Most progressives or liberals, as I prefer, know of the former Florida State GOP Chair who has spoken publicly and loudly about GOP Voter suppression efforts. Before we go any further, we will state Jim Greer is immersed in a criminal fraud case. During the 2012 election campaign we only fleeting mentioned Greer based on his current involvement in a criminal case. He is on trial on felony charges for funneling GOP money to a private company he formed. Whether Greer is guilty as charged it seems fair to separate his inside knowledge of how his party works to suppress votes. The two issues seem direct opposite and not related, unless we find Greer has been offered some sort of deal to speak publicly about his intimate knowledge of suppression.
Greer is again in the news are other GOP officials. They are speaking about Florida suppression efforts.
Huffington Post reported, today, on recent comments from Greer.
Jim Greer, Ex-Florida GOP Chair, Claims Republican Voting Laws Focused On Suppression, Racism
Posted: 11/26/2012 2:34 pm EST Updated: 11/26/2012 2:38 pm EST
Jim Greer, the former head of the Florida Republican Party, recently claimed that a law shortening the early voting period in the state was deliberately designed to suppress voting among groups that tend to support Democratic candidates, the Palm Beach Post reports
“The Republican Party, the strategists, the consultants, they firmly believe that early voting is bad for Republican Party candidates,” Greer told the Post
. “It’s done for one reason and one reason only…‘We’ve got to cut down on early voting because early voting is not good for us.”
Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist spoke out on election about GOP suppression efforts focused on the hope voters would leave long lines without exercising their right to vote.
In an interview with The Huffington Post earlier this month, Crist said the new law is clearly aimed at curbing turnout among Democrats.
“The only thing that makes any sense as to why this is happening and being done is voter suppression,” he said.
We move to MSNBC’s The Ed Show with Ed Schultz for the a video segment that includes reports of GOP officials and comment about suppression.
The tragedy of voter suppression is deep rooted and about as un-American an act as I can imagine It has to rank among the tho three shames in American History. I actually find it hard to place the strategy to deny Americans the opportunity to vote in proper perspective with outing an active CIA agent, and government sanctioned torture of prisoners.
Yet, 47 percent of US voters voted for a party that so publicly practiced suppression. They voted for a party that clearly attacked all Democratic voting blocs after winning the 2010 elections. It was irrelevant Mitt Romney was as shadowy a character as has even run for the presidency It did not matter that a candidate for president literally maintained off-shore tax shelters sprinkled across the globe. It did not seem to matter that Romney/Ryan perpetrated a campaign of lies unparalleled in US politics.
But, of it all, we find it deplorable that so many Americans could actually cast a vote for a party that would so wantonly and with great effort work to deprive millions an opportunity to vote. The strategy is almost fascists.
…..AND THE BAND PLAYS ON……