Since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down key provisions of the Voting Rights Act, some of the Republican-controlled state governments are going all-out to find ways of discouraging voting, especially by people in categories likely to vote Democratic.
There is a remedy for this already in the Constitution. The Fourteenth Amendment states that when adults not convicted of a crime are denied the right to vote, then that state’s congressional representation should be diminished accordingly. Here is the wording.
…When the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the Executive and Judicial Officers of a State, or the members of the Legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such State, being twenty-one years of age, and citizens of the United States, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion or other crime, the basis of such representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such State.
this is probably the #1 issue i have with other anarchists and “radicals” in general, and it’s almost always coming from white dudes who are relatively class-stable* (meaning they have families to fall back on if things become difficult, no children, no health care needs, and they basically choose to live in poverty and can do so comfortably).
and it’s bullshit. it’s not even true.
like i get that voting is not going to bring about any systemic changes and that we are “voting for the lesser evil” and all that shit. i myself was opposed to voting until fairly recently when i wisened up. but i simply cannot support the viewpoint that we should vote for the worst candidate with the hopes that the entire system will fall apart. i find that logic to be completely asinine. similarly, abstaining from voting because one believes the candidates are too similar to matter is an incredibly privileged decision.
because while the left and right wing in the US are both corporately controlled, pro capitalist, pro privatization, etc. the fact remains that, if the GOP was in power, a lot more people would literally die due to being denied resources. you cannot convince someone at the bottom of the social hierarchy that there are no differences between the parties. they are the groups that are MOST affected by the differences that anarchists either deny the existence of entirely, or consider to be too small to matter. i’m talking about the extremely poor, mostly consisting of POC, people with disabilities, & trans people.
too many people think these populations are disposable and are ‘necessary sacrifices’ which is just disgusting and i want no part in any movement that encourages such thinking.
*(and yes i know that quote is usually attributed to emma goldman, but that’s irrelevant.)
Please. If you vote for a third party candidate, you’ll invoke the spoiler effect.
And then we’ll have a president who’ll make the morning after pill criminal. We’ll have a president who will do their level best to shut down or underfund Planned Parenthood. Birth rates and poverty will skyrocket as a direct result. Female education will drop. So will male education, though less so.
We’ll see young women and their babies dying because of back-alley illegal abortions. We’ll see babies that should have been stopped by condoms or morning after pills born, because their parents didn’t have good sex-ed. And those babies will be starving, and those babies will get sick and die or else get put into foster care or else grow up into another generation of the urban or rural poor. And their parents, young people with potential, will also be urban or rural poor, with two or three part time jobs and living with their parents far into their thirties. And they will be uneducated because the government gave them no way to feed their baby and finish schooling. And they will vote Republican because they have no way of realizing that it’s the Republican gestalt that did this to them.
And then World War Three will start.
And it will be your fault.
Look guys, Obama can’t do everything. That’s the nature of checks and balances. It’s a good system, but it’s working against us right now. The important thing, though, is that he’s trying. He’s trying to give us what we want, he’s trying to make legislation that will do good for the American people in the long run. He’s doing his level best. And none of the other candidates have shown us that so far.
See Ron Paul: Sexist Asshole. Yes, his pro-life policy makes me a one-issue voter. It is unacceptable for the government to take control of that. It’s fascism on a level with forced sterilization.
Well, no. What it is is forced breeding. It’s turning frightened upper-middle class high school and college students into brood mares. (Because let’s be honest - anyone with less income than upper-middle class can’t afford to get an abortion, anyway.) The ridiculously bad sex-ed programs and the push to outlaw the morning after pill will do it to the rest of the girls who don’t choose abstinence (or have a boyfriend or classmate or acquaintance choose for them) as well. Next they’ll make sodomy a crime again. Do you want that? I don’t think so.
I’ll never have an abortion. I was lucky enough to have good sex-education. I was lucky enough not to have any men in my life who betrayed my trust. If I get pregnant in the future, I’ll be ready to raise a child. I’ll be ready to endure 9 months of pregnancy and hours or days of labor.
BUT NOT EVERYONE IS SO LUCKY. And women have an absolute RIGHT to control what’s in their body.
So vote for real life. Vote pro-choice.
Whoaaa, this is a rant. There’s some hyperbole in there. But not much.
Oh wait, you’re not supposed to tell people who to vote for. Guess what? I don’t care. Everyone does it. At least I’m doing it for principles and common sense. That’s more than most people can say.