Hitler reacts to Mark Ritchie's voter ID defeat [VIDEO]

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Who knew Hitler took such a shine to Minnesota's Secretary of State?
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As news of yesterday's dual Supreme Court's rebuffs of Secretary of State Mark Ritchie circulated, liberals wailed and gnashed teeth. The wailing, along with the favorable court rulings, prompted celebration on the political right.

One such right-winger is local blogger John Gilmore, who went as far as creating a Downfall-inspired video of Hitler reacting to news of his alleged doppelgänger's defeat.

Early in the clip, advisers inform a surprisingly liberal Führer that 'The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled that photo ID will be on the ballot... Ritchie has failed to prevent the people from exercising their will to power.' Those of you who have seen Downfall probably have a rough idea where things head from there, but Gilmore inserts some memorable dialogue, including an exchange about the Koch-Brodkorb and Rep. Kerry Gauthier scandals.

It's revealing insight into what Minnesota's right wing thinks about the left these days. Check it out for yourself:

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womanphoenix
womanphoenix

As mentioned earlier, Republicans like to project what they say/think/do onto others, hence Gilmore's video, which he crafted even as we find more and more evidence that GOP "voting reform" consists of shenanigans, many of them based in bigoted motivations. 

 

Example 1: At least one Ohio Republican admits that suppressing black voter turnout is a key reason for the various "voting reforms" recently pushed by Ohio Republicans.  From http://truth-out.org/news/item/11136-ohio-gop-admits-early-voting-cutbacks-are-racially-motivated --

 

"Why do Ohio Republicans suddenly feel so strongly about limiting early voting hours in Democratic counties [PW notes: But not in Republican counties]? Franklin County (Columbus) GOP Chair Doug Preisse gave a surprisingly blunt answer to the Columbus Dispatch on Sunday: 'I guess I really actually feel we shouldn’t contort the voting process to accommodate the urban—read African-American—voter-turnout machine.' Preisse is not some rogue operative but the chairman of the Republican Party in Ohio’s second-largest county and a close adviser to Ohio Governor John Kasich.

 

"Like Pennsylvania House majority leader Mike Turzai, who said his state’s voter ID law 'is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania,' Preisse said publicly what many Republicans believe privately—keeping turnout down among Obama supporters is the best way for the GOP to win the 2012 election. That’s why, since the 2010 election, Republicans have devoted so much energy to voter-suppression efforts like limiting early voting hours, restricting voter registration drives, passing voter ID laws, disenfranchising ex-felons and purging the voter rolls."

 

Example 2:  Jim Greer, former Florida Republican Party chair, says flat-out that the Florida GOP is doing whatever it can get away with to suppress black voters.  From http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/national/jim-greer-denounces-florida-republican-party-officials-as-liars-and/1242157 --

 

"In a wide-ranging deposition that spanned two days in late May, former Florida Republican Party chairman Jim Greer denounced some party officials as liars and "whack-a-do, right-wing crazies'' as he described turmoil in the months before his resignation.

Greer said some GOP leaders were meeting to discuss ways they could suppress black votes while others were constantly scheming against each other...

 

"Greer said "the party was in turmoil" as officials wanted to get rid of him and former Gov. Charlie Crist because they disagreed with some of Crist's decisions, including the appointment of a liberal African-American judge to the Florida Supreme Court, Crist's endorsement of John McCain for president in 2008 and the hug Crist gave President Barack Obama in 2009. "My phone lit up with people wanting me to censure the governor,'' Greer said. "The tea party came into existence. There was a feeling within the party that the tea party was just a bunch of whack-a-dos." ...

 

"On voter suppression, Greer said he had just completed a December 2009 meeting with party general counsel Jason Gonzalez, political consultant Jim Rimes and Eric Eikenberg, Crist's chief of staff, when questions arose about fundraising.

 

"I was upset because the political consultants and staff were talking about voter suppression and keeping blacks from voting. It had been one of those days,'' he said."

