Republican Jim Greer of Florida is a former Head of the Florida Republican Party. Greer was removed from his Chair role as the tea party oozed across the GOP like the 1950s "The Blob". I have remained reticent in reporting on allegations from Greer regarding GOP voter suppression (in Florida) based on his current status as indicted on six felony counts.
The Orlando Sentinel....
The Orlando Sun-Sentinel reports that at a press conference Wednesday, statewide prosecutor William Shepherd said that "a statewide grand jury indicted Greer on six felony charges: organized scheme to defraud, money laundering, and four counts of grand theft."Shepherd said Greer developed a scheme to take money from the Republican Party. He used the money for his personal expenses.
Greer continues to speak openly about his removal as Chair in Florida. He also speaks long and loudly about his alleged first hand "in the room" knowledge of GOP voter suppression in Florida.
My decision to run this piece is based on my first experience of viewing a segment with Greer as a 'color commentator' on GOP suppression. If the GOP representative from Pennsylvania was not captured on camera validating suppression in his state, the following would not have been reported here. Suppression is real, active and being used to kill the very freedoms many have fought for and died.
Politics Nation segments with Al Sharpton and Jim Greer.
If the GOP is again allowed to suppress votes, this nation will hand an election over to the very party who suppressed votes in 2000 and in 2010. The vote in 2000 handed the nation to the most incompetent and deleterious President and Vice President in US History.
I often posit, while reaching into an ever-present 'hindsight', had Gore won in 2000 the nation and the world would be a very different place. Al Gore might have paid a bit more attention to intel of forging nationals planning air attacks with the United States. Gore might have been far less inclined towards GOP war mongering. We feel totally confident Gore would not have fabricated WMD scares to facilitate a 'non-bid (Haliburton) contracts' war in Iraq. Finally, during periods of dire need for regulation and monitoring we sat while a GOP administration as the Sub-prime Bubble gave riches to the few and eventually ruined lives and our economy. Democrats, yes, do believe in regulation.
The Florida vote in 2000 settled on a mere 537 votes. The GOP suppressed a reported 19,000 plus votes. Among that 12,000 suppressed votes, there may have been enough votes to have led to a very different and much more prosperous America.
We can pull farther apart into various social and political camps fostered by crafty political operatives, but we have to be mindful of the potential of a full economic depression. Depression kills nations, people, and futures. If the US economy had collapsed with after the election of McCain/Palin, our differences would have pushed us all together in a common camp: Depressed.