response to the pandemic.

Republican vote tampering in Florida (remember “hanging chads”) gave us W instead of Al Gore in 2000. Think how different the world would be, if Gore, not W, had been President. How many fewer Iraqis, Afghanis, and U.S. soldiers would have died? Would the Great Recession of 2008 been as bad?

One of the most egregious examples since then was the Maryland gubernatorial election in 2010. Republican candidate Bob Ehrlich's campaign manager, Paul Schurick, was convicted of fraud and other charges. Republicans placed thousands of Election Day robo-calls to black Democratic voters telling them that the Democratic candidate had won, so they didn’t need to vote. The calls reached 112,000 voters in majority-African American areas.

Former Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach was repeatedly sued by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) for trying to restrict voting rights in Kansas. In July 2016 the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down North Carolina’s photo ID requirement, finding that the law targeted African Americans "with almost surgical precision." In 2018, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp was also running as the Republican candidate for Governor. As Secretary of State, Kemp suspended the applications of 53,000 voters, most of whom were African Americans. Kemp also upheld strict voter registration deadlines, which prevented 87,000 Georgians from voting, because they missed the deadline.

Those are just a few of the many times Republicans have suppressed minority-voter turnout in the last 20 years. (For a more complete list, check out Wikipedia’s entry on “Voter suppression in the United States.”) They will be up to their usual hijinks this fall to try to keep the Orange Clown in office. So, if you can’t beat them, join them.

What I propose is a straight-forward approach to voter suppression. It is a return to what Democrats used in the segregated South during Jim Crow. It’s a voter intelligence test in the form of a three-part questionnaire.

1. Were you unable to discern that Richard Nixon was a crook, and you voted for him in 1968 and again in 1972?

2. When George W. Bush ran for a second term as President, did you still fail to realize he was incompetent to be President and you voted for him a second time?

3. Did you vote for Donald Trump in 2016 because he appealed to you for any of the following reasons? a) He is a successful businessman and we need a brilliant business mind like his to run the country. b) He will drain the swamp and blow up the Washington political establishment. c) He will restore America’s greatness and regain the respect we lost under Obama’s weak leadership. d) No woman should ever be President. e) He was chosen by God to turn the country back to its divinely ordained Christian values.

Under my proposed “voter discernment law,” anyone who answers affirmatively to the first question will be denied the right to vote, unless redeemed by negative answers to the second and third questions. Correcting that initial mistake would prove that “an old dog did learn a new trick.” But unredeemed Nixon voters would be scrubbed from the polls due to their stupidity. That would rid us of a large swath of elderly white people, which would likely guarantee that Trump will not be reelected.

But to make sure of that result, anyone who voted for W a second time must be purged on the basis of a clear inability to discern incompetence. Younger or older voters, who voted for Trump in 2016 for any of the listed reasons-- maybe any reason-- should also be struck from voter rolls. Thus, anyone inclined to vote for future candidates, like crooked Nixons, incompetent Ws, or narcissic-fascistic-crooked-incompetent Trumps will be spared the trouble of casting a vote.

The law will allow those failing the voter-intelligence test to vote in local elections. We’ll let these partially disenfranchised voters to screw up the communities where they live, and then have to live with the consequences. But they should never again be allowed to fuck up an entire state, let alone the whole country with their uncanny ability to make the worst choice on Election Day.

Although voter suppression has a foul and dirty history, consider a brighter future in which the proposed voter-intelligence test will save the world from the disastrous consequences of electing the likes of the three afore-mentioned U.S. Presidents. At the very least, by culling these foolish voters the Republican Party might be goaded into nominating candidates worthy to serve as President of the United States.

Now, if this voter-intelligence test offends your democratic principles, the author admonishes the reader (with tongue partly in cheek) to consider that: 1. Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it; and the voting history of those who voted for all three of those historically bad presidents proves they lack capacity in discerning who is unworthy to become leader of the free world. 2. Whether it is insanity or stupidity, making the same mistake repeatedly is a really bad thing to do. Shouldn’t there be consequences?

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At 7:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Our leverage goes up as the voting populace goes down"

At 8:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

kkkarl rove got it wrong. it takes a real moron to keep voting democrap after the likes of Clinton, obamanation, $hillbillary, pelosi and FUCKING BIDEN!

The depth of stupidity it takes to believe biden is presidential material... mind boggling.

At 7:35 AM, Anonymous Jeff Rasley said...

Btw, The law firm did not offer Pence a job.

At 9:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@12:02, you should actually read.

"As people do better, they start voting like Republicans...unless they have too much education and vote Democratic, which proves there can be too much of a good thing." -Karl Rove

At 11:18 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

I forsee tRump going down as the worst President ever, he speaks at a 6th grade level, most likely we will never see his college transcripts along with his tax filings. Wish Preet Bharara could be the prosecutor when he faces some of his 3500 lawsuits in the future.-JP

At 9:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

trump is probably the worst ever. Nobody alive remembers polk or harding or hoover. harding might have been as bad. Nixon wasn't as bad.

cheney, who was kind of acting president for 7 years, was at least as bad, but he took no interest in much of domestic policy as he focused on his PNAC wet dream (look it up). W wasn't as bad.

But here's the thing: he's the worst SO FAR!! because the democraps are such an ocean of pig shit and because lefty voters are so fucking stupid and because the money owns both parties... we always get the next 'shittiest democrap prez' (Clinton, obamanation) only after a really shitty Nazi (Nixon/ford, cheney/w). And they are always so odious that the next 'shittiest Nazi prez' becomes inevitable (cheney/w, trump).

So, since biden (if he wins) and that democrap party SHALL be the 'worst ever', project how bad the next 'worst nazi' could possibly be... then multiply by 10.

That's what will happen in 4 or (max) 8 years. but since it's biden, it'll be 4 years.

and if the Nazis win the house in 2022, he might even be impeached. And I bet he'll deserve it.

At 9:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am very concern for those who are blind to the actions, attitude and stupidity of D. J. Trump. He sees himself as an untouchable king who has all power. He has even compared himself to Jesus Christ. Well lets give that one the acid test. Does D. J. Trump have nail holes in his hands or feet. Would he die for you or me (he probably would assign that task to Pence). The point I'm trying make is D. J. Trump is not qualified nor worthy to be the President of the United States of America. And if you want proof, go read the Constitution and the Bible.

At 8:14 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

When will we begin to act as adults and not teenagers? Adults solve problems in meaningful dialogue. Teenagers think they are solving problems by yelling and screaming or fighting.

When will people who call themselves "Christian" act like Christians. Jesus said the only law is the law of Love. The opposite of Love, in my opinion, is Fear. Is your "party" promoting love of fear?

The pandemic, as I see it, is bringing out the Divine in every human being. People are helping people. They are not asking what political party do you belong to or what is your religious affiliation. The Divine, Cosmic, Unconditional Love Energy (the essence of who we are) is simply allowed to flow out and to flow to the benefit of everyone - especially in the lives of the those who generate and demonstrate Love. God is Love (1 John 4 8) You are Gods (Psalm 82:6) (John 10;34) Quantum physics says we are all ONE in the single Energy that created and sustains the cosmos. That Energy is Unconditional Love.

If you want the experience of ONENESS with all of creation, if you want personal proof of ONENESS, relax physically and mentally, turn your attention inward and you will "KNOW PERSONALLY" we are a Human Family in a Global Village.

Love, Friar Justin, OFM


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