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Munoz writes: "In an interview with former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly ignored key legal problems for photo voter ID laws under the Voting Rights Act and dismissed concerns of voter suppression, claiming in-person voter fraud was a problem."

Colin Powell schooled O'Reilly on voting rights. (photo: Media Matters)
Colin Powell schooled O'Reilly on voting rights. (photo: Media Matters)


Colin Powell Explains Voter Suppression to O'Reilly

By Sergio Munoz, Media Matters for America

02 February 13

 

n an interview with former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly ignored key legal problems for photo voter ID laws under the Voting Rights Act and dismissed concerns of voter suppression, claiming in-person voter fraud was a problem.

On the January 29 edition of the O'Reilly Factor, O'Reilly hosted Powell to discuss "racial politics," voter suppression, and voter fraud, but failed to provide important context, including any mention of a crucial Voting Rights Act case set to be argued before the Supreme Court on February 27. In part, this case will turn on the historic civil rights law's efficacy at preventing the type of race-based voter suppression Powell described.

The problem that recent photo voter ID laws purport to address - voter fraud committed in person - is "virtually non-existent." Nevertheless, in the past two years, state Republican legislators and right-wing allies have aggressively pushed such laws that add another identification requirement for voting, even though voter identification is already required across the country. Under the Voting Rights Act, federal courts have recently confirmed that new voter ID laws in jurisdictions with a history of voter suppression have a prohibited effect on African-American and Hispanic voters.

O'Reilly refused to acknowledge any of these facts in his interview with Powell, even as Powell tried to explain them to him:

 

 

 

 

POWELL: One more point.

 

O'REILLY: All right. Go ahead, go ahead.

POWELL: You can't have policies that try to make it harder for minorities to vote. I think one of the most terrible things that happened in the past election season is when we had a number of states that were going out of their way, claiming there was outright fraud, when there really wasn't any fraud to be of concern to us.

But we were doing things to - making it more difficult for those people to vote.

O'REILLY: I want to get very micro on this.

POWELL: Well, but you're -

O'REILLY: Voter ID - wait, wait, wait.

POWELL: Go ahead.

O'REILLY: The voter ID, you object to showing an identification card when you vote?

POWELL: No. Of course not.

O'REILLY: Well, that's all the Republican Party wants. That's all they wanted is the voter ID.

POWELL: I object to putting in place additional levels of voter ID that -

O'REILLY: One, show one.

POWELL: - disenfranchise, disenfranchise those of our fellow citizens. I want to see a Republican Party that, rather than trying to make it more difficult to vote and restricting the number of days and hours you can vote, a Republican Party that says we want everybody to vote and we're going to give you a reason to vote for us.

O'REILLY: All right. But I don't - I don't know if asking for an ID is trying to restrict the vote - I mean, I'm sorry. You should be able to prove who you are before you cast a ballot.

POWELL: No, you should be able to prove who you are when you register to vote. And when you make the proper registration and identify yourself, you shouldn't have to go to some higher level which is going to restrict some.

O'REILLY: But surely you know how fraud is committed. I mean Boston, in Chicago, you register and then you show up and it's not you.

POWELL: I have not seen any study that says fraud is a problem of such significance that these kinds of procedures were in place. And I'm glad to see that Governor Scott in Florida has recently said he is turning this back over to his - his local communities to handle.

O'REILLY: All right. I just think showing an ID to vote is the bare minimum.

 

O'Reilly's effort to discuss the topic in "micro" contained multiple inaccuracies and completely ignored the recent and relevant challenge to the Voting Rights Act in Shelby County v. Holder. For example, O'Reilly seems to be under the misimpression that "all the Republican party" wanted this past election cycle was "an identification card when you vote." Powell tried to correct him by noting the new voter ID laws were actually "additional levels" of already-required documentation. As detailed by the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law, it was precisely these redundant and unnecessary "additional levels" of identification which made this initiative pushed by state Republicans so troubling:

 

Currently, every state in America requires voters to prove their identities before receiving a ballot; different states require different levels of proof. Legislators in states across the country are now promoting bills that would require voters to meet more stringent documentation requirements before voting - including presenting photo identification at the polls on Election Day in order to cast a ballot. While the details of the proposals vary, these bills all would deny the right to vote to some or all citizens who are unable to produce a photo ID. Studies show that as many as 11 percent of United States citizens - mostly older, low-income, and minority citizens - do not have government-issued photo IDs.

