Let’s say you run a party…call it the Pachyderm Party…that doesn’t represent most people. The Pachyderm Party’s entire platform consists of “More Peanuts for Pachyderms!” Now, you know that as a member of the Paducah Pachyderm Party, you stand about zero chance of getting a candidate elected. There are like, three members of the Grand Old Pachyderms in town, outnumbers by about a thousand Donkeycrats. So, what’s a Gray-Skinned candidate to do? The smart thing is, keep 998 of the Donkeycrats from voting. That way, on election day, you beat them 3-2.
Low voter turnouts favor Republicans; that’s been true for a long time. Conservatives, whose entire party platform rests on representing “the common man,” almost always get kicked out of office when the common man shows up to vote. Which is odd. So, making lines as long as possible, registration difficult, expensive or impossible, and generally doing everything possible to keep people from voting benefits those who represent the fewest number of voters.
Lewis Black just joined the ACLU’s campaign to end voter suppression — which, although they don’t say so in the film, is almost universally a GOP tactic. Here, he has a chat with Dale Ho, director of the ACLU’s voting rights division. In it, Ho explains to Lewis some of the “politicians” voter suppression tactics, like long lines, restricted voting days, poll taxes, ID requirements and other methods commonly employed by the GOP to subvert democracy.
And Lewis…well, he does what Lewis Black does, ending his rant with “Not on my watch, Baby!” The ACLU’s website now carries an open letter from its newest “celebrity ambassador,” gently titled “F**K VOTER SUPPRESSION.” You can find it reprinted below the video. You can visit the ACLU’s website to sign the letter, and send it off to your local Pachyderm Party Democracy Underminer.
To all politicians who’ve ever tried to block access to voting:
What the hell is the matter with you people?! You need to get your head on straight.
The cornerstone of this great country is the right to vote – and you should be fighting to make sure that every citizen who can vote, does! But instead you’re creating obstacles for voters? Well, that makes a lot of sense, doesn’t it… F*** that!
People marched and fought and died for the right to vote. And you want to legislate away that sacrifice? Not on my watch!
Your power comes from our votes – it’s time you started fighting voter discrimination instead of passing laws that disenfranchise more and more people in this country.
We won’t let you keep getting away with it. So get off your a**es and do the right thing!
Lewis Black & 15,780 ACLU Supporters