August 21st, 2012
By Frank Byronn Glenn -- It's time the American people woke up and abandoned these crazy right wing Republican "fascists" masquerading as legitimate representatives in our Democracy. With only 42 days until early voting begins in Ohio and 77 days before the general election, Republicans of Ohio, led by their Secretary of State, have panicked and suspended two Democratic election board members from Montgomery County, home to Dayton, a city that historically favors Democratic candidates and issues, and amps up tensions between Democratic and Republican Congressional and Presidential campaigns.
In a partial attempt to explain his actions, Secretary Husted said, "After reviewing the facts, I issued a directive establishing the same days and hours of operation for voting in all 88 counties. I believe that this directive, in addition to providing for statewide uniformity, was fair and allowed for ample access to the polls." Sec. Husted ordered Tom Ritchie and Dennis Lieberman, the two Democratic BOE members in question, to attend to explain why he should not fire them, Mr. Husted said the duo refused to implement the law in favor [of] establishing their own days and hours of operation. It might be well for Mr. Husted to be reminded that everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany and Europe leading up to and during World War II, after coming to power -- was "legal". It simply was not "moral".
. .They not only broke Ohio election law with this action, he said in prepared remarks, but they violated the principle of uniformity
established to create fairness in the way we vote across Ohio. "While they are free to disagree with my decision, they are not free to disobey the law," said Husted. It might be well for Mr. Husted to be reminded that everything Adolf Hilter did in Germany and Europe after coming to power in Nazi Germany -- was "legal". It simply was not "moral". Neither was Mr. Husted's actions. And Husted may be in violation of the Voter Rights Act of 1965 by even attempting to undermine the voting rights of Ohio citizens.
. . “I am committed to making voting uniform, easy, fair and secure," Husted said, directing anyone with questions about what they need to do to prepare to vote to find answers at www.MyOhioVote.com.
. . In one poll performed last week by Public Policy Polling, when asked "Do you think early voting should be available to all Ohio voters in the last three days of the early voting period, or only for members of the military?" 61 percent it should be, while 30 percent it should only be available to members of the military and only nine percent were not sure.
Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern released a related statement, saying, “In his continued effort to suppress Ohioans' access to voting, Secretary of State Jon Husted has now threatened to fire two Montgomery County Elections Board members
who supported an expansion of voting hours to help give their residents more opportunities to vote. While we’ve watched for months as he and his fellow Republicans pulled out every stop to slash voting hours across the state, I’m both shocked and deeply disappointed that Jon Husted would sink to this level. All Ohioans should be greatly concerned that our Secretary of State is willing to force two public servants out of their jobs in order to push through his political agenda of voter suppression.”
"This is un-American," Ritchie said in a published report. "It's Draconian. He [Husted] is using a 2 by 4 to kill a gnat. All he had to do was his job and cast a tie-breaking vote to close the voting booths on weekends, but SOS Husted wants to scapegoat us."
We agree. What Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has done is un-American. It is a "crime against Democracy". And as such -- represents -- in our opinion -- just as big a "national security threat" as the terrorist attacks of 9-11 --
with the exception that it affects more people. It doesn't kill them outright -- it simply kills their rights to participate in their democracy -- a sacred right granted and secured by the Constitution of the United States. To undermine -- or usurp that -- is treasonous and ought to be treated that way. Jon Husted is a liar. He is simply trying to steal the right to vote of Americans living in Ohio -- and claim he is doing it to make sure elections are fair! More elephant turds from the Ohio GOP, Jon. Just more elephant turds. And you're the biggest one!