 

As of last year, ten states have new "unprecedented" voter ID laws. In-person voter fraud of the type O'Reilly describes has been repeatedly shown to be a fabricated problem to justify the "solution" of government-issued photo voter IDs mandated under the recent legislation. State Republicans are beginning to admit these types of laws are purely a prohibited race-based voter suppression tactic, as Powell argued during his O'Reilly Factor appearance. O'Reilly did not mention these documented admissions.

O'Reilly also notably left out the fact that federal review has documented this phenomenon through the "pre-clearance" process under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which forbids jurisdictions with a history of impermissible racial discrimination - such as states in the South - from enacting changes in election practices without approval. As election law expert Professor Rick Hasen recently explained, these are the examples of illegal voter suppression that O'Reilly was searching for:

 

Like many other states with Republican majority legislatures acting over the last few years, South Carolina adopted a tough photo identification law before the 2012 election. The state's Republican legislature likely acted out of the belief that such laws would marginally depress Democratic turnout and help Republicans at the polls. Controversy over voter ID laws also motivates the Republican base to turn out to vote. (What voter ID laws don't do is prevent a lot of real voter fraud, though that's the rationale their supporters cite.)

 

The U.S. Department of Justice blocked South Carolina's voter ID requirement under Section 5. The process sounds technical, but it's important. Nine full states and parts of other states with a history of racial discrimination in voting must get approval from either the Department of Justice or a three-judge court in Washington, D.C. before making any changes in their voting practices and procedures - from changes as small as moving a polling location to as large as enacting a new redistricting plan.

[ ... ]

Voter ID laws have also passed outside the South in recent years, in states such as Indiana and Kansas. Because Section 5 doesn't apply there, no federal law prevents the voter ID requirements from going into effect, though some state courts have blocked them for other reasons. By contrast, because of Section 5, South Carolina's law automatically went on hold until it was softened. Texas, meanwhile, lost a bid to impose an even stricter voter ID requirement enacted in 2011.

 

Because GOP legislation of this sort is not going away, other media outlets are reporting on the clear and important link behind recent voter ID laws and the Voting Rights Act's prohibition of certain voter suppression that discriminates on the basis of race. In the coming weeks before the Supreme Court hears oral arguments on the "pre-clearance" requirements of the Voting Rights Act, hopefully O'Reilly will finish the conversation he started with Powell and include this crucial context.

 

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+92 # MainStreetMentor 2013-02-02 17:36
Are there STILL people, after the proven fiasco of the last national election, who watch and listen ANY television journalist on Faux News ... as being factual, totally truthful and accurate or ... "believable"? Surely, not.
 
 
+52 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-02-03 01:42
This current episode, Bill Maher said, Glenn Beck and Palin were con artists, fired from Fox News. How did Hannity and O'Reilly escape the axe?
 
 
+36 # Jim Rocket 2013-02-03 10:22
Beck and Palin were causing problems for the network. Hannity an O'Reilly do as their told.....happil y it seems.
In their big "Rumble" last year O'Reilly told John Stewart that he didn't like people who said things that weren't true for purely partisan reasons. He's clearly in denial about the purpose of Fox News.
 
 
+14 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-02-03 22:54
Sometime past, about three years ago, Bill Maher said and I quote to the best of my memory, "Sean you really don't believe so many of your preposterous positions that you presume on Fox News......"
Hannity's reply: "it's only television."
Hannity, in my view took the child's ego role to an adult question. His mentality in that situation was to try to strip Maher's question of its integrity.
 
 
+61 # rockieball 2013-02-03 10:39
It is funny how these people don't mind asking "Papers Please," to have to vote. But scream bloody murder when their asked the same thing to buy their guns.
 
 
+9 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-02-04 00:43
When Republicans talk about voter fraud, they heavily imply, state that voter fraud exists. Voter fraud penalties are huge. Who would risk paying a $10,000 fine just to vote illegally? The Republican argument is "stupified" because in order to vote one has to register (forgotten by Republicans-one simply cannot just show up) to vote and with proof that that person is who he or she says he or she is.
 
 
+93 # sisu 2013-02-02 20:12
Foxie News is neither news nor entertainment ... it is pure demagoguery.
 
 
+30 # silenus 2013-02-03 06:07
Nothing is pure about Fox news.
 
 
+34 # wrknight 2013-02-03 07:40
The BS is pure.
 
