Jim Crow move over, the Wisconsin GOP is here

"Jim Crow move over, the Wisconsin Republicans have taken your place," said state Sen. Bob Jauch, a Democrat from Poplar, Wis., comparing his state's new voter ID law to segregationist policies.

Under the new law, voters will for the first time be required to show photo identification this summer in recall elections seeking to unseat several Republican legislators who pushed through Gov. Scott Walker's highly unpopular anti-union bill. Voters will be asked to show drivers' licenses, state IDs, passports, military IDs, naturalization papers or tribal IDs. College IDs will not be accepted.

"Hundreds of thousands of people will stay home because of this legislation," said Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Milwaukee. "By the time Republican senators are done it will be easier to carry a concealed weapon than it will be to vote."

To make matters even worse, the Republican-run state election board is in charge of running a public education campaign about the new law and the Republican-run legislature has not allocated any funds for the campaign. Republicans are expected next to oppose even the issuing of free state ID cards.

Scarier still, is that Wisconsin-style Jim Crow voter ID laws are in the works now in at least 22 states.

In the days of Jim Crow and poll taxes the segregationists, like the Republicans today, also argued that what they were doing was preserving the "integrity" of the vote and protecting us from "fraud."

Polls show that large majorities disapprove of the GOP's vision for America. People want to preserve Social Security and Medicare, they want the rich to pay a fair share of the taxes, they want to end subsidies to big oil companies, they want the right to form unions at their workplaces and they generally approve of the job being done by the nation's first African American president. The response from the GOP is to cut millions of those Americans - Africans Americans, seniors, immigrants, youth and students - off the voting rolls under the guise of protecting us from "voter fraud."

It is plain now for all the world to see. Democracy goes out the window when Republicans are put in control of a state's legislature and governorship. International UN observers, if they were allowed to monitor elections in the U.S., would have an eyeful.

These voter suppression laws make it clearer than ever what the real fraud is here: Republican lawmakers loyal to their corporate masters, pontificating about democracy while wrecking it. They have shown clearly that they will not act in the interest of the people and that they cannot be trusted to take care of anything as sacred as our democratic rights and freedoms.

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  • What we need to do- now that many of these laws have passed is to educate ourselves and others about all the new restrictions. If we can learn their game, and help others vote we can beat these fools at their own game, and then we can reverse this attempted disenfranchisement

    Posted by Ryan Ebersole, 05/21/2011 9:52am (5 years ago)

  • This is really the last straw in the U.S. for us to become a completely fascist state. We have thrown democracy out the door, and, if we don't act fast, it will not come back easily.

    We have a decision to make in the coming months, and it will not be pleasant. The police are no longer protecting the people, they are monitoring them.; the government is no longer working for the people, they are working for their corporate masters; and, in the end, we will have no one to blame but ourselves.

    The wise words of Martin Niemöller ring true more than ever in the history of our country:

    "First they came for the communists,
    and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.

    Then they came for the trade unionists,
    and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews,
    and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.

    Then they came for me
    and there was no one left to speak out for me."

    We need to act before it is too late. Republicans must not win, and we must fight them at every corner, every gala, every event. They spread lies, half-truths, and racism. Their bile stains the ground upon which they walk. Remember this: A vote for a Republican is a vote for fascism.

    Posted by Trojan Warfare, 05/19/2011 4:13pm (5 years ago)

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    Posted by Mike Kay, 05/19/2011 3:45pm (5 years ago)

  • Just checked after reading this blog entry, my passport in no way, shape or form lists my current address.

    Posted by Michelle, 05/18/2011 5:08pm (5 years ago)

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