What do you think we should change the name: “The United States of America” to?

I remember going to a History class way, way back when I was in grade school. There was a story about something called the “Tea Party”, a political protest by the Sons of Liberty. They even had a rallying cry as they were dumping loads of tea into Boston Harbor: “NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION!”

Well, we had a Revolutionary War and ultimately gained our independence. We celebrate that monumental day on the Fourth of July by watching fireworks to the tune of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. That’s all in the past.

Today’s ruling by Judge Robert Simpson to uphold the most stringent voter suppression law in the nation effectively takes away the Right to Vote for 750,000 Pennsylvanians. Period. You can hem-and-haw all you want, but 750,000 tax-paying Pennsylvanians who could legally vote before the Voter I.D. law passed no longer can. The most insidious aspect of this is that nearly all of those ex-citizens have no idea their Constitutional Rights have been stripped from them. They can’t fix a problem if they don’t know the problem exists.

There are tons more to be said about the end of democracy as we know it, but I’ll leave you with this: It’s all but certain Mitt Romney will be our next President. The question remains, at what cost?…

9 thoughts on “What do you think we should change the name: “The United States of America” to?

  1. The question is: Should we allow voting by those who do not have a legal right to vote? I hope you agree with me and say no to that! If you do say no, suggest a better way to prevent it!

    Every American citizen should have access to some form of identification that allows them to vote — who are these 750,000 taxpayers who cannot get a state ID or one of the many equivalents that have been specified? Perhaps they haven’t tried! Perhaps they don’t care enough to try.

    • It seems there are others than illegals voting:
      “Election inspectors looking at the 1982 gubernatorial election in Illinois estimated that as many as 1 in 10 ballots cast during the election were fraudulent, including votes by the dead.[1]”
      Those others are dead . . . well actually they were people paid (or otherwise encouraged to use the names of dead people who were not removed from the election rolls.

      Perhaps only 13 “convictions” but how many thousands were missed because of inadequate checks by voting administrators.

      Read this: http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/Dead_people_voting.

    • @Harvey -The “cost” of another Obama presidency pales in comparison to a possible Romney presidency. Either way we’re increasing our national debt, and I’d rather at least get something out of a debt increase, rather than see the money squandered on foreign wars and top-income tax decreases.

      • You’re obviously an Obama fan and I’m sure nothing I can say would change that. If Obama does win a second term however, an answer to the question posed by this thread comes to mind: “The United Socialist States of America” because that is certainly the direction we are heading in after the first four years.

      • I wouldn’t call myself an Obama fan. I will vote for him for the same sad reason most people will – he’s the lesser of two evils.

  2. Living in a “socialized” country like Canada, I will tell you that I would not give it up for the world. I pay my taxes, 35-40% and for that I have health care, help if I lose a job, etc and all that is paid for by me and others like me. I could not imagine having to claim medical bankruptcy because my child is sick. I could not imagine the stress that would cause on me if I lived there uninsured.
    Great Blog Kurt, I will be back.

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