To quote an insightful contributor: “I have to hand it to Ross Douthat. He is very skilled at advancing the racist cause of the American Right Wing under the guise of a sensible-sounding pep talk.”
His disingenuous advocacy is a large example of the reason for the Republican fail. He is a dupe to “the looking glass syndrome,” the inability to see an honest reflection, the incapacity to put forth an honest program or describe an honest reality. He and legions of officials and writers see freedom as a tool for denying rights to others. They offer no proven concept of freedom to advance a single cause of public good (unless it’s privatized).
Notice how no hearings investigated Booz. Notice how quickly Texas announced the roll out of two laws blocked under Section 5, even before the lower court lifted its stay.
What makes the argument particularly egregious is its transparent ignorance. Ballot security continues to be the ignored hot button issue the GOP leaves unaddressed. Ripped bags, missing bags, broken locks, unaccounted for ballots, unverified counts have long been the main misdeeds of election rigging.
Republican demagogy ignores what NYU’s Brennan Center wrote: “We have analyzed more than 250 claims of fraud submitted by those supporting the respondents in the Supreme Court’s photo ID case, Crawford v. Marion County Election Board. We find absolutely no proven cases of fraudulent votes that could be prevented by the restrictive ID law being challenged.”