George R.R. Martin, the man behind Game of Thrones and the sole reminder that LiveJournal still exists, has kicked up quite a fuss over the recent attempts at voter purging in a number of Republican majority and battleground states.
"It is one thing to attempt to win elections. But trying to do so by denying the most basic and important right of any American citizen to hundreds and thousands of people, on entirely spurious grounds ... that goes beyond reprehensible. That is despicable."
What Martin is referring to are the recent attempts at reducing voter fraud, some requiring state registered IDs, others preventing early voting, and, in some cases, blocking voters entirely. The backlash regarding this issue shows instances where reducing non-citizen voting is, in effect, reducing and discouraging the voting of many other, legal minority groups in the process. The debate is over whether that was the intention and whether these attempts are legal.
"The people behind these efforts at disenfranchising large groups of voters (the young, the old, the black, the brown) are not Republicans, since clearly they have scant regard for our republic or its values," wrote Martin. "They are oligarchs and racists clad in the skins of dead elephants."
Martin, while open about his Democratic leanings, doesn't often post his political thoughts and confesses that he tries to keep those feelings out of his fiction, too.
It's not surprising, with the coming presidential election, that Martin would choose now to take a stance. After all, being a well-respected author whose best-known work has become a hit TV show can have its purposes. The question is, will his strongly worded message have the desired response, or will he only alienate his more conservative readers?
(via Huffington Post)