Brian Kemp, Asshole of the Day for September 23, 2014
by TeaPartyCat ()
Today is National Voter Registration Day. And as I’ve said before, if you don’t think all citizens should be able to vote, then you are un-American:
If you believe in democracy, then you believe that every vote counts the same and that the more people who participate the better.
If you would rather try to keep people from voting than try to convince them of your platform, well, you really don’t care about democracy or voting.
And if you’re trying to keep people from voting, then please stop quoting the Declaration of Independence, since the high crime of taxation without representation would necessarily apply to all the people you are trying to prevent from voting, while still expecting them to pay sales tax, income tax, property tax, and the rest. Because without voting, there is no representation.
So I don’t have much patience for people who worry about too many minorities voting, as Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp does:
You know the Democrats are working hard, and all these stories about them, you know, registering all these minority voters that are out there and others that are sitting on the sidelines, if they can do that, they can win these elections in November,” Kemp said in his speech. “But we’ve got to do the exact same thing.”
"Everybody remembers ACORN right? When ACORN was out registering people to vote they were filling out applications, they were sending out stuff and you don’t know who those people are, where they’re from, the people they’re registering, and the people that are filling those out," Kemp said earlier in the speech. Kemp went on to tout online voter registration which, he said, reduces a number of voter fraud loopholes.
When I hear him worry about Democrats registering minorities, I keep asking— why are people like him so worried about minority voters? Why do they assume minorities won’t vote for them? Why do they assume minority voters should scare the audience they are addressing?
It’s hard not to think it’s racism. He’s racist, or he’s playing to racial fears of his audience. And let’s be honest— does it matter whether you are a racist in your heart of hearts if you play to the racial fears of others to advance your own career and agenda? Probably not. You enabled racism and you fanned it in others.
Guys like Brian Kemp are afraid of minority voters, not because they dispute that they are entitled to vote, but because they are sure they won’t vote for them. And why wouldn’t minorities vote for guys like Brian Kemp? Is it because their policies harm minorities? Because Georgia is one of those states that refuses to expand Medicaid, and Medicaid will help a lot of minorities get health insurance?
And as Secretary of State, Brian Kemp oversees voting in his state. And he’s dragging his feet about accepting all these people Democrats registered:
At a hearing in front of the Georgia Elections Board, the Secretary of State’s office revealed their reasoning for their voter fraud-claiming media deluge last week. It was 25 voter registration applications out of 85,000 submitted that were giving it pause. These applications had already been flagged by Stacey Abrams’s group, The New Georgia Project, but they were required to submit them anyway. Also revealed in this meeting was that 51,000 of the 85,000 hadn’t been processed even though most were submitted months ago.
Yep. He’s trying to stop 51,000 people from voting because 25 look suspicious, even though the people who submitted them flagged them as suspicious. So he could investigate those 25, and move on the rest. But he’d rather not. He’s worried that those people might not vote with him, even though they are legally entitled to. And for that, he is the Asshole of the Day.
It is Brian Kemps’s first time as Asshole of the Day, but one of several from Georgia featured in the last 2 weeks:
Full story: Talking Points Memo.