I just shared an article on my Facebook page along with the following comments.
File under "You can't make this stuff up".
I'm beginning to wonder if the GOP intent is more than simply defeating the president. Are they reaching for civil unrest to go along with it? If this were an isolated case it would be different, but it's not. The same kind of voter suppression has been reported in Florida, Pennsylvania and other places. And the target groups include other minorities or low-income groups who can be expected to vote for the president. Of course the right-wing radio set along with the Fox machine will be indignant about the "liberal mainstream media" which has the nerve to report cases like this.
But this is a set-up for the kind of rage that erupted during the Sixties prior to the passage of the Civil Rights Bills. When riots broke out in California, Detroit, Jacksonville and other places the white Southerners I knew reacted with a mixture of puzzlement and indignation. They had no clue that black communities could be that angry. In fact, the reaction of many was to encourage the authorities to crack down hard and force it to stop, rather than yield to the demands that they be treated with the same rights that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 finally put into law. Even then there was so much discrimination at the polls -- just like today -- that the Voting Rights Act of 1965 had to be enacted by Congress to make that illegal as well.
Here we are fifty years later and the same struggles are being fought by immigrants, the LBGT community and a swollen population of ordinary people whose net worth has been decimated over the last thirty years, mainly by tax policies having the effect of REDISTRIBUTING THE WEALTH (that phrase really pisses off a lot of so-called "Conservatives") UPWARD. Ever heard of the One Percent?
Though there were many attempts on the part of opponents to provoke violence, Occupy Wall Street was a peaceful sequence of events that swept the whole country. And even now, on the surface, I'm hearing no reports of violent protests. But that controlled civility should not be taken as an indication that there is not rage and frustration alive and well, waiting to become unpleasantly real.
There is more at the link, including this.
Cooper's younger sister, now 91, lives in a nursing home across town. Nursing home residents and assisted living residents are exempt from the new photo ID requirement.
But Cooper, who barely needs a walker, is not.
Though she's still able to walk around her apartment without assistance and "takes daily exercise" at a community center next door, Cooper never had any children -- although she has outlived two husbands -- and relies on others for transportation.
The law "is a problem if you don't have a way of getting around," she said. "I've been voting all these years."