Monday, March 14, 2011

OMG GOP WTF New Hampshire! Edition

Have you heard the latest group the GOP/TP wants to disenfranchise now? 18 - 20-year-olds.

A Republican in the New Hampshire state legislature thinks that this age cohort should be denied the right to vote because students are "transient inmates . . . with a dearth of experience and a plethora of the easy self-confidence that only ignorance and inexperience can produce."

So says state rep Gregory Doth in prepared remarks. Prepared as in this was not an off the cuff statement. No, he thought about it and decided this was what he wanted to say.

And he wasn't alone. New Hampshire House Speaker O'Brien agrees: "Voting as a liberal. That's what kids do," he added, his comments taped by a state Democratic Party staffer and posted on YouTube. Students lack "life experience," and "they just vote their feelings.

I urge you to go read the entire diary entry by Dante Atkins at the Daily Kos entitled Assault on Student Voting : Just the Latest GOP overreach. I can't link to it properly since I am composing this via email on my phone. But hey, the fact that I can blog while travelling 70mph on I-10 in Arizona is pretty damn nifty.

Viva technology!


Homschlr4ever said...

Thanks for the info. We are die hard progressives/Unitarians/atheists and sometimes my 19 year old needs to reminded that she can't stand back but needs to fight for her rights. We made the "mistake" of raising her to believe that our country and constitution insured her protection. So now she finds it hard to believe that people would be so narrow-minded. I'll forward this on to her.

mohdhafifi said...

Come here from Malaysia