Letters: Closing primaries is voter suppression

Johnson City Press • Dec 7, 2018 at 6:00 AM

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Closing primaries is voter suppression

Of course the GOP wants voters to register one way — their way — and never ever be able to vote any other way. This would guarantee GOP votes and to heck with voters’ rights.

If the GOP has to scheme and connive to win elections, including primaries, they have sunk to the lowest depths in our democracy. No one has the right to tell Americans how to vote and enforce that they vote for a certain party repeatedly. A nice try, GOP, but not ethical.

Citing North Carolina as a state to follow is beyond ridiculous. North Carolina has been in court for over a year due to gerrymandering and voter suppression, and Tennessee wants to follow that? No, closing partisan primaries is another form of voter suppression and the 60-day change is too. The GOP knows this.

It’s interesting that the GOP is so insecure that they are trying to secure voters for future decades unbeknownst to the voters themselves. Nobody in Tennessee should be forced to join any political party to exercise their constitutional right to vote, regardless of any party of choice.

If the GOP put as much energy into preserving our democracy as they are exhibiting to dismantle it, they might once again be considered a viable, ethical party. This particular GOP is not.


Joseph, Mary and Jesus were refugees

I was a regular attendee of a particular Christian church until about two years ago. A lot of what they preached didn’t really make a lot of sense to me. It sounded like a lot of celestial word salad to attract as many donors as possible without stepping on too many people’s personal beliefs. But one thing that did make a lot of sense to me was the concept of living a Christ-like life: taking care of those less fortunate than us, living an ethical and moralistic lifestyle, respecting the sanctity of marriage. Then these same people elected Donald Trump as their president, and that was the last they saw of me.

Now here we are approaching the Christmas season, and the Trump supporters are telling us how nice it is to be able to say “Merry Christmas” again now that Trump is president. The people that delude themselves with this myth need to go to their computers and search for “President Obama saying Merry Christmas.” What they will find is a dozen or more references to President Obama wishing “Merry Christmas” to many different groups of people. The trouble, of course, is that these folks really don’t want to know the truth. I call it willful ignorance.

Down on the Mexican border, we now have thousands of hungry and homeless people trying to escape the terrible conditions of their homelands to apply for asylum in our country, and the Trump administration’s answer to these people’s desperate appeals for help is tear gas and an order to use lethal force. How this tragic spectacle will play with “good Christians” while they preach about their Christmas spirit will be interesting to watch. The hypocrisies will be staggering.

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