 
+43 # maverita 2013-02-03 09:12
I like the word propaganda. They know exactly what they are doing and the depend on their audience's inability to think critically. This is one of the reasons that ALEC is testing legislative ways to limit the teaching of critical thinking in our public schools in Texas. They word it along the lines of not teaching anything that goes against their family values... But be aware, it is people who can think critically who see through the Republican lies and are hard to control. Here in Texas the republicans prefer their poor constituent ignorant and impressionable. And it seems to work so far. The only thing that will save Texas any time soon will be demographics, our growing minority populations.
 
 
+3 # Mannstein 2013-02-04 19:59
I like the word Republican Propaganda Ministry.
 
 
+67 # Walter J Smith 2013-02-02 20:41
I seriously doubt any readers of this site have difficulty believing that O'Reilly is one of the major mouthpieces for the party of denial, denial, and more denial. It is a denial culture so thoroughgoing that it cannot imagine there is anything wrong with trying to deny the right to vote to anyone who disagrees with them.

Fortunately for the world, the majority of the nation does no like or approve of this culture, and disapproves of the GOP for insisting upon cultivating the denial with all sorts of innovations and liberalizing of that denial.

Fortunately for rest of us, the most obnoxious of the big electoral spenders will waste much of their ill begotten and irresponsible wealth on their attempts at selling that culture.
 
 
-142 # EPGAH3 2013-02-02 21:54
Some white actor pretended to be Holder--and was just GIVEN Holder's ballot! All this while Holder was saying there was no danger of voter fraud!
If a white guy can pretend to be a black criminal--and be believed--then yes, voter ID IS necessary!
http://townhall.com/columnists/thomassowell/2012/06/01/holders_chutzpah/page/full/
 
 
+34 # hoodwinkednomore 2013-02-03 01:35
And who exactly are you impersonating, EPGAH3?

Other than that, finally Colin Powell, finally...!
 
 
+49 # zornorff 2013-02-03 06:21
To use an anecdote to prove an issue proves the paucity of intelligence of the user. There is no evidence of voter fraud, it just isn't worth it considering the penalties, and the only reason for the whole voter ID business is to make it harder for minorities(who vote Democrat) to cast their entitled ballot.
 
 
+14 # maverita 2013-02-03 09:15
The only reason for the voter fraud you describe was to try to manufacture proof of said voter fraud. Say HuH?
 
 
+25 # SusanT136 2013-02-03 10:26
What a ridiculous "example". Guess what would have happened when the real Eric Holder showed up to vote - the fraud would have been exposed. The Republican fear machine tells you to be afraid that people are voting using dead people's Soc Sec #'s, using names of non-existent people to stuff the ballot box, voting twice etc. None of those things would have been possible under the circumstance you described - pretending to be a real person who had not voted yet. Would there have been a big problem? Yes, because it would be next to impossible to know for sure what vote to invalidate for the "fake" Eric Holder. But this type of fraud is not what the Republicans are telling us to be afraid of - precisely because it is so easily exposed and there have been 0 or perhaps slightly more than 0 cases of it happening. So explain to me once again how this little parlor trick exposes some vast voter fraud conspiracy that is going on undetected?
 
 
+29 # rockieball 2013-02-03 10:35
Well this past election their was a case of voter fraud in Nevada. A woman in Henderson cast her vote and then tried again in Las Vegas. She was caught she was arrested and she has been charged. Oh by the way she was trying to vote twice for Romney.
 
 
+6 # noitall 2013-02-03 14:09
Quoting EPGAH3:
Some white actor pretended to be Holder--and was just GIVEN Holder's ballot! All this while Holder was saying there was no danger of voter fraud!
If a white guy can pretend to be a black criminal--and be believed--then yes, voter ID IS necessary!
http://townhall.com/columnists/thomassowell/2012/06/01/holders_chutzpah/page/full/

If the "white actor" had been a black actor, he would have been more scrutinized and our "democracy" would be safe; those manning the voting booth would have checked him thoroughly. You make our point.
 
 
+7 # unitedwestand 2013-02-03 17:22
Voter fraud is improbable it is laughable that Fox and other idiots have convince their viewers that it can happen at such a large scale to affect ANY election. One would have to believe that I care about any candidate or issue to go vote when I'm really not allowed to, and take the risk of going to jail, huge fine. And if I were illegal, why would I want to vote and get discovered & or go to jail? Then in order to affect an election, I would have to convince thousands and thousands to take the same risk? CRAZY!

Now suppression of votes and flipping of votes is a different matter, and so far we only know of one party that has been doing that and who has owned the machines that count the votes and that is the Republican party, with the help of all their un-Democratic, American people hating friends.
 