 

 

womanphoenix
womanphoenix

So while Gilmore wastes his time making bizarre visual non-sequiturs in the name of defending the indefensible ALEC/Kiffmeyer vote suppression amendment, the state of Pennsylvania is showing what will happen to MnDOT offices should the Photo ID amendment pass.  From "Chaos at the PennDOT" at FDL (http://my.firedoglake.com/thirdandstate/2012/08/24/chaos-at-the-penndot/) :

 

"Volunteers visited 43 PennDOT centers in 27 counties across the commonwealth, representing three-quarters of the state’s population. They completed a survey that looked at very simple things: whether there was signage, if forms were available, if there was information that the IDs could be available for free, if volunteers got accurate information. We were surprised just how difficult it was for our volunteers to get the right information and the right forms — and they knew exactly what to ask for.

 

"The report finds that voters are likely to be frustrated in their attempts to secure a free ID from PennDOT. Some volunteers found the offices weren’t open the first time they visited and they had to return another time. There was no signage and limited information in half the sites, and the forms needed to secure a free ID were not available most of the time. In almost half the cases, voters received information that proved to be incomplete or inaccurate from staff at the centers. Problems were as likely to occur in Franklin and Luzerne counties as in Philadelphia or Allegheny County."

 

Meanwhile, Sally Jo Sorensen noted recently in Bluestem Prairie (http://www.bluestemprairie.com/bluestemprairie/2012/08/faribault-daily-news-photo-id-amendment-voting-system-overhaul-could-cost-rice-co-120000.html) that the Minnesota amendment's version of the Pennsylvania law would, if enacted in Minnesota, be a terrible drain on county resources:  Rice County alone would likely have to find an extra $120,000 to implement this unfunded mandate.  The irony is that the person Gilmore demonizes, Mark Ritchie, offered up a far cheaper and more effective guard against improper voting back in 2009 -- and not only was it vetoed by Tim Pawlenty, the Republican governor at the time, but Mary Kiffmeyer -- the lead local force behind the Minnesota amendment that would cost Minnesota counties millions to implement even imperfectly -- claimed that it would be too expensive.

womanphoenix
womanphoenix

Someone should tell Gilmore that Downfall parodies stopped being cool long before Constantin Films started going after the parodists on YouTube.  (They gave up after a while.)  Seems the same lightning-fast intellect that thought pestering a pedicabbie and her Muslim female friends was a good idea is right up there with James "Love Boat" O'Keefe in terms of ability to create videos; at least he left out the handcuffs and vibrators.

 

But of course, as Molly Ivins noted ages ago, Republicans are projectionists -- chances are good that anything they accuse others of being or doing, they themselves are actually doing -- and often on a far bigger scale.  For instance:  Even as Newt Gingrich used Jim Wright's  $55,000 book deal to help hound the Texas Democrat out of Congress so Gingrich could take over as Speaker, Newt himself had inked a $4.5 million book deal with a Rupert Murdoch publishing firm in exchange for a promise to repeal legislation outlawing foreign nationals (as Murdoch was at the time) from owning American media companies -- thus making FOX News possible.

 

 

TheConservativeJerk
TheConservativeJerk topcommenter

Awe, Mark Ritchie and the Communist Party USA lost in their efforts to squash democracy.

It’s nice to see that the Supreme Court ruled in the favor of the voter. 

For all you that feel this were a defeat, don’t fret.  The closeted Marxists like Mark Ritchie have recently been coming out in droves.  Whereas at one time they denied their communist ties, their now coming out and beginning to boast about these very same plans.   Naked Marxism has been alive and well within the Democrat Party for some time now, but the masks are coming off.   The days of the “independent” sitting on the fence while wondering where to go are also coming to an end.     

 

jpinmn
jpinmn

Have to love the ignorance of history and political positions when a right winger calls someone a fascist as an insult. Do they not understand fascism is an ultra-right wing nationalist philosophy? At least get it right and make a Stalin video or something leftist. jeesh.

knarfblack
knarfblack

One thing is for sure: the guy has no idea how to balance the amount of text in a subtitle with how long it remains on screen.

