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Charlie Crist bashes Gov. Rick Scott's 'shameless' voter purge, registration crackdown

In another sign former Gov. Charlie Crist is moving to the Democratic Party, he penned an op-ed in the Washington Post bashing Gov. Rick Scott's noncitizen voter purge. The seeds of the purge, incidentally, began under former Secretary of State Kurt Browning, first appointed by Crist, who's now a trial lawyer and therefore earns his living in a profession targeted by Scott. Crist might challenge Scott in 2014.

Crist, in mentioning a voter-registration crackdown law Scott signed, notes a federal judge rejected it. But the former governor fails to mention that the noncitizen voter purge has fared better in court before the same judge.

Some excerpts:

I’m concerned that zealots overreacting to contrived threats of voter fraud by significantly narrowing the voting pool are doing so with brazen disrespect and disregard for our greatest traditions.

As a result of insidious political maneuvers and a lack of respect for voters, we in Florida have been entangled in litigation. The courts and the Justice Department have been required to step in this summer to protect the integrity of the voting process against a sweeping voter purge that the Florida Department of State undertook under the guise of removing non-U.S. citizens from the voter rolls. Among those caught up in this shameless purging and notified that he was not a U.S. citizen eligible to vote: a 91-year-old World War II veteran, Bill Internicola, who fought in the Battle of the Bulge and has proudly exercised his right to vote for many years.

This is just the most recent example of a mean-spirited and all-too-partisan attempt to restrict access to the rolls and to the polls. A federal court also recently struck down provisions of a law Florida’s legislature passed in 2011, which put heavy burdens on organizations seeking to help voters: burdens that the court described as “harsh and impractical,” serving no purpose other than to make it harder for Americans to participate in the electoral process....

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whasup

Shuckins Chuckles, the half-Greek Cypriot, who can't truly decide and say what he really thinks, is now saying to the American people, and to the citizens of Florida, that it's really ok is some aliens vote here.

Shuckles needs to get a fracking grip and realize that most any dear old WWII vet, who learned that somebody might be trying to steal his ID or misrepresent themselves as him just for voting privileges, who rather show up and prove to the government bureaucrats that he is really the old citizen that he has been.

But what the old vets--at least the ones I have know--will generally say is this: I have served my country before, and if I must show up to prove that I am me, and some other scalawag or imposter is not me for voting purposes; I will once again do my duty to this great country.

Run a poll on it and see whether I'm making this up>

Can't Take Anymore

Looks like Wazzup is an official Scott Regime blog troll. His frequent comments are only to attack, attack, attack those who fail to hold to the Teabagggger line of thinking. I doubt many grizzled veterans would feel too happy to see him made their spokesman.

Big Voice

Go ahead Charlie. Hurry up and join the party of Reid, Pelosi, Grayson, Wasserman Shultz, and the other extreme left. No doubt they will welcome you with open arms and your best friend Obama will once again give you a big hug.

sick of you

Go away you androgynous little freak.

wilma Edwards

SORRY GOV SCOTT, PRESIDENT OBAMA AND ATT. GENERAL HOLDER, WILL PROTECT OUR RIGHT TO VOTE. NO MORE REPUBLICANS IN THE WHITE HOUSE.

Foxrepublican

The problem of course is not that Gov. Scott wants to purge the voters roles but the sudo reason for it. They can yell all they want that this is fraud, but has anyone heard of any?
Republican are bad at what they do, and to win they must reduce the number of voters. The laws on groups that register voters says it all. We can't win on our merits, so we have to do what we an to win.
Hey Republicans, how about just putting up good canidates and win the old fashion way.

Terry


The Civil Rights of ex-felons must be earned.

