Student Voter Suppression, Too!

So, they’re not just suppressing the poor and black vote this time.  Since Barack appeals to students, the Republicans are trying to stop them from voting with lies, too.

According to the New York Times:

Late last month, as a voter-registration drive by supporters of Senator Barack Obama was signing up thousands of students at Virginia Tech, the local registrar of elections issued two releases incorrectly suggesting a range of dire possibilities for students who registered to vote at their college.

The releases warned that such students could no longer be claimed as dependents on their parents’ tax returns, a statement the Internal Revenue Service says is incorrect, and could lose scholarships or coverage under their parents’ car and health insurance.

As I mentioned in my last post (just a few minutes ago), I think it’s really important for everyone to register and vote (and get everyone they know to register and vote) for Barack in this election.  It’s also important that we fight this “caging” and voter suppression by Republicans.

It says a lot about the Republicans that they apparently only think they can win by lies, sarcasm and deceit.  Currently we have the McCain/Palin camp acting like they’ve never heard the expression “You can put lipstick on a pig – it’s still a pig.” in their lives (even though it’s older than McCain, and he himself used it against Hillary).  Instead, we have Republicans like former Massachusetts Governor Jane Swift (who started this round of “swift boating”) claim the expression, which Barack used referring to McCain, was meant as a sexist insult to Sarah.

Please!!!  Really, the expression does really apply to Senator McCain and Governor Palin.  No, I’m not referring to their appearances, which are very photogenic (poor Abe couldn’t run these days, though he’d even recognize that expression).  I’m referring to their record, their ethics, their vicious attacks; all meant to cover up the lack of any real plan to deal with the issues that concern the American public and affect real working class people.  Barack has a plan to deal with issues like the economy, education, health care, women’s rights, veteran’s concerns, ending the war in Iraq. . .  Where’s McCain’s? 

It does appear McCain and Palin would prefer to roll in the mud, rather than discuss the issues.

Who do you want in office for the next four years? 

Register.  Vote.  Fight voter suppression.

Fight the spin.  It seems like the whole point of this “lipstick on a pig”, of pretending Barack’s using that old expression against McCain was meant as an insult to Sarah, was meant to plant the seed that a black, elite, man was insulting a white, working class, woman.

I find that Republican spin very insulting to me – as a white, working class woman.  Like we’re supposed to be such bimbos we’ll vote on identity and not realize the McCain/Palin platform is neither supportive of the working class or women.

We’re not that dumb.  Guess you’re going to have to try to suppress the white, working class women vote, too!


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