Jokers
Jokers

Voter suppression efforts: a solution in search of a problem. I get a kick out of the "felons" argument. A felon voting is illegal, but is not fraud. Fraud require misrepresentation. The felons were caught because they used their correct identification. The irony of that argument is just too rich. The fact that a majority are willing to let one party  disenfranchise large voter blocks is disturbing. It's an blatant attempt to steal elections.

Sallyjos
Sallyjos

Given that Gilmore's palsat LeftMN compared Kurt Bills and Keith Downey to Hitler and Pol Pot earlier this year, while Gilmore likened Ron Paul to Hitler, the rhetoric isn't surprising. There's been a lot of this going around, and if criticized, the bros at LeftMN claim the refuge of hyperbole, Godwin's Law be damned.

 

The Downfall clip is a well-worn Internet meme, and in the rhetorical climate nurtured by our politics, this was only a matter of time. It's too bad Ritchie, a decent man, is the target, but given that few Minnesota progressives have called out the excesses of their own, there isn't much room for them to criticize Gilmore for this. Those were comfortable with LeftMN comparing Keith Downey to Pol Pot are pretty much shit out of luck if their sensibilities are offended by this.

TheConservativeJerk
TheConservativeJerk topcommenter

 @jplarson "The fascist party and state is led by a supreme leader who exercises a dictatorship over the party, the government and other state institutions.  A number of historians have regarded fascism as a revolutionary centrist doctrine, a doctrine which mixes philosophies of the left and the right.  Fascism was founded during World War I by Italian national syndicalists who combined left-wing and right-wing political views."

 

So, next time you hear someone say we should “compromise” you should think of what?

 

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

 @knarfblack I usually find the downfall meme's entertaining, even if I agree with the message, there was just too text to keep up with without having to rewind.

 

 

TheConservativeJerk
TheConservativeJerk topcommenter

@Jokers

The best part of the "Voter ID" amendment is it will provide a FREE ID to anyone who does not have one.

It could be said that anyone who opposes the “Voter ID” amendment WANTS to disfranchise the poor and elderly by denying them this basic form of personal identification.

 

  Sec. 2. [201.017] STATE-SUBSIDIZED IDENTIFICATION. 2.29    

Subdivision 1. Issuance of identification cards. (a) The Department of Public 2.30 Safety shall provide a Minnesota identification card as described in section 171.07, 2.31 subdivision 3, to any applicant who is eligible to vote in Minnesota and who does not 2.32 possess a valid Minnesota driver's license or state identification card. The department 2.33 may not require the applicant to pay a fee for issuance of an identification card under 2.34 this section.  A state-subsidized identification card may only be applied for at a driver's 2.35 licensing facility operated by the Division of Driver and Vehicle Services. 3.1 (b)  Upon application for a state-subsidized identification card, including upon 3.2 application for a renewal, duplicate card, or when a new card is required as a result of 3.3 a change of address, an applicant must present verification that the applicant is at least 18 years of age, is a citizen of the United States, and will have maintained residence in 3.5 Minnesota for at least 20 days immediately preceding the next election. 3.6   

 Subd. 2. State-subsidized identification card account. A state-subsidized 3.7 identification card account is established in the special revenue fund. Money in the 3.8 account shall be appropriated by law to the Department of Public Safety for purposes of 3.9 providing state-subsidized identification cards to individuals qualifying under this section. 3.10 The commissioner of public safety must report to the legislature at least monthly on 3.11 expenditure of funds from this account.  

Jokers
Jokers

 @TheConservativeJerk  @jplarson Kurt, you knowledge of history, or lack thereof, is alarming. But, you certainly got the cut/paste feature of Windows down pat.

green23
green23 topcommenter

 @TheConservativeJerk  @Jokers That is just a BILL, not the Amendment.

 

The bill was vetoed, genius. If the Amendment is passed, it doesn't mean that the BILL passes.

 

The enabling legislation for the Amendment hasn't been written yet, because the Amendment hasn't passed. The Amendment does provide for a "free ID", but the details are left to the enabling legislation.

