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13 August 2013

To the Fulton County Democratic Party, Prove It or You're Full of Shit

Fear wins elections.

If I may be so bold as to paraphrase a few lines from the 1995 motion picture The American President, "[Politicians and political parties are] interested in two things and two things only: Making you afraid of it and telling you who's to blame for it."

That, my friends, is how you win elections.

This week, the Fulton County Democratic Party gave its members a firsthand lesson in the politics of fear.

In an email sent Wednesday, Fulton County Democrats claimed, "Thirty-three states have recently passed or are considering legislation that hinders the right to vote, striking at the very foundation of American democracy. Rightwing opponents of voting rights have mounted an aggressive campaign to swiftly pass bills to turn back the clock on decades of hard-fought progress. Their backward agenda includes changing polling locations at the last minute; changing polling hours; eliminating early-voting days; reducing the number of polling locations; eliminating eligible candidates with specific requirements such as landownership; requiring voters to travel to multiple locations to vote; and even canceling elections."

Those three sentences from the Fulton County Democratic Party told us what to be afraid of; "rightwing opponents of voting rights." Those same sentences told us who's to blame for it; "rightwing opponents of voting rights."

But as one New York Democrat famously said, " Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but they are not entitled to their own facts."

So to the Fulton County Democratic Party, I say why don't you prove it.

Prove it or you're full of shit.

The Fulton County Democratic Party needs to produce the legislation, sponsored by Republicans, that change polling locations at the last minute; change polling hours; eliminate early-voting days; reduce the number of polling locations; eliminate eligible candidates with specific requirements such as landownership; require voters to travel to multiple locations to vote; and even cancel elections.

This is a time for serious people and serious discussions, Fulton County Democrats, and your fifteen minutes are up.