Posts Tagged ‘voter suppression’

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Couldn’t tell you why this cause moves me

September 29, 2012

…but voter suppression does, for some reason. I caught a piece of Melissa Harris-Perry’s show this morning before work, though, and I found the time to write about it on Daily Kos. The practice of disenfranchising felons and ex-felons, in some states permanently, I find irksome. I don’t see any valid reason for it, although I can easily spot lots of invalid, discriminatory, oppressive, conservative reasons to do so. I will walk right up to calling it a racist practice and say yes, it looks that way to me.

This is more than just treating prison inmates like crap in and out of prison in the name of getting tough on crime. This serves no useful purpose for society, this encourages people who have been refused basic participation in society to act out against society. Beyond the ethical wrongdoing, it seems counterproductive.

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Voter disenfranchisement, old school style

September 19, 2012

Up early today, and spent my time writing a new diary on Daily Kos now. I think it was the problems that led me to abandon faith — hypocrisy, injustice, evil — that have made them a continuing interest for me to this day. In this case, it’s the disenfranchisement of felons, many former ones with their prison time served and debts paid, who continue to suffer the loss of their supposedly inalienable liberty, their right to vote.

Naturally, southern states, conservative governments, Republicans…the usual suspects…crop up in this version of voter suppression as well.

Quick edit: This diary got rescued by the rangers, so it will have some visibility during the afternoon, which is nice. It seems as if a lot of my diaries get a rescue, probably because I am not a popular writer. They pick out the more deserving ones, though. This is one I’d like to be seen.