Republican legislatures around the country have passed legislation designed to suppress the vote. In Virginia, despite almost no recorded instance of voter fraud, the General Assembly passed a law requiring voter ID when one goes to vote. The politicians know that the voter ID requirement will adversely impact the poor, the elderly and minorities. These groups, easier to intimidate to start with, may not have a driver's license or government photo ID. They also overwhelmingly vote Democratic, which is why they have been targeted. A fair election in which everyone has an equal chance to vote is evidently a great Republican fear.
Another example of the Republican fear of fair elections is the free ride given to the rich to anonymously fund Super Pacs. There is no limit to how much individuals and corporations can contribute to these political attack dogs which buy ads to assassinate the character of opponents. The conservative Supreme Court opened the door for unlimited political campaign contributions in its Citizens United decision. One Nevada billionaire casino owner has given $10 million dollars to Karl Rove's Super Pac, Crossroads, USA, and has promised to give millions more, "whatever it takes," to defeat President Obama. Such wealthy donors, who, if they wish, may remain nameless, are attempting to effectively buy the election.
Presumably tax dodgers can use their secret bank accounts in the Cayman Islands to fund the victory of a party which will then lower their taxes, remove regulations which force them to conform to civilized norms, and enable them to make more billions by outsourcing jobs to cheap labor nations.
Under Citizens United, corporations need not disclose their political contributions to customers or even their own shareholders. Banks have already spent a fortune on lobbyists to derail bank regulation. Medical insurance companies have already spent another fortune to defeat health care reform (which effort failed). Now, they can contribute directly to political campaigns.
Our democracy is being corrupted by unrestrained amounts of money from unnamed donors. The ship of state is without anchor in an ocean of obfuscation.
Warren D. Golightly, Winchester