Don’t Let the Criminals Define the Crime

The homunculi who spent $50,000 trolling the obituaries of recently deceased New Hampshire veterans would like you to think that what they did was some noble expose highlighting the need for a voter ID bill. House Majority Leader DJ Bettencourt is only too happy to piggyback these cretins and echo their rhetoric.

That’s dishonest.

The Republicans who were behind the push for a voter ID bill were quite clear about their intention from the beginning.

House Speaker Bill O’Brien:

Turning to the issue of voter fraud prevention, O’Brien said his party will “tighten up the definition of a New Hampshire resident.”

He said that Plymouth, a college town, experiences 900 same-day voter registrations.

“They are kids voting liberal, voting their feelings, with no life experience,” he said.

House Rep and voter ID bill sponsor Gregory Sorg, on college voters:

“transient inmates … with a dearth of experience and a plethora of the easy self-confidence that only ignorance and inexperience can produce.”

At the time I wrote:

…at least this way we don’t have to pretend that this effort has anything to do with “voter fraud” or some of the other flimsy rationales thrown out in support of suppressing the youth vote.

It’s obvious this has partisan politics at its root – young people allegedly vote more liberally.  Therefore, reduce the number of liberal voters.  Election advantage: Republicans.

But take a look again at those two statements from O’Brien and Sorg. The upshot is that the votes young people cast are of lesser value than their own because young people of voting age, in their eyes, are ignorant, inexperienced, and guided only by feelings.

That is what prejudice looks like.

No one would tolerate such an open admission from public servants had it been made about women, for example.  Or people of color.

With luck, James O’Keefe and his lackeys will go to jail for what they did to the good people of New Hampshire.  

But that will still be a gross miscarriage of justice if we in New Hampshire allow him to falsely direct the conversation on our voting laws.

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5 Responses to Don’t Let the Criminals Define the Crime

  1. hannah January 14, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

    Gordon Gekko is giving NH Billionaires a run for their money.

  2. JonnyBBad January 14, 2012 at 6:25 pm #

    OK, step one – call NH AG Michael Delaney and cheer them on for finally talking about dealing with O’Keefe 603-271-3658.

    Emails to go

    Then call his PO Patrick Hattersley 973-357-4080 and ask why he hasn’t been referred for prosecution yet. Looks like federal probation is incompetent or complicit in O’Keefe’s ongoing crime spree.

    Keep in mind O’Keefe’s attempting a wire tap at Senator Landrieu’s office happened with the help of the son of one of the two USA Attorneys in Louisiana. Nothing like daddy’s influence to keep consequences to a minimum, eh?

  3. political chowder January 14, 2012 at 7:26 pm #

    We can not, we must not allow them to enlist in the US military. After all they cannot appreciate the risks, they cannot exercise the judgment, their easy self confidence and their emotional unreliability that is based on feelings not mature understanding will put the nation at risk.
    Following the logic of Sorg and O’Brien only old “wise” men like themselves can produce the requisite judgment to fight our wars.
    When do they enlist?

  4. elwood January 14, 2012 at 9:25 pm #

    “with a dearth of experience and a plethora of the easy self-confidence that only ignorance and inexperience can produce.”

    Rep. Sorg is the poster child for the tragic onset of “easy self-confidence” among those who are aged and experienced, yet still ignorant.

  5. Turnbill January 15, 2012 at 4:09 am #

    Maine’s Republican Party Chairman Charlie Webster pushed this same “issue” last fall. After an exhaustive 2 month study they found that their where exactly 0 violations.

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