Author George R.R. Martin flexed his mighty imagination to create the world known today as "Game of Thrones."
When it comes to political philosophy, Martin more or less copies and pastes the latest Democratic talking points into his blog.
Case in point: Martin blasts Republicans, Tea Party members and anyone who thinks it might be a reasonably good idea for citizens to show proof of identification while casting a vote.
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.
It would really be nice if there were still some Republicans of conscience out there who would stand up and loudly denounce these efforts, a few men of honor and integrity for whom "win the election" does not "win the election at any cost...."
The people behind these efforts at disenfranchising large groups of voters (the young, the old, the black, the brown) are not Republicans, since clearly they have scant regard for our republic or its values. They are oligarchs and racists clad in the skins of dead elephants.
And don't tell me they are libertarians either. No true libertarians would ever support a culture where citizens must "show their papers" to vote or travel. That's a hallmark of a police state, not a free country.
Push past the boilerplate histrionics - "police state" ... "voter suppression" ... "teabaggers," and you're left with, well, nothing.
Has Martin taken an airplane recently? If he has, he must be a smooth talker to avoid showing his identification before getting on the aircraft. Guess we're already in a police state, by his fuzzy math.
Martin can't reasonably argue his case because he has none. Americans show ID to enter an R rated movie, to fly a plane (sad but true), to buy a Stella Artois and to enter many office buildings. Doing the same to cast your ballot is the very least anyone can be expected to do.
Like most liberals, Martin would rather play the race card than defend his position.
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