Republicans don’t want most Americans to vote. It’s so obvious they don’t even try very hard to hide it anymore. It’s an obvious strategy for an unpopular minority party when propaganda and lies don’t work very well anymore. (Which was amply proven by their double losses in 2008 and 2012 to a black guy they accused of being a non-citizen, Muslim, and socialist who “pals around with terrorists.”) So they’ve ramped up their voter suppression efforts, which may now be the GOP’s main strategy for getting and keeping political power a majority of America’s citizens are unwilling to give them.
A Paul Krugman column in today’s Seattle Times puts this in perspective. Krugman wrote:
“[T]he political right has always been uncomfortable with democracy. … So what’s a plutocrat to do? One answer is propaganda …. Another answer, with a long tradition in the United States, is to make the most of racial and ethnic divisions …. A third answer is to make sure government programs fail …. But these strategies for protecting plutocrats from the mob are indirect and imperfect. The obvious answer is … [d]on’t let the bottom half, or maybe even the bottom 90 percent, vote.” read more