Wouldn't it be nice if once, just once, the filth known as the GOP would be honest about what they want? Let's take a look at their latest attack on the American citizen, the new poll tax.
The new poll tax is taking place in many red states. In Florida they call it "voter purge" which is a surprisingly honest term considering the Gov. of Florida, Rick Scott, is a known Medicare fraudster. It is of course the new found requirements for voters to "prove" they are qualified to vote in an election.
A quick factual review. The 24th Amendment from the US Constitution states:
Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President, for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State by reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax.
Section 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
Ok, so then what exactly constitutes a "poll tax" then? Well, like "right to bear arms" this is one term that is not completely defined in the pertinent document. If voting requires a photo ID that you must purchase, that is in effect a poll tax.
"Requiring a photo ID is a poll tax, because if you don’t have a photo ID you have to present a birth certificate to get the required state ID card and obtaining a copy of that birth certificate costs money. That’s a poll tax." (cite)
Other forms less obvious have been used in many southern US states, the most famous of which were used to disenfranchise black voters for generations. These forms can be simple questioning such as being asked, prior to voting, "How many bubbles are on a bar of soap?" and other weighty questions selected by rural officials in southern states and elsewhere.
Mushrooms (people who live in the dark and eat the shit that is fed to them, IOW Fox News viewers, Republicans, Tea Baggers & Sackers, and many of today's conservatives) will argue until they are blue in the face not that this is illegal but how easy it is to get that voter ID (they always know everything about everyone's personal situation, including transportation, personal mobility, finances, etc., you know). They will tell you over and over how elections are being skewed by a vast conspiracy of illegal voters (there is ZERO evidence that this is true).
I'm writing this not to challenge any of the mushrooms about the topics they've been schooled to defend. I'd like to ask one simple question that few, if any, have asked.
If it is true that you find ANY level of voter fraud unacceptable because it can effect the outcome of an election, then what level of voter DISENFRANCHISEMENT do you find acceptable, since DENYING PEOPLE THEIR VOTE at ANY level has the EXACT SAME EFFECT - it SKEWS the outcome of the election. What level is acceptable? How many legal US citizens, denied their right to vote, do you find acceptable? Answer me.
If you expect me to take your argument seriously then you must in turn take mine seriously.
Odds are no one will bother to answer this because we all know why. Conservatives are walking stacks of shit that will lie and twist and eagerly prevent people from voting if they think it will enable their horrific fascist candidates to get into office. Even they will admit, if pressed, that lying and using underhanded tricks is the only way their candidates could gain power because whenever they tell the truth, on equal footing with a liberal candidate telling the truth, their hateful ideology is obvious to even the dullest US citizen of voting age.