Commentary on current events, politics, government, and popular culture from John Sheirer, author of the book, Make Common Sense Common Again.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Republicans govern badly on purpose because they're saboteurs who don't want you to vote.

What would you call a political party that actively campaigns to make people hate the political process and drive people away from the voting booth?

You'd call them Republicans.

The wave of Republican voter suppression laws is only part of their strategy. In 1980, Republican strategist Paul Weyrich hatched the plan that Republicans continue to follow today. Republicans know that their ideas are unpopular with the majority of Americans, so they govern as badly as possible because they know that they will win more elections if they can make hate politics and distrust government enough to stay home instead of voting.

The most recent election is a perfect example. Republicans did well because only 36% of eligible voters cast their ballots.

The next time you shake your head at political squabbling and government incompetence, please remember that Republicans want you to turn away. Instead, turn toward the voting booth.


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