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by Roger Algase

The Republican war on minority voting rights parallels the Republican war on minority immigrants.

The Washington Post, in a September 15 article, details the way in which Republican legislatures in Florida and a number of other states are attempting to roll back voting rights which had led to the large turnout of minority and less affluent voters that helped to elect Barack Obama as president in 2008. These Republican measures include restricting early voting, reversing laws that had made it easier for ex-felons to vote, and, most insidious of all, requiring photo ID's in order to vote. The ID requirement is especially burdensome for elderly and lower income voters, including many minorities.

The Republican excuse is that these measures, which have rightly been compared to the Southern poll tax requirements meant to keep African-American voters away from the polls during the segregation era, are necessary to prevent "voter fraud". What voter fraud? Proven instances of voter fraud have been only slightly more common than confirmed UFO sightings.

The only possible reason for these attempts to keep less affluent and minority voters away from the polls is to gain power for the Republicans as the party of upper class and upper middle class whites. The Republicans attempt to keep minority US citizens away from the polls is part and parcel of their attempt to keep minority non-US citizens away from America and to expel those who are already here. This is not to mention the Republicans' threat to take away 14th Amendment birthright US citizenship from tens of millions of children born in the US to Latino and other minority parents.

The Republican war on minority voters, which, of course, is by definition directed against US citizens, is only one of the many pieces of evidence showing that the GOP's war on immigrants is part of its larger strategy of using racial politics to achieve the long standing goal of creating a "permanent Republican majority", i.e. putting an end to America's nearly 250 year old experiment with something known as democracy.

The Republicans, so far, have been all too successful in their attempt to divide minorities and the less affluent and pit them against each other, based on citizenship, or what the Roman writer Seneca 2000 years ago  called condicio nascendi -  the accident of birth. But the savage Republican attack against immigrants (which Obama and the Democrats have responded to with all the force and power of a jellyfish) is only part of a larger strategy. Minorities and the less well off, whether immigrants or American citizens, are all in the same boat. If the Republicans take over the Senate and the White House next year, that boat will be named the Titanic.


About The Author

Roger Algase is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He has been practicing business immigration law in New York City for more than 20 years.


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