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Published on Aug 24, 2014
The Democrat party has been placing voter registration tables in front of teenager Michael Brown's memorial in Ferguson, Missouri. WHAT A SCANDAL!!!! Clearly they are trying to leverage the tragedy for their own political gain.
Zach Heltzel, always a helper, gives some advice to Democrats about when it is and is not OK to register people to vote, so that they don't end up looking bad.
When is it NOT OK for Democrats to encourage people to register to vote? Well, any time Republicans end up pissing people off, naturally. If there is an oil spill, or women's rights or restricted, or anything else that furthers the Republican agenda happens, it just seems mean to try to register people to vote. It seems opportunistic. You wouldn't want to come across poorly, now would you, Democrats?
That's not cool!
For those of you dedicated enough who have actually read this far into the description (HI THERE!), the key term for today is: WAITING PERIODS.
Waiting periods are a well-worn Republican strategy. You can't talk about gun control after a shooting: it's too soon! You have to wait. You can't talk about mental health right after someone commits suicide: it's inappropriate! You have to wait. And you can't talk about racism after a lynching: it's unseemly! You better wait!
And you can't possibly use people's emotions to motivate them to come out during an election! What a terrible thing that would be, if somehow an issue that people had strong feelings about was used to get people to vote!
It's always a ridiculous argument. When there is a tragedy that has a political component to it, then the emotions spurred on by the tragedy SHOULD be used to galvanize political action. That's not inappropriate, it's actually the best time to get people involved in civics and politics.
Of course, you know the REAL subtext of so many of these Republican arguments: please don't register voters after something happens that makes Republicans look like racist, sexist, militant, gun-toting fear-mongers. Because you wouldn't want people voting based on THAT impression of the Republican party, would you?
Well... certainly not if you're a Republican.
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