Loser Take All by Mark Crispin Miller

Miller was a guest on Bill Moyers Journal  tonight and I found the discussion very interesting considering all the recent hoopla surrounding ACORN.

Even before seeing Miller on television I wondered about the Republican push to label ACORN as crooked.  You hear all this talk about voter registration cards made out in the names of the Dallas Cowboys or someone registering as Mick E. Mouse, or whatever, but why do you never hear anything about the number of people who actually show up at the polls trying to vote as Mick E. Mouse?

Apparently it’s because they don’t show up to vote!  Huh, all this nasty talk about Obama’s relationship with ACORN and how the Democrats are going to try and steal the election by getting all those fictional and dead people to the polls, and it’s basically not true.

According to this report by the U.S. Department of Justice, 95 people were charged with election fraud between October 2002 and September 2005.  Of those 95, only 55 were convicted.  Does this sound to you like some conspiracy to steal an election?  Only 55 convictions in 3 years.

On the other hand, you have what does appear to be a concerted effort by Republicans to prevent Americans from voting when they have every legal right to do so.

Please tell me which is worse?  Registering millions of American citizens who have the legal right to vote and having a few bad apples fall through the cracks, or keeping millions of legal citizens from being able to cast their vote?

I’ll take the former any day.

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