Governor Scott and Pam Bondi are not saying that ex-felons should not have a second chance but should only have longer waiting periods and that they need to earn their civil rights back. What is the criteria for earning these rights back? It must be very high and out of reach for them because most are not winning their rights back. Do you know how many tax paying citizens there are who have completed due process and are still waiting to have their cases reviewed? There are approximately a million in Florida. Do you know how many ex-felons had their rights restored by the Florida’s Executive Board of Clemency last year? There were only 78. This is not even scratching the surface in overcoming this problem. There is approximately a two year backlog on reviewing these cases and they are falling further and further behind each year. I do not think their true agenda is to give these men and women a second chance in rejoining society as full citizens. One strike and you are out it appears in Florida. The other 47 states in this country restore civil rights to their citizens after due process has been completed. Gov. Scott and Pam Bondi seem to think differently.
Between 35,000 to 38,000 inmates are admitted to Florida prisons each year by the most current estimates and nearly the same number are released each year. With only 78 former felons having their civil rights restored this past year, you do the math. At this rate we will have an exponential growing number of these men and women living, working, and paying their taxes as second class citizens. We have a new class of people emerging in our nation that are a subclass, in all intense and purposes, in comparison with our upper, middle and poor classes. Our current system of justice in Florida has created this. Our subclass, which is now approximately a million and growing, cannot vote, hold higher paying jobs of their choice, hold many occupational licenses or live in many common areas of their choosing. These choices have been taken away and withheld from them long after due process has been served. Their families suffer right along side of them. According to our Florida politicians this is not discrimination. If you did not know better you would think that I was talking about a different country. Can these things actually be happening in America? This is one of the reasons we lead the world in the number of its citizens that are incarcerated. China, with four times our population, does not even come close to the U.S. These numbers are increasing at an alarming rate and until people start to stand up and take notice and do something about it this will continue to escalate. A historian and moralist Lord Acton once said that “Absolute Power corrupts absolutely”. Earl Chatham, former Prime Minister of England from 1766 to 1786, went on to say, “Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it”. You may ask yourself, how can someone be punished beyond that which a judge and often times a jury has passed down in a sentence that has a beginning and an end? The answer is, because they can. If we are suppose to have separation of powers among our branches of government in this country of our Executive, Legislative and our Judicial branches then what is Governor Scott doing crossing over into the judicial arena and adding on to due process after it has been handed down by a court of law, served and completed by an individual? In an Autocracy there are no such divisions. Is this the direction our country is headed? Can’t anyone else see this? If Florida is to move forward in its position on restoring civil rights to those who have paid the price by completing due process it must remove obstructionist politicians by voting them out of office such as Governor Rick Scott along with Attorney General Pam Bondi, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam from office. Their obstructionist politics runs counter to what most of our nation believes in and that is to ensure every American has the opportunity to live free from oppression as a full citizen of this great nation with the civil rights guaranteed there in. Every human being deserves a second chance in life. This is what our country stands for. Our forefathers came to this country to escape persecution and to have that second chance. We are known as the land of the free by other countries. The legacy of these politicians will be written in history for all to see and judge someday. Truth always rises to the forefront with the passing of time. Abraham Lincoln said it best. He has left a standing legacy that still rings true today. He said, “I have always found that mercy bares richer fruit than strict justice”. He helped to heal a wounded nation that was torn apart by civil war. Our country’s freedoms were not free but came at a great price and we continue to pay that price to live free still today. If President Lincoln had not extended a hand of mercy to the men and women that had turned against this country we might still be living as a divided nation. Some have learned from this great lesson and some have not. Do not let petty politics divide this country again. Do not burn the bridge of forgiveness that someday you yourself may have to cross. We are all in this race together, the human race. The poet Alexander Pope put this into perspective by writing, “To err is human; to forgive, is divine. Now the torch is passed to this generation. What will you do with it?
For more information on our civil rights landscape please visit www.aarcr.org.

Terry

They fought for us.
Can’t we fight for them?

American Veterans embody the principles of which America was founded more than 235 years ago. America is founded on the principles of freedom, justice and liberty for all. We as veterans, served with the belief that democracy, freedom and civil liberties should be held up around the world as well as here at home. Veterans have answered the call of our nation and served to help protect our country and its freedoms because we know that freedom is never free but comes with great sacrifice and a price. We have put our lives on the line to protect the freedoms that we all benefit from. Many of our friends never came home and paid the ultimate price. Then there are those who made it home and some in our ranks have fallen and failed in their communities. They have broken the law and have had to answer for their lapse of good judgment. We are all subject to the same laws in our country and we must abide by them and their authority, but when any law places a yoke upon even a small portion of its citizens rather than serving to help restore and protect them, then our liberty as a whole and as a united nation becomes fractured. Military veterans, who have been convicted of a felony, make up a significant portion of our disenfranchised American citizens. There are approximately over 650,000 veterans across the country that are unable to vote and are having difficulty finding work as a result of a felony convection. This is roughly one in eight disenfranchised citizens that is a veteran. Florida is home to a great many of these veterans. Hilda L. Solis, our U.S. Labor Secretary said, “For veterans who have been incarcerated, a good job goes a long way to aid in rehabilitation”. She goes on to say, “Stable employment helps ex offenders stay out of the legal system. Focusing on that end is the right thing to do for these individuals and it makes sense for local communities and our economy as a whole”. These are great words but only words until the numbers of our disenfranchised veterans in our ranks that are unemployed begin to go down. The U.S. Department of Labor sat aside $11.7 million in grant money for the purpose of providing an employment centered approach to reintegration and long term labor market prospects for ex offenders. Compare this with the approximate 74 billion dollars our country spends in maintaining and growing our correctional system. The lack of employment has been found to be one of the leading causes of recidivism. Ex felons, who served in our armed forces to help protect these rights are now being denied these very rights in the name of justice. Justice without a certain balance of mercy is oppression and this is not what our country represents. The politics that are at work here is undermining the very fabric in which makes our nation great. We are the land of the free and the home of the brave. We are the land of opportunity and yes of second chances. Freedom without the freedom to make a mistake is not really freedom. For most of these veterans our government, with its current laws, will not offer this second chance them. Many have had their civil rights taken away for life. History has shown that we have treated many of our nation’s enemies better than this. What more is there for these veterans to do? They have paid their debt to society and due process has been served. Restoring their rights as an American citizen is the right thing to do.

