I’m no expert in philosophy, but it’s clear to me that the dichotomous Republican ideology is lush with logical fallacies. One of the most annoying errors of Republican lucidity is the selective and random application of reason to their much-touted ideal of “Small Government". Now, it’s always a strong possibility that the Right has merely run astray of its original intended meaning or that it’s just another subconscious act of duplicity. In any case, Republicans have preached Small Government as the basis of their ever-obtuse sociopolitical paradigm in perpetuity, yet consistently lapse into their own brand of Big Government whenever it serves to promote their contrived manipulations.
Small Government: That tired hyperbolic Republican mantra – a total antithesis completely decrepit to the Party’s dubious actuality. Only Big Government can filibuster its way through its collective job for two some-odd years. It takes a Big Government mentality (suffering acute delusions of grandeur) to usher the health care bill to the Supreme Court while agonizing over the minute details pertaining specifically to women. Big Government sits on its ample ass trifling over some trivial crap about making English the “official” language, taking a sidebar only to bitch to the media about the country’s state-of-affairs. Today’s active Republican version of Big Government rages about protecting constitutional rights while actively subverting them.
How apropos that Republicans so exceed their own denigrated designation of Big Government. Did you know that Republicans are presently so fixated on the presidential poll-booths that they are attempting to use Big Government to finagle their way into majority favor through excessive election legislation and regulation? What?! Isn’t that a total alliteration of the eternally honored Republican/Small Government creed, you ask? Why, that the Republicans would resort to such madcap scheming in order to engineer an election would be preposterous!
Well, apparently, the perceived threat of Democratic leadership is so dire and ominous to Republicans that they will go to ultimate extremes to regain the presidency. First, it was the “Anyone but Obama” campaign, which vilified everything about the man, rather than the Party. Unable to deter the more accountable public from prevailing logic and reasonability after the dangerous absurdity of G.W. Bush, Republicans must have realized that the more valid American sentiment was more akin to “Anyone but a Republican”.
Thus, the Right resorted to a round of fevered authoritarian tactics grounded in what I would call voter profiling. They exploited 2010 census data then, under the ruse of redistricting requirements, subversively adjusted precinct boundaries in Republican-controlled states by redistributing voters based on demographics rather than population numbers. Those districts that remained “blue” – principally of minority and working-class citizens – were appointed with Emergency Managers who have invariably found it to be fiscally negligent (or some such sporadic nonsense) to afford early voting hours.
From those not-so-surreptitious gerrymandering maneuvers, Republicans advanced their mission to include blatant voter discrimination. Claiming legality under the innocent pretense of diminishing voter fraud by requiring identification as proof of citizenship, Republicans sought to prevent illegal immigrants (Latino Democrats) from voting. (Personally, if I were in a country illegally, I would probably avoid government-related events in the hope of preserving my cover.) The key problem with this reasoning is that Republicans have long contended that illegals obtain ID with facility, which invariably nullifies their own argument for its necessity.
This all “evolved” into the deliberate motive of precluding (or, at least, inhibiting) entire groups from voting based on their demographics. A direct infringement of the Voting Rights Act and clearly discriminatory, those most affected (and targeted) are the indigent, elderly, disabled and minority citizenry: The usual Democratic Party subsets and, altogether, a considerable population. Not thoughtfully inclined, Republicans deny, using their conventional shortsightedness (ignorance) to their benefit, any latent difficultly or complications for people to comply with such a regulation and scoff at the obvious encumbrances and obstacles (despite that this is their principle intent.)
Inevitably, Republicans had to try to eliminate absentee ballots in order hinder the vote of those vexing (enlightened, also on the no-go list) out-of-state college students. They somehow failed to discern that this would also make it impossible for certain people of their own base to vote – you know, like overseas military personnel, rural-bound farmers and, even, those rich folks living abroad.
Republicans justify these measures by obfuscating “issues” of voter fraud and voting machine failure. I recall reading some bit recently stating something to the effect that there is a greater likelihood of sighting a UFO than of being party to voter fraud (present Republican efforts excluded). I’d personally prefer the more remote odds of voting machine failure to those of human error – expressly if there’s a Republican running the show. The implausibility of these events makes the more credible trepidation to which the Republicans actually cling become all the more apparent: They can’t increase Republican votes, so they’ll scheme to decrease those of Democrats by regulating the hell out of the election process.
Despite the avid industry of this farce, Republicans remain consummate in their inability to logistically calculate the potential repercussions. Their collusion is certain to marginalize the country into an assured Democrat/Progressive/Liberal majority, incensed into unbridled voting ardor. They’ve probably succeeded in totally pissing off the Libertarians, to boot. I’m tellin’ ya: It only takes Republican Small Government logic to rig a pro-Democrat election.
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