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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Shameless: Bill Clinton says Voter ID = Jim Crow

By stating that people who want voter ID laws passed are engaging in Jim Crow-style tactics, Bill Clinton actually implicates himself in the commission of the same. After blacks were given the right to vote - by Republicans - the KKK, which was the armed wing of the Democrat Party, would terrorize blacks and Republicans who attempted to vote. In attacking voter ID as being inherently racist, Clinton is simply engaging in much softer version of what his ideological predecessors did.

In a speech to liberal youth activists Wednesday, the former president called out proposals in battleground states like Florida and Ohio that could limit the voter rolls.

“I can’t help thinking since we just celebrated the Fourth of July and we’re supposed to be a country dedicated to liberty that one of the most pervasive political movements going on outside Washington today is the disciplined, passionate, determined effort of Republican governors and legislators to keep most of you from voting next time,” Clinton said at Campus Progress’s annual conference in Washington.

“There has never been in my lifetime, since we got rid of the poll tax and all the Jim Crow burdens on voting, the determined effort to limit the franchise that we see today,” Clinton added.

Clinton mentioned Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s move in March to overturn past state precedent — including under former GOP governors — that allows convicted felons to vote once they’ve served they’ve finished probation periods.

“Why should we disenfranchise people forever once they’ve paid their price?” Clinton said. “Because most of them in Florida were African Americans and Hispanics who tended to vote for Democrats. That’s why.”
Such rhetoric is beyond irresponsible. When blacks attempted to vote after the Fifteenth Amendment had been ratified, KKK members would threaten to kill them if they voted Republican. By comparing the implementation of very rational laws to the motives of the KKK, Clinton is engaging in similar, albeit, much less overt techniques; he is trying to get people to view Republicans as his party should be viewed. It's really no different from modern-day German socialists who blame the Jews for the holocaust.

h/t GWP

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