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August 11, 2013

GOP's leaders, followers hasten its demise


To maintain their hold on power, Republicans have no qualms about pushing voter ID laws in virtually every state to suppress voting by minorities and poor people. Maybe they hope to return to the time when only the white landed aristocracy could vote. If Republicans can propose such anti-democratic measures, shouldn’t we consider eliminating voting by stupid people? We can predict the result.

A recent Pew poll found that just 19 percent of Americans now identify as Republican, down from 30 percent a decade ago. Is it any wonder?

Tom Maertens served as National Security Council director for nonproliferation and homeland defense under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, and as deputy coordinator for counterterrorism in the State Department during and after 9/11.



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