We have not forgotten your sacrifices and together we will work on getting your rights restored. Those of us who have served in the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, National Guard and Coastguard share a common creed in that we will never leave a fallen comrade behind. Help us Restore Civil Rights in America.

Faye

Mr Crist, Why did you ever say you were a Republican if you have these kind of thoughts?? You must be another obama, a wolf in sheeps clothing... Saying you were one thing and NOW the truth comes out. SHame ON YOU!!!>>> that makes you a Liar and a Fraud just like obama.. What a shame that you ever were voted in as Governor for our Great State!! If you like dishonesty and fraud you need to come out of the closet and admit that you are a democrat,and join the ranks of the rest of the liberals that want to destruct our country rather than build it back up..

Liberty27

Our country is changing at such a rapid pace and not for the better.

We talk of voter fraud but what about the nearly one million tax paying citizens who have completed their contracts handed down to them by a court of law by completing due process and are still being denied the right to vote in Florida? Florida has some of the harshest disenfranchisement laws for voters in the country. The other 47 states in our country restore these rights after completion of sentence. Gov Scott and Pam Bondi have extended this disenfranchisement to last a live time for most of these men and women. Only 78 had their rights restored last year by the Florida Executive Board of Clemency. Their agenda is not to help these men and women, who served their time, get reestablished back into their communities. They must continue to struggle as second class citizens along with their families’ right along side of them.

I have always loved history. It was always my favorite subject in high
school and college. I have always felt that if we failed to learn from the lessons that history teaches us we are bound to repeat the same mistakes. Our founding fathers established a government that they wanted to stand the test of time. By forming our Constitution grounded on moral Christian truths and values of the ages was perfect. They knew that these truths were constant and will never change. Our constitution is being eroded and watered down by today's moral decay. Some politicians down through the centuries have always bent to the popular demands of the people of their day. We have a silent majority in this country that I believe can turn this around.

I am passionate about civil rights. I served to help defend those rights in the military when my country put out the call for service. I see our freedoms and liberties that are supposed to be protected by our constitution not being preserved. Many are saying that this document is outdated and should be revised or even replaced. If we are not diligent in protecting these freedoms they can be taken away from us. Freedom is not free but comes with a price. My website www.aarcr.org is meant to open up a dialogue about what is currently happening in our country. Every year the number of Americans that are being disenfranchised as American citizens is increasing. We are not addressing the root problems of this rise but only putting people away for awhile as a fix all and not trying to help them get reestablished after they have paid their debt to society. The problem for these men and women started in the family but we can help to reeducate and rehabilitate these individuals at a far lower cost and help to give them a new lease on life. Our country spent over $74 billion dollars last year in growing our correctional system. This system is broke. There is a better way. It is sad to say that we were not all created equal in how we were raised as a child. A good many were brought up in broken homes and dysfunctional families and had to fend for themselves because the parent was either to busy working to pay the bills or just did not care. There is something terribly wrong with this. There is a better way. Put them away and throw away the key I have heard some say. When this hits closer to home I do not believe they will be feeling this way. This is what I believe to be true:

Justice without serving a function is oppression.
Punishment without serving a purpose is persecution.

Our justice system in this country is broke and in need of major repairs. Our country has become addicted to incarceration. This has become the fix all for everything. Our United States has the highest incarceration numbers in the world. As of 2011 we had 2.3 million men and women behind bars according to the International Center for Prison Studies. In comparison China has four times our population and is a distant second with 1.6 million people behind bars and we lecture them on human rights. Our next generation has some urgent decisions to make. Do we continue down this road of statues quo or do we get back to the basics of what our constitution represents?

The Brave men and women who went before us dedicated their lives that our nation remains free from tyranny and continue to be established as a government of the people, by the people and for the people; that the civil rights and civil liberties of its citizens be protected under our nation’s constitution. These decisions will establish the future legacy of our great nation. Do you want to part of the solution or do you want to just sit back and complain about the results of a failing system? Contact your congressman and demand a change. Help us restore democracy and civil rights for all Americans by reestablishing our a government of the people, by the people and for the people in that these rights continue to be protected in spite of race, color, gender or previous condition of penal servitude. Every human being deserves a second chance, a fair chance at living free from persecution and oppression. You may be just one voice but together we are strong; undivided and united we will be heard.
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