Rep. Allred: GOP Voting Restriction Bills Attack ‘Heart Of Democracy’ 1

Rep. Allred: GOP Voting Restriction Bills Attack ‘Heart Of Democracy’

 

Rep. Colin Allred (D-TX) joins Lawrence O’Donnell to discuss ways to challenge Texas GOP voting restriction legislation as the TX Republican governor calls for a special session.
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47 comments

  1. Republicans have come to the realization that democracy and free & fair elections won’t allow them to hold on to power, or abuse that power. So they intend on bringing an end to democracy all-together.

    “If there is one fact we really can prove, from the history that we really do know, it is that despotism can be a development, often a late development and very often indeed the end of societies that have been highly democratic. A despotism may almost be defined as a tired democracy. As fatigue falls on a community, the citizens are less inclined for that eternal vigilance which has truly been called the price of liberty; and they prefer to arm only one single sentinel to watch the city while they sleep.” 
    ― G.K. Chesterton, The Everlasting Man

    “The actions of government, we are told, bear down only on imprudent souls who provoke them. The man who resigns himself and keeps silent is always safe. Reassured by this worthless and specious argument, we do not protest against the oppressors. Instead we find fault with the victims. Nobody knows how to be brave even prudentially. Everyone stays silent, keeping his head low in the self-deceiving hope of disarming the powers that be by his silence. People give despotism free access, flattering themselves they will be treated with consideration. Eyes to the ground, each person walks in silence the narrow path leading him safely to the tomb.” 
    ― Benjamin Constant, Principles of Politics Applicable to All Governments

    1. “The battle,sir, is not to the strong alone: it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.”
      – Patrick Henry

    2. Rapd Sims

      – You need ID to vote. You show it when you register. The data show three things:

      1- Individual voter fraud is virtually non-existent.

      2- Blacks and/or lower income citizens are statistically less likely to have the ID required.

      3- Lower income citizens and/or especially Blacks are much more likely to vote Democrat.

      It’s not hard to see why Republicans are doing this. Make a list of ways to suppress votes. Then make one of ways to improve voter security. Compare them to the Republican plan.

    3. @J Groovy that might have been the most racist statement I’ve heard in a while. I’m no republican……I identify as a classical liberal/libertarian and you illiberal regressives and your bigotry of low expectations are gross. Also it’s been documented that the majority of the country INCLUDING THE MAJORITY OF BLACKS think you should have ID to vote.

    1. 1% Joe will go down as the worst president in history and MSM will cover for him! But the world is watching! Truth over Lies

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    1. NO Sunday early voting ? No 24 HR voting ? NO Drive through Voting ???? Voter ID ..!!!!! … OMG !!! This is the end of democracy !! This is the end of Humanity !!!

    1. NO Sunday early voting ? No 24 HR voting ? NO Drive through Voting ???? Voter ID ..!!!!! … OMG !!! This is the end of democracy !! This is the end of Humanity !!!

  3. NO Sunday early voting ? No 24 HR voting ? NO Drive through Voting ???? Voter ID ..!!!!! … OMG !!! This is the end of democracy !! This is the end of Humanity !!!

    1. – You need ID to vote. You show it when you register. The data show three things:

      1- Individual voter fraud is virtually non-existent.

      2- Blacks and/or lower income citizens are statistically less likely to have the ID required.

      3- Lower income citizens and/or especially Blacks are much more likely to vote Democrat.

      It’s not hard to see why Republicans are doing this. Make a list of ways to suppress votes. Then make one of ways to improve voter security. Compare them to the Republican plan.

    2. @J Groovy..After registering to vote, what’s needed to verify whether that the person voting is who they are let alone alive or dead ??

    3. @Dennis Janda – Their signature, and the fact that individuals don’t cheat in elections in any significant numbers!

    4. @J Groovy..Explain dead people’s signature when voting and just one illegal vote is significant, right ??

    5. @Dennis Janda – The only “dead people” were caught voting for Trump. No, one illegal vote is NOT significant. We’d never complete an election if we invalidated every election over one fraud.

  4. You want to know something real freaky?
    Try finding Qanon on the internet.
    Not people that believe in Qanon. I mean actually find where the actual Qanon says things.
    It doesn’t exist.

    1. QAnon has always been a secret rumor mill. That secrecy makes it more malignant, not nonexistent.

    2. @ruth depew Qanon is a boogeyman Democrats can pull out to cover their BS. Like “Anonymous” before that. It’s just another scare tactic gullible voters fall for. They’ll call the next iteration XYZanon.

    1. Alas, tomorrow you will wake up and still be you. It’s unfortunate but you’re going to have to learn to live with it. Good luck with ever experiencing dignity or self respect.

    2. @foosgoalie coming from someone who watches msnbc talking about dignity and self respect? the hypocrisy.

  5. The Federalist Society has written all of the Cancel Democracy legistation. The only differences are the slight tweaks each GOP lawmaker creates in various states. The most insidious provision in these bills is the one that makes it possible to throw our all the votes the GOP legislature doesn’t like.

  6. They preach freedom of speech… At the point of a gun… So the gun is to keep us from voting? How un-American.

  7. They want prove of ID but they don’t have to Prove anything Regarding an election, a Judge can give the election to whomever he Want. That Provision on the Bill makes it Very Sospicious! It was done with Malice

  8. ‘The issue is not having an election but who gets to vote and who counts the votes’ J.V.STALIN

  9. And yet Democrats still can’t do anything about it. I guess this is how democracy dies in America. Through fecklessness.

  10. Colon Allred is fine with ordering people to carry vaccine passports but has issue with requiring voter ID

  11. In 1992 all you needed was a voter registration card, that’s how I 1st got mine when I turned of age, it was that simple, now it’s a maze of roadblocks

  12. Is having to produce an id for EVERYONE to restrictive? How is it racist,racists, if everyone has to do it? We got racists crying racism over IDs,thats rich.

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