Thursday, September 25, 2008

This is the one where I defend JB Van Hollen

Sooner or later it had to happen, and it only cost you fifty cents in the Waukesha Freeman today to read it.

A highlight:

What are striking to me are the claims of “disenfranchisement.” It’s an insult to our historical knowledge of real disenfranchisement. The struggles of so many under the most arduous of conditions to gain universal suffrage should not be so casually used as a club against a legitimate – and federally required – cleanup of the voter rolls. To even imply that providing proof of residency, even a full day after casting your ballot, is the equivalent of fire hoses, attack dogs and hooded riders in the night is insulting to those who suffered and died for the right to vote.
    Those tossing the word “disenfranchisement” around should be ashamed of themselves. Tell me, are they willing to so accuse the GAB for checking registrations after the database was completed? Or are those names that were struck off the rolls by the GAB’s rules not “disenfranchised” but happy errors?
    As for those clerks willingly providing propaganda cover for the GAB, surely their first responsibility as a city or village clerk is to ensure the orderly and legal process of an election? Besides, they’ve invented something new since the days of checking every list by hand. They’re called “spreadsheets and databases.” Time to retire the monk scribes and parchment paper and use a computer instead.