Cynthia Tucker: "In that dissent, the late Judge Terence Evans wrote: “Let’s not beat around the bush: The Indiana voter photo ID law is a not-too-thinly-veiled attempt to discourage election-day turnout by certain folks believed to skew Democratic.” That about sums it up."At last a plea for honesty. Let's simply call this what it is. Voter suppression is an insidious, anti-democracy tool necessary for an ideologically pure minority to gain power.
Ideological purity... now there's a loser if there ever was one. When purity is required, the assumption is that the ideology is right and true and if purity is achieved, the world will be saved or redeemed and all problems are solved. Forcing this purity on reluctant citizens causes lots of problems and in reality pretty much ensures that the purists will always remain in a pretty small minority.
Purity means that learning from mistakes is not part of the ideological ecosystem. Losing on an issue of policy is not really a loss, but a victory along the path to purity. In fact, as we've seen from Raphael Cruz, an absolute commitment to ideological purity means that the pure 'base' can make heroes out of losers.
So let's just stay real here. Honestly. Carnival barkers, TV evangelists, and Political Posers are a similar lot. They are in it for self aggrandizement and of course, the money. Honesty is the silver bullet. Call out the dishonesty every time it happens. Folks will finally wake up.
Thanks Cynthia Tucker for the honesty.
More work to do.
UPDATE: Five more instances of honesty from Republican elected officials.