 
-2 # Aaron Tovish 2013-02-04 04:47
Sometimes it helps to actually read the supposed reference. Here it is the relevant section in full:
"Despite Holder's claim, a little experiment in his own home voting district showed how easy it is to commit voter fraud. An actor -- a white actor, at that -- went to a voting place where Eric Holder is registered to vote, and told them that he was Eric Holder.
"The actor had no identification at all with him, either with or without a photo. He told the voting official that he had forgotten and left his identification in his car. Instead of telling him to go back to the car and get some identification, the official said that that was all right, and offered him the ballot. (TO BE CONTINUED in part II of this 'long' comment.)
 
 
0 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-02-04 15:43
O'Reilly (tried) to do Powell. You know, like "Debbie does Dallas." O'Reilly got screwed.
 
 
+68 # tm7devils 2013-02-02 23:52
I guess I just don't get it...
When I registered to vote I had to prove who I was, that I had a legal address and that I was a citizen.
When this was verified, I was sent a card stating that I was a registered voter. Now, why should I need to show anything else when I vote? My name is on the voting list at my polling place and I have a card that matches that name and other pertinent info...what the f**k is the problem?
Even if my wallet was stolen, does anyone with an IQ over 90 think that the perp is going to save my voter card until the next election and go to my polling place and VOTE? And if I sign up for a write-in ballot, I don't even need my card - even if I don't mail it in and decide to drop it off at my polling place.
Voter fraud my ass, it's the Secs. Of State and Governors who are creating a fraud on the voting public.
I will never forget 2000 and the treason of five members of the Supreme Court.
 
 
+25 # brux 2013-02-03 00:11
>> I want to see a Republican Party that, rather than trying to make it more difficult to vote and restricting the number of days and hours you can vote, a Republican Party that says we want everybody to vote and we're going to give you a reason to vote for us.

Powell is such a fool, there is not and can never be such a reason - because the Republican party is a party of an aggressively dominating elite, and they can only exist when the people are beat down and kept in the dark and lied to.
 
 
+10 # Art947 2013-02-03 16:33
There was a time when the Republican Party was a party of progressive ideas. It included men such as Theodore Roosevelt (conservation), Rockefeller (public works; a great university); Javits (support of democratic ideals) and many more. It is only since the time of Nixon that the party has morphed into one that even Colin Powell can't accept.

A return to the Republican Party of old might permit America to grow and really become the beacon to the world that it has the potential to be.
 
 
+4 # NAVYVET 2013-02-04 18:46
PLEASE! Don't be naive. The real enlightened Republicans were the actual Progressives, nonviolent socialists led by political heroes like the LaFollette brothers, and the fine PROGRESSIVE Magazine is their heritage. Teddy Roosevelt was often not as liberal domestically as his predecessor, Taft, whom he betrayed, and he was an imperialist warmonger. If you refer to John D. Rockefeller, he was NEVER anything but a self-service oil baron! Read the classic by Ida Mae Tarbell, HISTORY OF STANDARD OIL IN AMERICA. I first read it at age 10 when my father (a LaFollette Progressive) gave me his tattered, much-read copy. Let's never forget that the GOP has been a Greedy Oil Party for over a hundred years. New, often uneducated, oil barons in the South and West helped the Dixiecrat Dems become a lot eviller, too. Combine oil with Wall St and we can explain the decline of democracy in the U.S,
 
 
+5 # medusa 2013-02-04 11:01
Why is Colin Powell insulted for saying something that is true and to the point?
 
 
+2 # SOF 2013-02-04 23:33
Powell's stated desire is in line with what we used to expect. Acting as representatives of the People, the parties and their candidates debate solutions to the problems which have been investigated and reported by a Free Press. The party with the best ideas and solutions wins the People and their vote. Powell is not such a fool; maybe even honorable as old fashioned military men were. We are fools for letting our Free Press sell out to money and to become an accomplice to intentional confusion and propaganda. We're fools that forgot what made us free and revolutionary. Fools for allowing wealth to control politics, and politics to become a competitive sport for the new american aristocracy.
 
 
+50 # DrEvel1 2013-02-03 00:32
Here in California where I live, voter identity is confirmed by a signature in the voting roll. They give you the book to sign, and then the officials there look at your signature in comparison to the other versions of your signature that they have. Presumably if your signature was vastly different from the samples they have, someone would raise an objection. In all my years voting here, I've never seen such an objection raised. There are poll watchers from both parties present; even in the overwhelmingly Democratic precinct where I live, there's a nice Republican sitting there with the nice Democrat looking at signatures (I happen to be a registered Libertarian, but both poll watchers have always been nice.) This seems to me to be a thoroughly reasonable level of identity scrutiny; I would doubt that a goodly number of the older Latino and Asian voters with whom I stood in line at the last election could pop up a photo id, but they had obviously gone well out of their way to cast ballots because they thought it was the right thing to do.

