Because of my health problems, I no longer have driving privileges in CA so I simply let my driver’s license lapse. I’m told that in many other states now I wouldn’t be allowed to vote because I didn’t have a picture ID issued by the state. I’m also hearing that no federal ID card is acceptable and that even VA benefits cards, which are acceptable for virtually every OTHER reason a person might need a picture ID are being denied in many states. It HAS to be a state issued ID card.
While this may or may not be an attempt at “voter suppression”, another effect is that it forces people to get an “accepted” form of ID issued by the state itself if they want to participate in our (long gone) government of the people, BY the people.
The states charge the person a fee for this “service”. So if you want to exercise your constitutionally guaranteed right to vote, you’re going to have to shell out X number of bucks to whatever state you live in in order to do it which makes it appear to be just another form of poll tax. Here in CA it would cost me at least 10% of my entire household budget for a month (IF it hasn’t gone up in the past few years since I looked into it before) and I simply can’t afford it. What the HELL is up with that?
Stupid Is As Stupid Says Department
I know that most people don’t need any reminders that this dude is an extremely and willfully ignorant individual and if the truth be known I’m having a major problem trying to find words to describe just how brain dead the man really is. Any public figure who can stand up in front of the American people and make statements like this one seriously calls into question his qualifications for being a public figure in the first place but this one has been known not only to push the stupidity envelope hard and often but to actually take pride in his ignorance. But then I suppose everybody has to be number one at something and being stupid is Rick Perry’s shot at it..
I find this on a par with some of the stuff that falls out of Michele Bachmann’s (whom we’ll get to momentarily) mouth every time it’s open, which is all the f’ing time. If Rick Perry is the pride of Texas, then that poor state is so deep in crap they’ll never dig their way out. Perry, Cruz and Screwy Louie. God what a f’ing trio of stooges. Way to go Texas, you’ve got the Trifecta of Stupid going on down there.
As promised. I had no idea where to even start with this one. I think my choice for the stupidest Bachmann quote is this one: “Our movement at its core is an intellectual movement.“, which she had the damned gall to utter at the Tea Party movement, CPAC conference, March 2014. ( http://politicalhumor.about.com/od/republicans/a/michele-bachmann-quotes.htm ) You really need to stretch it to top pretending that there’s anything intellectual about the Tea Party for stupid but she, like the old time Vaudeville comics, has a million of them and every one of them comes pretty damned close.
I haven’t figured out yet exactly who tops who in her ongoing battle with Ultimate Grifter Sarah Palin for who can say the dumbest shit, female division, but there’s not a doubt in my mind that both of them need to be put away somewhere for their own protection and not allowed anywhere near sharp objects and that Americans with more than two firing synapses need to quit paying any attention to either one of them.
Scott Brown Is More Than Just Another Carpetbagger
My second Scott Brown election came two all-too-short years later, because there is no gravity: the Earth just sucks. See, Ted Kennedy died midway through his six-year term, so they had to have an election to fill his seat, but then they had to have another election in 2012 when Ted would have been on the ballot for re-election, and so Scott Brown had to run again, and for the second time in two years, we were smothered by Vote For Me Because Of My Truck commercials from Scott Brown, lather, rinse, repeat.
…except, this time, Mr. Brown was forced to encompass the superior intellect of Elizabeth Warren, his Democratic opponent, and he was forced to encompass the fact that it was 2012, a presidential election year, which meant voter turnout would increase by orders of magnitude. By the time they finished hosing the blood off the walls, Elizabeth Warren was shopping for lodging in the nation’s capitol, and Mr. Brown was taking a law firm gig while doing occasional turns on Fox News.
That’s the record he’s running on in New Hampshire. Two years of miserable failure in Massachusetts, followed by two years of relative obscurity while waiting for another senate seat to open up somewhere in the neighborhood and a couple of shots on the country’s premier right wing propaganda machine. Not a lot there that a sane person would think qualified him for a senate seat but in a system as borked as ours is it could easily get him the office. If it does, I’m simply going to write New Hampshire off as the Texas of the Great White North and hope that when lame-ass Texans finally get tired of mouthing about secession and decide to actually DO something for a change, they take New Hampshire with them.