Democracy vs. the Republican Party of the United States of America, Part 1
Since the dark days of the Richard Nixon presidency and its Watergate scandal, the Republican Party has been engaged in a sustained effort to subvert democracy in America to their advantage. They remain fully engaged in that effort to this day.
Will the American people ever rise to democracy’s defense and reject forever the anti-democratic machinations of the Republican Party?
History shows that, even before capturing the White House, the Nixon for President campaign sabotaged President Lyndon B. Johnson’s negotiations with the North Vietnamese to end the Vietnam War. (For example, see Consortiumnews.com’s March 3, 2012 “LBJ’s ‘X’ file on Nixon’s ‘Treason.’”) As president, Nixon’s Watergate scandal came to encompass much more than just his re-election campaign’s break-in of the Democratic National Committee offices in Washington, D.C: Congress’ hearings into the affair revealed that Nixon’s men had reveled for years in dirty tricks and “ratf***ing” their political opponents from sea to shining sea.
As president, Ronald Reagan refused to accept Capitol Hill’s rejection of his Contra war and illegally provided funding to his band of mercenaries in Central America, led by leaders of former Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza’s National Guard. Reagan’s White House secured funding for the Contra army, in part, by selling military arms to Iran.
Ample evidence indicates that the national Republican Party and its Bush/Cheney campaigns stole both the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections.
The voter suppression techniques used by the Republican Party in those national races have now been supplemented by party lawmakers’ attempts to suppress votes for their political opponents by passing onerous voter identification laws. The Republican effort gained ground after the party captured various state legislatures in the 2010 midterm elections. Republican intentions were captured most clearly in a recorded June 2012 comment made by Pennsylvania Republican State Representative Mike Turzai: “Voter ID, which is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania: Done!”
Federal law requires American citizens who register to vote for the first time to present a photo ID or copy of a current bank statement, government check, other government document or utility bill that verifies the name and address of the prospective voter. In 2011, legislators in 34 states introduced bills requiring voters to provide picture IDs in order to vote. Governors in Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire and North Carolina vetoed such laws that year.
Republican Party legislators carried on in 2012 with their voter suppression efforts in statehouses throughout the country. But the federal Department of Justice and federal and state judges began to act and rule against such laws. The Justice Department took action against Texas and South Carolina’s legislation, the federal oversight being due to those states falling within a group of states having a history of prejudicial voter rights enforcement. A federal court ruled illegal the Ohio Republican Party’s efforts to restrict early voting. State judges elsewhere have ruled against new voter ID laws.
No surprise, then, that for all of their claims to be protecting American democracy from voter fraud, it is Republican Party operatives who are now being questioned about possible nationwide voter registration fraud.