Credo, n., Any formula of belief.
In politics and propaganda belief is everything, which makes facts or evidence disposable.
Florida – who wrested the title for Wackiest In The Union from California – is a perpetual target for leftists. The reasons are wide, ranging from an aging and thus conservative population to the number of Yankee transplants that adopted certain Southern sensibilities about important issues (all you Yankees and half-backs who have concealed carry permits, raise your trigger finger).
But nothing angers and confuses a lefty more than what happened in 2000 when Al Gore lost Florida. Ignoring that Al also lost his home state of Tennessee (they had enough of him) and that winning over Volunteers would have made Florida irrelevant, the insanity of the Florida recount and court decisions haunt the misnamed progressives twelve years later. Routinely they shout that Bush didn’t win the election but was awarded it by the courts, which indicates many liberals know diddly and squat about constitutional law (or perhaps they failed to acquire reading skills given that Supreme Court decisions are summarized everywhere).
Witness a recent email from Credo Action, the political septic growth dangling off Credo Mobile’s flabby corporate body. Reacting to a Florida voter poll purge, their email insinuates that the activity is illegal, targets Hispanics, is part of an ongoing Republican voter disenfranchisement operation and that Governor Rick Scott is the Prince of Darkness.
Well, he does look a bit spooky with his chrome plated dome.
Indeed, Credo opened their somewhat slanderous solicitation with the words “here we go again” and within a paragraph tied their bromide to the 2000 election cycle. They bluntly state that “Republicans are working to steal the 2012 Presidential election for Mitt Romney” without offering evidence (they substitute for substantiation links to well-known leftist web sites in a fumble footed footnote ghetto). They claim Florida is conducting a “systematic effort to purge up to 182,000 Floridians who are likely Democratic voters” and that targeting “Hispanic, Democratic and independent-minded voters.”
Credo’s email is more manure rich than the Ponderosa back forty.
The propaganda tactics are plain, but constructed with less precision than a bowl of spaghetti. Foremost, they claim Hispanics are being targeted. Since part of the role reduction (or cleaning if you prefer) is designed to remove ineligible voters, it would undoubtedly include illegal aliens. Since approximately 70% of illegal aliens in the United States are Hispanic, any mop-up would not specifically target Hispanics but would net a statistically higher number than smuggled suspects from other regions around the globe. Given Florida’s proximity to Latin America and their long standing desire to annoy Fidel by harboring Cubans, the rate of removed illegal Hispanic voters might be higher still.
Of course, if Marco Rubio is Romney’s VP pick, there is no guarantee that voting illegals wouldn’t vote Republican in this election cycle.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of Credo’s canon is that “likely Democratic voters” would be removed from the roles. Let’s look at this assumption under two different spotlights. First, Florida has roughly the same number of Republicans and Democrats. All other things being equal (which they are not), the odds are almost 50/50 that a voter role rinse would rescind as many Elephant as Donkey voters. Second, what is the nature of the targeted voters that make them Democrats? We have covered the sub rosa Hispanic angle and can safely assume that a fair number of soon-to-be unregistered voters are also unregistered immigrants. The Miami Herald notes that 7,000 felons (people who lost the right to vote via raping, stabbing and campaign finance infractions) are also being removed and were largely black and Democrat (not an unusual pairing). Taken as a whole, Credo is tacitly claiming that the probability of a Florida Democrat being a felon or illegal alien is high.
My Republican Floridian friends are feigning shock while my Democrat family there is ready to string me up.
Credo’s claptrap has one propaganda purpose, to motivate the base. Likely staffed largely by Democrats, Credo’s goal is to raise both a ruckus and set a stage for post-election expostulations in case Democrats lose (with Election Projection currently showing Florida leaning red and the economy feeling blue while heading for a double dip, odds are Florida will obsolete Obama). Funny footnoting, absentee stats and abysmal analysis all lend to Credo’s creed and deepening lack of credibility.
But perhaps I shouldn’t point this out. If Occupy Wall Street proved nothing else, it showed the shrill eventually go silent.