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Is voter suppression, intimidation the kind of democracy people believe in?

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Let me finish tonight with this.

There’s something old and bad combining in this campaign finish.

You’ve seen the efforts of Republicans to kill the vote of minorities, all this voter suppression out there.

You’ve seen the moves to intimidate minority voters by scaring them from the polling places.

You’re heard the words of racial denunciation dripping from the lips of Republicans and their backers on the right: the Glenn Beck claim that Obama is a racist; the Rush Limbaugh dirtballing; the John Sununu demand Obama “act like an American;” the Newt Gingrich claim that Obama is a “food stamp President;” the trash talk of Donald Trump spouting looniness about the president being an imposter—some figure born in East Africa who managed to con us, his cat-call that the president “monkeyed” with last month’s jobless numbers; the Romney talk about welfare and how Obama undermined the work requirement to feed his “base;” the Republican Senate candidate’s son in Wisconsin saying the president should go “back to Kenya.”

Now comes the news tonight of how employers are intimidating their employees into voting Republican. Is this the kind of democracy people actually believe in? Voter suppression, voter intimidation, racial agitation, boss’s telling workers how to vote?

Are people actually proud of doing this kind of thing? Do they really believe this is what the Founding Fathers risked their lives and sacred honor for? This stuff?

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Is voter suppression, intimidation the kind of democracy people believe in?

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