Letters to the Editor for Oct. 17, 2011

By Baker City Herald Readers October 17, 2011 05:06 pm

GOP locks up the 2010 election
To the editor:
The GOP already has the 2012 presidential election in the bag and so, for them, the coming election squabble is over which of their candidates shall retire Mr. Obama and himself lead us deeper into aromatic pucky creek. This is only my opinion, not my desire, please understand.
ALEC is the acronym for the treasonous organization steering the GOP/corporate conspiracy presently out to destroy American democracy, among other goals. ALEC strategies believe the GOP, to win, needs a mere 5 million voters, in the right states, to be denied to vote. They mean voters who would vote against the GOP candidates if they were permitted to vote.
One way to deny them the vote, they figure, is to get GOP-dominated state governments to pass laws requiring voter ID cards. No card, no voting. This rather small pressure dissuades Democrat-leaning low-income voters rather more than low-income GOP voters from bothering to obtain one. Thirty-one states now have this antidemocratic voter ID law.
Many times more than 5 million citizens now lack the card and thus can be denied to vote. That’s why I say it’s in the bag. Worse, some of these states require a photo ID, which reasonably enough scares away many who otherwise would like to vote. And some states even charge for the cards, which besides heading off many more, amounts to a Jim Crow poll tax, which we once thought ourselves better than.
Thus, besides winning the 2012 presidential election they have also deeply damaged American democracy rather permanently. It will take years, if ever, to reverse these mean stupidities achieved in a few months of successful conspiring. I fear they have taken us beyond the remedying by peaceful democratic parliamentary means.
Dan Martin
Baker City