George R.R. Martin Bashes GOP Over 'Voter Suppression'
George R.R. Martin is not too thrilled with the Republican party--or at least, the members who are backing laws to disenfranchise voters. He recently posted a rant on his blog, calling them "oligarchs and racists clad in the skins of dead elephants". Burn!
Here's an excerpt from Martin's diatribe:
I am way too busy these days for long political rants.
But I would be remiss if I do not at least make passing mention of how depressed, disgusted, and, yes, angry I've become as I watch the ongoing attempts at voter suppression in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Iowa, and other states where Republicans and their Teabagger allies control key seats of power.
It is one thing to attempt to win elections. But trying to do so by denying the most basic and important right of any American citizen to hundreds and thousands of people, on entirely spurious grounds... that goes beyond reprehensible. That is despicable.
Consequently, a Pennsylvania judge just upheld a Republican-drafted, state voter ID law, requiring all voters to produce a photo ID in order to vote, a measure designed to keep minorities (who are usually Democrats) from voting (as many as 1 in 10 Americans don't have a government-issued ID, and many lack the proper identification to get one).
Martin's post, by the way, definitely garnered some attention--an addendum at the bottom notes that comments on it are locked (there are currently 440).
As a former political operative, I'm a big fan of A Song of Ice and Fire--it's an incredibly accurate allegory for insider politics. Do you enjoy that aspect of the books? And what do you think of Martin wading into the debate?
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