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Missouri GOP Chief: Registering Voters “Disgusting” and “Inappropriate”

By Eric W. Dolan at The Raw Story:

The head of the Missouri Republican Party said Tuesday that efforts to register voters in Ferguson, Missouri, were “disgusting” and unhelpful.

“If that’s not fanning the political flames, I don’t know what is,” Missouri RNC executive director Matt Wills told Breitbart News. “I think it’s not only disgusting but completely inappropriate.”

Wills was responding to reports that Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and other civil rights activists had set up voter registration booths following the death of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old unarmed black teenager who was killed by a Ferguson police officer.

Right. Because encouraging people who have been grossly mistreated by their government to take peaceful, legal action to change that government — that’s disgusting and inappropriate. But they’re also not supposed to protest loudly in the streets. So what are people supposed to do when they’ve been grossly mistreated by their government?

Oh, right. Nothing. They are supposed to do nothing. This is not their government, and they are not supposed to push for it to change in any way.

Just in case we needed any more evidence that the Republican Party is the party that is actively opposed to the very idea of democracy

Fuck you, Republican Party.



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Comments

  1. arensb says

    I keep hearing about people amassing gigantic arsenals of automatic and semiautomatic weapons and talking about watering the tree of liberty with the blood of federal employees or something along those lines.
    Or does that not apply to blah people?

  2. Onamission5 says

    So lemme see if I’ve got this right… rolling into neighborhoods with what amounts to a military occupation in order to suppress people’s constitutional right to assemble, that’s fine and dandy, but encouraging those same people to exercise their hard won right to participate in elections, that’s what’s disgusting?

    I think it is about time that the Repugs went ahead and made “Rights for me, but not for thee” their official motto, as it’s been their unofficial slogan long enough to be transparent. Just stick it on a t-shirt already, guys,.

  3. Scr... Archivist says

    Over on Digital Cuttlefish’s page, he writes about Sunil Dutta’s defense of the police state. “I’m a cop. If you don’t want to get hurt, don’t challenge me.” In his piece, Dutta also writes, “Save your anger for later, and channel it appropriately.”

    And what are people supposed to do when the (albeit limited) electoral channel is also closed?

  4. Thomas Hobbes says

    Isn’t registering opposed to the very idea of democracy? Why would you have to go through an unnecessary administrative procedure for the right to vote – a right you already have? Republicans have used that procedure to ward off Democratic voters way too often.

  5. gmacs says

    In fairness to the Missouri GOP, some of its members are essentially telling this guy to fuck right off.

    Not entirely sure about their sentiments, since it’s not really the residents rioting. But still, it’s essentially a “fuck you” to the director from within his own party. Let’s hope they hold him accountable instead of forgetting in a week.

  6. jimmyfromchicago says

    They just want to suppress he black vote. They’re not even trying to hide it any more.

    Utterly disgusting.

  7. lorn says

    In an interview on NPR a local official pointed out hat blacks constituted the vast majority of the citizens but that there was a white mayor in part because black constituted a tiny sliver of the voters. Peaceful protest is fine but, speaking historically, it doesn’t usually change anything very fast. Replacing all the elected officials in a community with people sympathetic to your communities needs can turn things around. It is the one way to make changes that works.

    Which is why this guy doesn’t want it to happen.

  8. Pteryxx says

    but that there was a white mayor in part because black constituted a tiny sliver of the voters.

    Yeah, about that: in Missouri, and in most US states, anyone convicted or taking a guilty plea to a felony isn’t allowed to vote. In Ferguson, kids get charged with felonies before they’re even old enough to vote. (See also my comments here for citations)

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