Voter fraud doesn't happen at the individual level; no one goes out and recruits old Asian women to stand in long voter lines. What voter fraud there is is usually implemented at the level of voter registrations, such as were being organized by several Republican groups in Florida and (I believe) South Carolina before the last election. Photo ID laws for voters are nothing but harassment mechanisms, and deserve to be labeled as such.
 
 
+10 # Art947 2013-02-03 16:35
This same procedure is used effectively in NY as well. In fact, the poll watchers tend to be the same people each election and they get to know the voters as well. I am quite sure that in small town America, this is not a real problem either!
 
 
+1 # Cassandra2012 2013-02-05 11:40
And even in Chicago too.
 
 
+42 # ishmael 2013-02-03 00:54
Some on the right still refuse to acknowledge the rampant fraud that permitted Bush II to usurp the US presidency in 2000.
And these people feel they are "victims" of "vote fraud".

If they listen to faux they are clearly exposing themselves to "information fraud".
 
 
+11 # Norma 2013-02-03 01:14
Has anyone considered that with these new laws we made alot more people go out and finally give in to getting the new bio-metric I.D.?
I have worked my Precinct for 30 years and we know every single person. Now even I have to show my I.D. to the Judge to get a ballot!
 
 
+21 # ishmael 2013-02-03 01:21
Powell : O'Reilly :: parent : bratty little child
 
 
+26 # X Dane 2013-02-03 01:29
I would hope that some good people can help some of the poor who need picture ID before the next election, so all can vote.O Reilly is nothing but a bullying demagog with a total lack of manners
 
 
+11 # goodsensecynic 2013-02-03 07:44
O'Reilly is a "bullying demagog"? Who knew?

I thought he was a clever actor who'd worked up a bullying demagogic "character" that he played on television to the delight of right-wing dolts and to the dismay of left-wing dolts - both of whom took him and his "faux" network seriously.

Now that I have been given another perspective, I am glad of only one thing. At least he (or the character he plays) displays "a total lack of manners." If we ever got a suave, charming and well-mannered bullying demagog, THAT would be scary!
 
 
+8 # maverita 2013-02-03 09:17
But who will help the elderly?
 
 
+3 # SOF 2013-02-05 00:10
Start now. Allow folks to register at their post office (if it hasn't been closed) Organize buses and caravans to state Capitol if necessary. Those who lost IDs in floods, fires, gov. failure or loss, should be given right to prove thru other means. Even felons should vote! Here, one marijuana seed -yours or not or planted -gets you a felony! Show citizenship, register, get a voter card, match signatures. Springing new ID rules just before the election, made it (intentionally) worse and pissed off the people. Citizens fight back! Reject intimidation. Get reasonable voting times and opportunity. Tighten poll places to prevent hacking and ID scammers.
 
 
+5 # Art947 2013-02-03 16:36
Maybe someone should check O'Reilly's birth certificate -- and the immigration papers of his ancestors!
 
 
+27 # openlyblack 2013-02-03 02:04
Bill O'Reilly's racially tinged apocalyptic vision of America is not something that can be debated or discussed. It is not a function of an evidence based reality ... it is a function of distorted beliefs and unfounded fears.
 
 
+5 # goodsensecynic 2013-02-03 09:00
I agree that his vision cannot be debated "rationally." Since, however, rationality is not available in great supply and is virtually absent from the mass media, what are we to do?
 
 
+30 # Ukaisofu 2013-02-03 02:27
O'Reilly is smug and arrogant and biased to the point of stupidity. He is always on the wrong side of everything as is Fox fake news. At one time I did not like Colin Powell because I thought he let his people down by joining the country club, but after Rumsfeld gave him the white man snub he realized his place in life. He is now courageous and like Michael Steel a fair black GOPer which is a dying breed.
 
 
+11 # goodsensecynic 2013-02-03 09:09
I still don't like either of them much. The notion of a "fair black Republican" hasn't made much sense since Abe Lincoln was president (or at least since Richard Nixon got wind of a "southern strategy").

It's not that I object so much to the possibility of a moderating black presence in the GOP, or the reassertion of a white liberal presence for that matter.

I would, however, be more interested in a presence (black, white or polka dot) that would lead the Democrats back to their roots among minorities, working people and now embracing environmentalis ts, feminists and the broad range of progressive needed to rescue America from itself.

