Scott Walker and Voter Suppression
The new GOP maxim: if they think you’re uninformed, you shouldn’t be allowed to vote.
Conservative Paul Weyrich gave a speech in 1980 in which he proudly affirmed, “I don’t want people to vote….In fact, our leverage goes up as the voting populace goes down.” Weyrich was the founder of the American Legislative Exchange Council, The Heritage Foundation, and the Moral Majority. His voter suppression ideology has remained a powerful plank of conservative policy to this day.
CNN reported on March 11, 2021, that Republican Arizona state Rep. John Kavanagh stated, “Democrats value as many people as possible voting, and they’re willing to risk fraud. Republicans are more concerned about fraud, so we don’t mind putting security measures in that won’t let everybody vote — but everybody shouldn’t be voting.”
Quality? Uninformed? Don’t get me started.
What is the Republican reaction to losing the most secure election in American history and how do they intend to stop that from happening in the future? Well, it’s the standard conservative go-to: voter suppression. One should not be surprised given their history and the fact that this is now the party of the fascist coup attempt and The Big Lie.
What does it say about the character of a person or party whose reflective reaction to the challenges of maintaining their political power is to limit the ability of their perceived opponents to engage in the right to self-governance through the electoral process by creating barriers to voting? There is no self-reflection to evolve on positions to bring them in line with today’s reality and attract more voters. They blame the electorate. They attack the people.
Not to be outdone, enter Scott Walker. Now President of the right-wing Young America’s Foundation, he is the latest in a string of GQP members whining about the ‘For The People Act’ which passed the House and is now in the Senate as bill S.1. Walker’s attempt at snark and lust for virality inspired him to deride the bill as the “Crooked Politician’s Act” in an opinion piece. If anyone knows about crooked politicians, it is Scott Walker.
I did a Google search for ‘scott walker corrupt politician act’ and the first item was a link to a New York Times article from October 23, 2015 entitled ‘Wisconsin Governor Signs Bill Limiting Political Corruption Inquiries’ which reports:
But I digress. My current grievance with the former Wisconsin governor is not just the expected mischaracterization of the ‘For The People Act’, but his disregard for the rights of all American voters. His assumptions and projections are telling.
Now before you reject my commentary as the nonsensical ravings of a leftist mind, consider the following: I voted for Scott Walker in the 2012 recall election after voting for Tom Barrett in the general election. In 2016, I was the Master of Ceremonies for the Libertarian Party of Wisconsin’s State Convention. And all the while a co-host of the greatest radio show ever, The Devil’s Advocates, originating on Madison’s progressive Devil Radio 92.7 FM. My objection is apolitical.
An opinion of the Editorial Board at the Washington Post says, “Conservatives complain that the bill would mandate early voting, no-excuse absentee voting, provisional ballots for people who accidentally vote out-of-precinct, same-day voter registration and automatic voter registration. So?” Exactly. So what? This can only concern those who truly believe these efforts to make voting easier are detrimental to their cause. Conservatives like Walker are willing to martyr voters, even their own voters, if it helps them remain in office.
Walker criticizes, “The left puts their faith in the government — and they want to transfer power further away from the people.”
Walker dismisses the very government of which he and his cohorts so desperately try to be a part and further control. He is so eager to own the libs and secure procedural advantages for his diminished and disgraced political party, he casually degrades the concept of self-governance by the People, for the People.
When We the People do not participate in the electoral process, whether by suppression or apathy, it does increase the Republicans’ leverage. And when conservatives like Weyrich, Kavanagh and Walker tell you they don’t want you to vote, believe them.