As an African American woman who can remember when it was against the law for us to vote, I find this Republican controversy against Acorn to be awful. Acorn is one of the few remaining organizations that fights, unabashedly for the rights of the poor. Acorn believes that poor people deserve to have all the rights of other Americans, including the right to vote. So do other organizations including the NAACP's Legal Defense Fund, Project Vote, and many others.
Those of us who grew up in the South know how dangerous it was to try to register to vote. Registering alone could cause one to be murdered. Voting was even more dangerous. The Ku Klux Klan and other anti-black individuals and groups saw voting as a sure way for blacks to become more powerful than they were. I used to believe that the right to vote would bring a bit of equity and level the playing field. However, this was before the Republicans introduced "voter suppression," with the objective of lowering the overall voter turnout and, targeting black inner city voters for repression.
Thus, the Republicans are notorious when it comes to depriving citizens of the right to vote. Karl Rove raised it to a high art form when he dispatched his Capitol Hill thugs to Florida eight years ago to shut down normal operations of post-voting operations. They used every trick of the trade to prevent blacks from voting. Voter identification is a common tactic. Four years ago, Ohio turned out to be the poster child for the Republican Party's suppression of black voters. There is no way Democrats can be accused of systematically preventing any Americans from voting. This brings to mind the case of an African American Republican woman in Sarasota, Florida who is alleged to challenge any or all African American voters who show up for early voting at one early voting headquarters. This woman, who heads a National Black Republican organization, is a notorious example of how the Rovian destruction of our rights to vote are being carrying out.
Let us ramp up our efforts here in Florida and elsewhere. We cannot relax. As Obama says, "Remember New Hampshire," when they thought they had won the election but were defeated by Senator Hillary Clinton. There is no way we can allow Sarah Palin to win anything. The Republicans should give her the $100,000 worth of clothes the Republican National Committee bought her and her children for the campaign. I guess her clothes were not chic and expensive enough for a Republican Vice Presidential candidate. We already know that Sarah Palin likes free stuff. Remember how she charged the state of Alaska a per diem for the nights she stayed in her own home instead of the governor's mansion? Remember how she charged the state for the travel of her children when she took them with her on official business? When called out on it, she changed it and said they were on official business.
If Sarah doesn't buy her own clothes and doesn't know what the job description of the Vice President is, then she and John McCain should lay off Acorn. At least they're trying to stay true to the principles of democracy.