Mr. Obama's inaugural address was OK, but we've heard that sort of thing before ... without pertinent consequences. Constant pressure on the Democrats is currently more important than the arrival of some Republicans with a smidgen of integrity, an IQ over 80 and a hint of compassion and civility.
 
 
+26 # Mrcead 2013-02-03 06:08
O'Reilly sums up exactly what is wrong with America - a narrow minded perception of reality. He feels that an ID is so matter-of-fact that anyone who does not have one MUST be deficient in some way and or MUST have something to hide. His reasoning style is too black and white. He really does not understand (or refuses to understand) the real world social context. He only cares for his idealistic views which could never be satiated as is the nature of idealism. Everyone not in the loop must either get with the program or perish. He would have made an excellent Royal Commodore during the expansion of the British Empire with that level of narrow minded thinking.

However, I truly believe that he feels anyone who isn't "up to standards" should not be allowed to vote. This was the sentiment anyway regarding students and minorities during the last election.

I am just about tired of these code-word laden political discussions. If Republicans truly believed in their cause, they would never need to add a layer of deceit in order to further them.
 
 
+27 # linklaw 2013-02-03 07:15
So "some white actor pretended to be Holder and was just given Holder's ballot"? Was he arrested and prosecuted for voter fraud? He should have been prosecuted, jailed and had his story told on every news station and the front page of every newspaper in the country. If there truly is a problem with voters impersonating others (which studies show there is not), a couple prosecutions of people like the referenced actor would solve any problem without imposing an undue burden on those trying to exercise their right to vote. On the other hand, if your goal is voter suppression, you set up stunts like someone impersonating Holder and publicize how easy it was for the actor to get away with it. In Pennsylvania the speaker of the House announced at a public meeting that the voter ID law was passed to allow Mitt Romney to win the state. You can't get more blatant and arrogant than that!
 
 
+6 # Cabell 2013-02-03 07:45
Whether it is racially motivated, or politically motivated [and is there a difference?] voter suppression is STILL going on.
See our video here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXBA59pTBh8

or go to godot at rsn where A DEADLY WRONG is posted.
 
 
+23 # wrknight 2013-02-03 07:55
The claim of massive voter fraud in this country is another Republican red herring tossed out as a smoke screen to cover their effort to suppress voting. The worst voting fraud in the U.S. is conducted by state politicians who place restrictions on the voting rights of citizens.

The other red herring Republicans toss out is their concern for the debt which is never a Republican concern when they are in office. Witness the deficit spending by Reagan, Bush and Bush.

Unfortunately, the Republican party has turned into the party of lies.
 
 
+12 # goodsensecynic 2013-02-03 09:12
There are others. For example, I've heard it said that American economic woes are the result of welfare cheats and not corporate welfare bums (not to mention blatant Wall Street fraudsters who continue to take home multi-million dollar bonuses, while having one of their own head up the Treasury Department.
 
 
+23 # Susan1989 2013-02-03 08:35
We don't need to worry. Republicans continue to shoot themselves in the foot...they just can't stop themselves...an d will be devastated in the next election. They are promoters of hate and division...and this is very apparent to the American people.
 
 
+7 # goodsensecynic 2013-02-03 09:09
Hope springs eternal!
 
 
+18 # Aygen 2013-02-03 09:03
February 3
I am amazed as to why a brilliant man like Colin Powell would accept to be interviewed by O'Reilly on Fox News. What a waste of time. O'reilly is a bigoted, racist, hypocritical right wing radical Republican. A Tea Party man. It is demeaning for any intelligent, educated person to appear on his program.
Aygen
Istanbul, Turkey
 
 
+2 # tonenotvolume 2013-02-04 22:53
Oh I think Powell achieved his purpose by showing, with dignity, who O'Reilly is; a breed glued to a shrinking segment of the U.S. population. Hopefully Gen. Powell hastened their demise.
 
