Behind the campaign to let felons vote.
It’s no secret that civil rights groups are running short of civil rights issues. The NAACP is outdated as its name and there’s only so much time that it can spend fundraising off its ancient history. The NAACP has drifted so far off its mission that its advocacy programs include promoting gay marriage, fighting obesity and pushing global warming. In ten years the NAACP will be indistinguishable from every other liberal group pushing the same exact causes with the same exact talking points.
The NAACP is so terminally unhip that Obama skipped it this election cycle, passing it up for the Urban League, while sending noted civil rights hero, Joe Biden in his place. The average age of an NAACP member is 58. The average age of an AARP member is 64 making it only slightly older than the NAACP.
The NAACP runs constant deficits and has been shutting down branches. Its membership numbers were a closely guarded secret for a long time. Confidential documents estimated that the group was down to 178,000 in the 1980s. Despite claims otherwise, it’s probably even lower now. With numbers like that the NAACP will stop existing in twenty years and everyone, including its leaders and its allies, know that it’s only a matter of time before its national headquarters at Mt. Hope Drive gives up hope and shuts its doors.
The only reason that anyone in the Democratic Party still pays attention to the NAACP is voter turnout. In the last few years, the NAACP has shamelessly mortgaged its history to vocally defend voter fraud and attack any voter ID measure as the return of the firehoses and colored water fountains. While the NAACP required a photo ID to access its convention, asking as much of the voter was held to be just as bad as segregation, slavery and Spike Lee movies.
The Voter ID argument has cemented the NAACP’s status as a dusty trophy on the back shelf of liberalism. The Urban League is better for fundraising and Sharpton’s National Action Network has the better organization. All that the NAACP is good for is being taken out once a year to denounce any attempt at preventing the “Vote Early, Vote Often” election strategy of Chicago politics.
The NAACP’s most successful president, Walter Francis White, had blue eyes and blond hair. That gave him something in common with the NAACP which exists only because white people recognize the brand and accept its moral authority on completely absurd issues. And so unsatisfied with just getting the dead to vote, the most recognized and most irrelevant civil rights organization in America turned its attention to helping their murderers vote too.
Taking their case to the United Nations, the NAACP protested that disenfranchising 2 million African-Americans out of 5.3 million felons constituted a crime against humanity. NAACP Senior Vice President for Advocacy Hilary Shelton insisted that disenfranchising felons “prevent those most in need of an advocate from the ability to elect someone who will represent their concerns.” And without the franchise, how will felons register their concerns about the dangers of gun ownership and their noise complaints about excessively loud burglar alarms?
NAACP President Ben Jealous, a man who never misses an opportunity to say something completely incomprehensible in public, kicked off the campaign by proclaiming, “It’s easy to do dirt in the dark. It’s harder to do dirt in the light.” By that Jealous probably wasn’t referring to the dirt that the murderers, rapists and muggers he’s fighting for did. He meant the dirty deed of taking away their right to vote for Congressmen who would deprive their potential victims of their right to bear arms.
But is any politician out there really as low and dirty as to get down in the mud and compete for the serial rapist vote? There’s no competition because one candidate already has the robber, rapist and mugger vote all wrapped up.
After Governor Charlie Crist enabled felon voting in Florida, Obama ran a “You Can Vote Too” registration drive for the child molester who still hadn’t been told that he could cast his ballot for Hope and Change. With between 250,000 and 500,000 new murderer, robber and rapist votes in play, the bludgeoner ballots probably accounted for Obama’s 200,000 vote win in Florida.
The NAACP has targeted Florida governor Rick Scott for reversing Crist’s Votes-for-Arsonists, and their felon voting campaign is backed by the usual ideal public faces of felons who are now wonderful people and have singlehandedly made the world a better place. Or at least that’s what their bios claim. But felon voting isn’t about letting ideally rehabilitated criminals vote. It’s about letting all criminals vote.
In Ohio, Eletrice Harris, an Obama staff member reminds volunteers to target the criminal vote. "We want to remind you that felons can vote - past felons, current, waiting-to-be-sentenced. We need to get them registered because if they are not incarcerated on November the 6th, they can vote." It doesn’t matter if they killed in the past, if they’re waiting around to be convicted of a murder of if they’re killing with one hand while voting with the other—Obama wants their votes.
The NAACP is just the front for a voter recruitment drive among the dregs of society, and for once we aren’t talking about lawyers. In Virginia, the Advancement Project is trying to put as many crooks and criminals back in good graces with the voting booth as possible. Like all good things in life, the Advancement Project is backed by George Soros. While professional groups like the Advancement Project do the heavy lifting, the NAACP lends its name to yet another corrupt perversion of its history.
The states that the NAACP is focusing its Get-Out-the-Murderer Vote campaign on just happen to be swing states. There’s Iowa, Florida, Virginia and North Carolina; swing states whose felon voting rights the NAACP happened to take an interest in before the election. This isn’t about voting rights, it’s about voting results. And signing up murderers is the NAACP’s last resort after exhausting the population of local cemeteries where their buried murder victims always vote Democrat.
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