 

Under *current* law, which is what the situation will be until the enabling legislation is passed, a certified birth certificate is REQUIRED for a State-issued ID.

 

This ensures that the ID is issued in the name of a real person, not a psuedonym. With the epidemic of identity theft, a person's Social Security number is hardly secret information. The bill that you quote requires only the last four digits of a SSN, and the willingness to pull someone's discarded bills out their trash bin, in order to get an ID in their name. With that, you can easily impersonate them and thus deprive them of their right to vote.

 

The Social Security card is the most easily forged or fraudulently created 'identification' issued by the federal government. Virtually all illegal aliens have one. It proves that you filled out a form and not much more than that.

 

This is your grand solution to voter impersonation?

 

 

 

 

 

green23
green23 topcommenter

 @TheConservativeJerk  @Jokers Does the legislation provide a free certified birth certificate? No, it doesn't. You can't get your "free" ID without a certified birth certificate.They cost about $35 if you were born in MN.

 

Out-of-state birth certificates can easily cost $50. That isn't paid for by your "free" ID, either.

 

You know this already. I've brought this up several times.

 

jpinmn
jpinmn

 @TheConservativeJerk how does the "free id" lead to less government in our daily lives? Seems antithetical to the GOP claims of minimizing govt intrusion.

Jokers
Jokers

 @TheConservativeJerk No one has said anything about "free ID" as there is no wording about such on the ballot. Of course, the only way this will survive court challenges is to make it completely free, lest the charge of poll taxes be levied.

TheConservativeJerk
TheConservativeJerk topcommenter

 @Jokers  @jplarson    Hmmm, apparently I have problems with history, so you say; but yet you derived at the fact I did not wright it.

green23
green23 topcommenter

 @TheConservativeJerk  @Jokers So, all you have to do is give them someone else's name on a form. Put that name on your mailbox, and then you get an ID. You don't even need your picture taken, so nobody can prove it was you who got the false ID.

 

And that's supposed to solve "voter fraud"?

 

Most library cards are more secure than this joke of an ID.

 

Seriously, if "voter fraud" is what Republicans believe it to be - organised, devious, and widespread - then this "free ID" is really nothing more than making someone pinky swear that they really are who they claim to be.

TheConservativeJerk
TheConservativeJerk topcommenter

 @green23  @Jokers

Wait what?  Come on man, the bill is only a couple pages long.   READ THE FU*CKING THING!

 

6.1    Sec. 6. Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 171.06, is amended by adding a subdivision

6.2 to read:

6.3    Subd. 3b. Application for voter identification card. An application for a voter

6.4 identification card, including a renewal or duplicate card, or a new card required as a

6.5 result of change of address, must:

6.6 (1) state the applicant's full legal name, date of birth, sex, residence address, and

6.7 (i) last four digits of the applicant's Social Security number, or (ii) certification that the

6.8 applicant has not been assigned a Social Security number;

6.9 (2) describe the applicant in the manner the commissioner deems necessary;

6.10 (3) be accompanied by proof satisfactory to the commissioner of the applicant's

6.11 United States citizenship;

6.12 (4) state the length of residence at the applicant's current address; and

6.13 (5) present a photographic identity document or affirm under penalty of perjury that

6.14 the applicant has a religious objection to the use of a photographic image.

 

Hmmm, no mention of a BIRTH CERTIFICATE

If you brought it up before, I may have just forgot.

Or perhaps I ignored you because I may have thought you were intentionally being stupid.

green23
green23 topcommenter

 @Jokers  @TheConservativeJerk Actually, there is such wording on the ballot, but Kirk is lying about the details.

 

""Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to require all voters to present valid photo identification to vote and to require the state to provide free identification to eligible voters, effective July 1, 2013?""

TheConservativeJerk
TheConservativeJerk topcommenter

 @Jokers 

Ya all this talk and reporting about this bill in the media, and they forget to mention the #1 key component of the bill.

Just some more proof that Ignorance is bliss, and the media likes to keep you that way to forward their agenda. 

And as far as the "wording on the ballot", did Mark Ritchie add the wording to the ballot?

Hmmm. I wonder why...

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