 
+9 # garliccrabs 2013-02-03 09:57
I was so MAD with bill O'reilly !I watched this,> the factor o'reilly wouldn't let gen. powell get a word in edgewise.he kept interupting the general, putting words into his mouth, cutting him off in the middle of a sentence. JUST PLAIN RUDE TO THE GENERAL !I email O'reilly & told him so he SHOULD have the general back & let him >TALK ! I was part of this voter suppression Mr. Powell was " TRYING" TO TELL BILL our skeltor gov. rick scott (who we tried hard to recalled in march 2011.but it's not in our fla.constituion like wisconsin constitution & while gov scott walker survived the recall at least they could recall his behind ! I FILED A COMPLAINT Ethic against gov. scott 12/7/2012.& filed an ETHIC complaint against miami-dade county mayor carlos Gimenez ( R)who was not looking out for the well-being of all it's citizens in this voting debacle he should have ask the gov. for more time, even if the gov. would have said > NO! my AB could have been brought to the poll & put in the black box (a little voting loophole NOBODY KNEW ABOUT !) & I went on WMBM 1490 AM. ON THAT FRIDAY WITH bishop curry & HE CALLED THE ELECTION DEPT. & MS. TOWNSLEY (SUPERVISOR OF ELECTION FOR MIA-DADE COUNTY) TOLD US IT WAS TRUE !.under the civil right I am filing a u.s.southern district complaint, ( just waiting for mia-dade response from my complaint against the mayor Gimenez.) general COLIN POWELL WAS RIGHT ON TARGET !.chairwomen concerned citizens committee, inc. liberty city. miami,fla.
 
 
+16 # wwway 2013-02-03 11:16
And Dennis Kucinich is working for FOX now?
Is it true that the lastest Neilson TV poll shows a drop in FOX news viewership? I hope that's true.
Lying steals a persons right to deal with the truth. One can't make good decisions with bad information! FOX is a pathalogical lying machine that has led viewers down a destructive path.
 
 
+3 # wwway 2013-02-03 11:18
The last Republican I listened to with respect was Kevin Phillips. Even he is disgusted with the party he helped to build.
 
 
+9 # reiverpacific 2013-02-03 11:29
It's a wonder thast "Pill" O'Reilly didn't tell Powell to "Shut up" when he showed the power of reason.
That's his idea of "Getting micro", innit?!
Why Powell is still a Rethug' beats me.
 
 
+10 # Todd Williams 2013-02-03 11:30
Powell just wasted his time talking with O'Reilly. That old, burned out white dude doesn't know facts. He just wants people of color to quit voting. I bet he's still in favor of "colored only" facilities. He's not worth my time to watch. I'd rather see reruns of Jersey Shore! Snooki is way more entertaining and probably smarter than Billo!
 
 
+9 # K1MJS 2013-02-03 13:45
It is important not to take O'Reilly as anything approaching a journalist. Far from it. O'Reilly (like Limbaugh) is in the entertainment business. They are just interested in ratings and revenue. The more outrageous he is, frightening the right-wing with all sorts of conspiracy delusions, the higher his ratings will be and the more money he can make. I have no idea why any self-respecting human being would appear on O'Reilly's program. What is one step worse is actually watching the O'Reilly Show. He adds nothing to the discussion, except maybe venom.
 
 
+5 # David Starr 2013-02-03 13:54
I find a conflict of interest with Colin Powell's statements. He opposes voting supression, yet he still aligns himself with the GOP, which has, especially now, shown its "true colors." And he's thus, still a damn fool. Has he forgotten his falsified presentation to the UN showing "proof" of an Iraqi military "threat" to the U.S. and the world; but knowing, or suspecting, it was B/S?

Powell is pitiful, a "running dog" for the GOP.
 
 
+7 # Quickmatch 2013-02-03 16:10
I, of what the Right today calls far left, of the political position R Reagan would have called moderate, do not resist voter ID. I have no problem with being required to present a valid state voter ID, photo or not, to vote. Whatever the current law says is OK by me.
What I object to is the state changing horses on the current rules and being unprepared to give ALL voters access to compliance with the rules in time to vote. The state legislature that switches from a simple ID to a photo ID, or from any form to any other form, a week, month, possibly a year in some backward states, before the election is absolutely restricting voter’s ability to access the polls.
Voting is supposedly (listening to the Right) the second most important right of Americans, second only to the Second Amendment. States should be assisting citizens to vote, not blocking their attempts to vote.
Strange how the Right screams against gun regulations when guns kill 30,000 a year in the US, then turn around and scream for regulations when there are 10 cases of voter impersonation fraud (the only type that photo ID addresses) in 12 years.
Maybe a bit of hypocrisy here. Or might we call it fraud AGAINST the voter?
 
 
+2 # Vardoz 2013-02-03 16:16
It's payback for having his reputatuion ruined by Bush and Chaney's lies.
 
