Or, is Rick Scott violating human rights?
One need not put words in current Florida Senator Bill Nelson’s mouth—especially while in campaign mode—but how much truth is expelled is questionable. He has a lot to say when it suits his needs—as during his ramp up for the 2012 reelection bid. With little, to no, media interest in his campaign, and a nonplussed reaction to Obama’s recent campaign/fundraising visit, Mr. Nelson takes a cheap shot at Florida State House Bill 1355 in an attempt to “gin up” division and anger.
Along with his tag team cohort, The St Petersburg Times, he has managed to dance all around the ostensibly innocuous bill without bringing truth into the discussion. One could blame age on the nearly 70 yr old senators lack of understanding—or perhaps his “practiced” lawyer double speak is responsible. Personally, I think he’s using the age old tactic of “rhetorical circling” that only a career politician can master.
House Bill 1355 seems like a small issue at first glance (shortening early voting from 14 days to 8 days), but Florida Senator Bill Nelson managed to toss all his political tricks in the ring. First he set up the premise of unfairness; then he crafted an illusion of human rights violations; added the flavor of non-existing laws; mixed in racial and gender nuances, while adding a sprinkle of fear. He then finished it off by calling up the dead—Susan B. Anthony. Quite an undertaking by our aging senator.
Senator Nelson Says:
“At one time in our country, women and African-Americans didn’t have the basic right to vote. After being arrested for casting an illegal vote in the presidential election of 1872, Susan B. Anthony called it “a downright mockery to talk to women of their enjoyment of the blessings of liberty…” read the whole piece here.
Really Senator, how did women and African-Americans become part of the debate? Or are you simply trying to stir-up division and hate? Another part of the bill Senator Nelson doesn’t like is fining volunteers for fraudulent registrations…he wants to call it registration errors, but we know the truth Senator—voter fraud among democrats is high and Americans aren’t going to forget about ACORN and all their underhanded tactics.
The real cause for all his vitriol is because “House Bill 1355” will shorten early voting from 14 days down to 8 days in advance of an election—and the reason for changing the law comes down to budget short falls. The cost of one day of early voting is around $3000 per precinct. Thank Governor Scott for his taking charge on run-a-way spending.
To the moon Senator
Most of Senator Nelson’s rant is clearly a ruse, and by any stretch of the imagination there are no violations of human rights—the new law barely qualifies as an inconvenience for Florida voters. However, to keep this honest, the truth is, early voting does advantage democrats. It gives them more time for sheepherders to bring their flock of sheeple to the precincts. And that is the real reason Senator Nelson has a problem with these budget cuts. Too bad he didn’t show that much passion for the space program that he waved goodbye as it heads to Russia. Way to keep the money in country Senator.
I vote in a large precinct in Pinellas County and have never waited more than five or ten minutes to cast my vote. Last election I used the mailing option—it makes it easy to vote and gives you the time to research candidates. Also, it’s the most sensible method of voting if you are serious about understanding the candidates and issues. Perhaps Senator Nelson is unaware that Floridians can vote by mail in the comfort of their living room. Senator Nelson is another great excuse for Term Limits. Since we got rid of “Sorry Charlie” Crist, Senator Nelson has become my new Poster Child for Term Limits.
Any way you look at it, this is a shameless bag of tired old tricks from a tired old Senator. But what can one expect from old career politicians?—they haven’t added anything new to the conversation in years. Maybe the law firm Charlie Crist joined, Morgan and Morgan, will hire him.