I am watching the repeat of “Meet the Press.” Marco Rubio and Rob Portman criticize the President for not talking about his vision for the future. By what right do Republicans think that they are the honest brokers of the truth? The arbiters of right and wrong. They go on TV – mostly Fox – and speak with superiority, talk loudly and talk over other guests and sometimes the moderator. This ugly behavior starts from the top: Reince Priebus, RNC Chairman. For four years the Republican Party has waged a war against the success of our first black president and the media has let them get away with it. I guess they did not want their access to influential Republicans cut. I don’t know much about Fox News, but, it seems that only Chris Wallace refuses to ‘drink the Republican Kool-Aid.’ He will confront Republicans when they lie, even Ed Gillespie! This is refreshing in a season of GOP political lies, filibusters, gridlock in Congress resulting in historical low poll ratings and public confidence. If we were a parliamentary government, votes of non-confidence would have changed things years ago. One is reminded that though not perfect, the system our Forefathers gave us is the best democracy in the world. If only we could get Republicans to play the game honestly. If only Republicans would stop fighting negotiation as the only way forward for the United States. There is no guarantee that a Republican in the Whitehouse would mean smooth-sailing for legislation that would erase the harm done by the Tea Party, Mitch McConnell, John Boehner and Eric Cantor.
Tonight is the last presidential debate. The subject is foreign policy and it promises to be quite “spicy,” or should I say dicey. The debate score is Romney: “1” and Obama: “1”. The winner of this last debate so close to voting might take the election. Of course, I am rooting for Barack Obama to abandon being so polite and let the people see his true passion and fire. Whatever happens, the American people will not see her president resort to lies, bullying and bad behavior. God bless Barack Obama!
OBAMA: “God bless the United States of America!”
By Morgan Whitaker
Mugshot of 31-year old Colin Small, the Pennsylvania resident arrested Thursday for destroying voter registration forms in Rockingham County, VA. (Photo via TPM)
Republicans have been the biggest proponents of the myth of widespread voter fraud in the last two years, using it to justify their unprecedented voter suppression campaign. But in the last few weeks we’ve seen the GOP and their affiliated groups become implicated in the very fraud they claim to want to stop.
In Virginia on Thursday night, a 31-year old Pennsylvania resident named Colin Small has been arrested for destroying voter registration forms in Rockingham County, Virginia. Smalls was employed by Pinpoint, a company that had been hired to register voters for the Republican Party of Virginia.
The story is similar to that of Strategic Allied Consulting, a group that was hired in major battleground states across the country, including Virginia, to do the registration job. That company, owned by Republican Nathan Sproul, was fired after suspicious registration forms submitted by SAC popped up in 10 Florida counties. Sproul’s previous companies have been accused of destroying Democratic registration forms in prior elections.
Sproul’s registration companies were also hired in Ohio, another key battleground state that has seen its fair share of voter suppression. Like Florida, Ohio has a history of voting problems. Ohio voters suffered through long lines on Election Day in 2004. When former Republican Secretary of State Ken Blackwell ran state elections, he was involved in at least a dozen voting-related lawsuits and accused of restricting the number of polling booths in Democratic-leaning districts.
This year, current Secretary of State Jon Husted took up the torch from his Republican predecessor, and worked tirelessly to restrict early voting hours in his state. Tuesday’s Supreme Court ruling stopped him in his tracks, but as many have pointed out, he immediately dictated that counties could only be open for a total of 16-hours on the three days he was legally required to open polls.