 
+2 # BKnowswhitt 2013-02-03 18:47
Racism plain and simple in your face in the redneck run southern and midwest states - ohio indiana and parts of PA .. simple as that this is about race .. and a black populist president .. it's right in your faces .. how the people voted to get 'stuff' from the socialist democrats .. f'em all they are terrible losers .. look at this week .. they're holding conferences to try to talk properly to win over hispanics ... the party of all white .. trying to make it so right ..for them .. and i'm a white guy ..
 
 
+2 # Aaron Tovish 2013-02-04 04:48
Part II (CONTINUED)
"The actor had the good sense not to actually take the ballot, which would have made him guilty of voter fraud -- and, being white, he would undoubtedly have been prosecuted by Eric Holder's Department of Justice.
"But the actor had made his point. When a white man with no identification can go to a voting site, impersonate a black man who lives in that district, and get his ballot offered to him, then it is far too easy to commit voter fraud."
From this it is clear that this was NOT a case of voter fraud (despite the writers assertion). It is a case of an official failing to enforce voting laws. The official should have the book thrown at him -- whether he is black or white! Even if there HAD been a photo ID requirement, this official would have been violating the law by not asking for it. So what exactly does this prove? Certainly not anything Fox New is interested in.
 
 
+4 # America 2013-02-04 06:21
This not complicated:
(1) Fox News mission is to spread propaganda to support the Republican Party using any possible technique including bullyism. Essentially it is an arm of the party to aggressively support and promulgate its un-democratic agenda.
(2) Bill & Sean get paid big bucks to support that. They maintain their jobs because they fit the job description and internally have no integrity
(3) Who are the people that watch FOX? - (A) the extreme right wingers, people who lack integrity, racists etc. AND (B) some of us occasionally more through curiosity just to see what the other side is saying, planning etc. The group (A) conforms to the theory "birds of a feather flock together"

Anyone therefore can see that their influence is bolstered only within their own domain and their message of hatred etc. is not winning over the rest of the population. The GOP's loss of the last election is a year when there is a bad economy and many more problems speaks volumes for their further decline.

Hopefully we will dig ourselves out of this rut and the GOP's will become irrelevant along with FOX NEWS.

So we should not be surprised by arrogant, bullying, talk over people being interviewed, shout at people who do not agree with his vicious ranting, ill-mannered, racist actions of Billy O'Reilly.

Don't stress out over this guy. He too will become irrelevant and bite the dust eventually.
 
 
+3 # bmiluski 2013-02-04 12:10
Why can't our voter registration cards look more like our driver's license? Picture, description, address and registration #. Then when you showed up at your voting place there would be no question.
 
 
-2 # Martintfre 2013-02-04 15:20
//POWELL: No, you should be able to prove who you are when you register to vote. And when you make the proper registration and identify yourself, ...//

I have done thousands of door knocks on doors of registered voters - at least that is what the current voter database displayed to me.

Problem is when I was withen a mile or so of the major university and knocking on apartment complex doors - the approved voter list was almost totally usles becasue people registered to vote legally and property inthose places typically are students. Then they graduated and moved - or they moved to a different location so more often then not the names and addresses showed valid resisted voters who simply did not exist at the claimed residence.

With out valid current photo ID any one could data mine that voter database and vote many times and there would be zero proof of fraud.
 
 
+2 # America 2013-02-05 07:18
USA the most powerful country in the world needs to modernize its voter registration system. In doing so the fraud & voter suppression is practically eliminated.
We get into heated emotional debate sometimes before we review the facts.

Question:
What do Burundi, Belize, Bahamas, Mexico and USA have in common?
Answer:(FACT)
Only countries that rely on individuals to register to vote.
All other countries take the responsibility and initiative to register voters by different means.
FACT: In a few countries it is mandatory to vote. You have no choice your are required to vote.
In our democracy voting is not mandatory and we all agree with that.
FACT: Recent figures: Canada 93% of the population is registered, US 68%. France - 84% of registered voters vote, in the USA less than 50%

So we all agree it makes sense to fix the system. Let's drop the word reform. It conjures up a long miserable process which generally goes nowhere.

That fix should start today. No need for 'paralysis by analysis' like everything else 'gun control reform' 'immigration reform'.

As a technology professional I say we have the technology now that we did not have 20 years ago to do it. We can create and link large databases of information that can be shared, sorted, verified, validated and secured.

let's start here: (a) responsibility federal (b) implementation state level (c) automatic registration of all citizens, purge deceased etc.(d) more..
Thoughts please .. Thanks
 
 
0 # eadg 2013-02-08 09:08
Vote?! You crack me up! That's hilarious. I just peed myself with laughter. If O'Riledup wasn't so ascerbic, he could do stand-up with his 'beliefs'!
 

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