Skip to comments.Bill Clinton likens GOP effort to Jim Crow laws
Posted on 07/07/2011 8:23:42 AM PDT by freespirited
Former President Bill Clinton Wednesday compared GOP efforts to limit same-day voter registration and block some convicted felons from voting to Jim Crow laws and poll taxes.
In a speech to liberal youth activists Wednesday, the former president called out proposals in battleground states like Florida and Ohio that could limit the voter rolls.
I cant help thinking since we just celebrated the Fourth of July and were supposed to be a country dedicated to liberty that one of the most pervasive political movements going on outside Washington today is the disciplined, passionate, determined effort of Republican governors and legislators to keep most of you from voting next time, Clinton said at Campus Progresss annual conference in Washington.
There has never been in my lifetime, since we got rid of the poll tax and all the Jim Crow burdens on voting, the determined effort to limit the franchise that we see today, Clinton added.
Clinton mentioned Florida Gov. Rick Scotts move in March to overturn past state precedent including under former GOP governors that allows convicted felons to vote once theyve served theyve finished probation periods.
Why should we disenfranchise people forever once theyve paid their price? Clinton said. Because most of them in Florida were African Americans and Hispanics who tended to vote for Democrats. Thats why.
He also cited the New Hampshire proposal which is currently stymied by a veto from Democratic Gov. John Lynch that would stop college students who are from other states from registering to vote where they go to school.
Other states with powerful new GOP majorities have also drawn fire for their recent proposals to change voting laws.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich is expected to sign a bill that eliminates several early voting options and also eliminates a week-long period when voters could register and cast ballots at the same time. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a law in May requiring voters to show identification at the polls and to have lived in their ward 28 days before the election.
And Maine Gov. Paul LePage last month approved a bill that negates a 38-year old law allowing same-day registration.
Why is all of this going on? This is not rocket science. They are trying to make the 2012 electorate look more like the 2010 electorate than the 2008 electorate, Clinton said.
Chris Jankowski, president of the Republican State Leadership Committee, pushed back against Clintons charge that the GOP is out to keep people from making it to the voting booth.
Its just not fair to paint all these proposals with the same broad brush, he said.
The Republican legislative majorities and their governors around the country are standing up for the integrity of the election process, he added. We support everyone who is entitled to vote to vote. And to take issue with that, to be opposed to that principle means youre actually supporting illegal voting.
Jankowski also said that turnout is fair game in politics. Each party is free to do everything they should and possibly can to turn out their voters, he said.
Carolyn Fiddler, communications director for the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, welcomed Clintons remarks on an issue her organization has been closely tracking. Its such a serious issue, and its exciting to know Clinton is speaking out on it, she said.
Hey Bill....STFU! Thanks
My understanding of American history is Jim Crow laws were instituted by Democrats to control Blacks. All the heartbreak of the South, slavery, segregation, separate but equal, was all Democrat policies.
I have the same understanding.
Republicans are racist.
Republicans want to reinstate Jim Crow.
Republicans want to return to slavery.
liberal youth activists = useful idiots
A Republican getting out of the bed in the morning is racist. And then there is breathing. We are racist just for breathing.
So . . . this is from the apologist for the late Senator Byrd?
billy is trying to become relevent again...
I’m thinking that Bill Clinton is the last person I’m going to take lessons from regarding proper behavior.
Like Jimmy Carter, Clinton just can’t force himself to stay away from the stage. There’s something about Democrat ex-presidents these days that they just crave attention.
If 0bama ever goes into ex-president status (I say “if” because nothing these days is a given anymore), I can only imagine how much of a jones that SOB is going to have for the limelight.
Because, Bill, sometimes crime has consequences.
He’s a lying socialist, community organizing,despotic race- baiter. Unfortunately, some pseudo-Americans here call him President.
The main reason I cannot consider Newt, besides his predilection for wife-cheating, is his admitted admiration for Clinton when Newt was Speaker.
You do not have to HATE, but could we just quit admiring such a low life. Truly proof our culture is going to hell and is nearly there.
Go away Bill.
I think Hillary has a new intern. You might want to concentrate on that.
Bill is making a point and I want to help him drive it home. The Election is just around the corner - NOVEMBER 6 2012! MY GOD FOLKS! People who want to register and vote RAT only have about 17 MONTHS to register! For Democrats, THAT ISN'T ENOUGH TIME! I mean, on a daily basis, about 50% of Democrats move and establish a new residence. It just isn't POSSIBLE for Democrats to get an ID or register to vote in ONLY 17 MONTHS! And I don't want to hear any nonsense about how Republican voters don't seem to have a problem getting an ID and registering to vote by election day. God made them smarter so any comparison is just UNFAIR! It's the DEMOCRATS who have this problem. And the real explanation isn't racism. It's because the DEMOCRATS HAVE THE MOST STUPID EFFING VOTERS ON THE PLANET!
Bill, you’re back! Ain’t seen your black ass in ages! How long has it been since you done any race pimpin’ homie? It’s like old times!
The Jim Crow laws were written by Democrats, weren’t they?
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