Basically, if you make it easy for everyone to vote, say the Republicans, it won’t be fair — the Democrats will win. In 2008, according to this recent article, 100,000 votes were cast in the three days of early voting just prior to election day that the Republicans have now canceled. In justifying this, one county Republican chairman told the Columbus Dispatch: “I guess I really actually feel we shouldn’t contort the voting process to accommodate the urban — read African-American — voter-turnout machine.” People should be allowed to vote; we just shouldn’t make it easy or convenient. It was better in 2004, when as you can see in this YouTube, some Ohioans had to wait in line as long as 15 hours. Which meant a lot gave up, which gave George W. Bush his second remarkable term as the most important man in the world. To the great benefit of the wealthy, who want to see President Bush’s Harvard Business School ’75 classmate Mitt Romney win this time, so (as noted yesterday) we can get on with the business of slashing programs that help the formerly-middle-class (now poor) and cutting the estate tax on billionheirs, like the Koch brothers, to zero.
Ohio’s 20 Electoral College votes made all the difference in 2004. (Bush won 286-251; but would have lost 266-271.) As it may again this year, which is why Republicans are working so hard to make it difficult to vote. Remember: it should be easy to buy a semi-automatic weapon (let’s not close the gun show loophole!) but difficult to vote (let’s cut back on the improvements Ohio made in 2008!).
It’s a pretty stunning four minutes, that YouTube. Watch — and send it to your friends. Maybe we can take it viral.
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