The Huffington Post reported today that a Pennsylvania judge has postponed the enforcement of the state's new strict voter ID requirement until after the November presidential election. In response, the Post says that Republican Pennsylvania Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, who sponsored the voter ID bill, lashed out at a "judicial activist decision" he called "skewed in favor of the lazy who refuse to exercise the necessary work ethic to meet the commonsense requirements to obtain an acceptable photo ID." The Judge, he wrote, has chosen "to openly enable and fully embrace the ever-increasing entitlement mentality of those individuals who have no problem living off the fruits of their neighbors' labor."
When did the Republican Party become the Party of haters? From its Presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, to U.S. House Members (and probably some Senators) to Republican State Congress men and women the Party has become inciters of hatred.
Since the time of Nixon, the Party has become a very real and serious threat to our Democracy. Watergate was a constitutional crisis. The Republican majority on the Supreme Court decided the 2000 presidential election. George Bush countenanced torture. Republican-controlled Legislatures are now trying to disenfranchise the elderly, the disabled and poor voters through Voter ID requirements and other nefarious means.
I think what troubles me the most is that so many Americans who identify themselves with the Republican Party think that these tactics, these threats to our Democracy, are acceptable as long as it brings victory. The "end justifies the means" mentality pervades the minds of so many Republicans, as evidenced by the number of people who are willing to embrace Romney and his cohorts no matter their behavior. Very troubling for the future of our Nation. Not only are Metcalfe’s words disgusting, the behavior of the Republican Party leadership is reprehensible.