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Easier voting only a half-measure

Gov. Inslee wants voting made easier, lamenting Washington democracy was endangered in 2016 by a million registered voters not voting (“Taking a hard look at voter participation,” Jan. 6). Nothing wrong with this affable, congenial man’s suggestions, as far as they went. Would’ve been nice if he’d also supported automatic voting rights restoration for ex-offenders as well as bans on voting-roll deletions without proof of death or indisputable proof of out-of-state re-location.

Would’ve been even nicer acknowledging many, if not most, who abstained in 2016 eschewed voting over repulsion at choices of corporate-puppet candidates the major parties offered.

Inslee needs only to look into mirrors for one culprit behind that revulsion — expressing contempt for the will of 72.7 percent of Democratic caucus-goers supporting Sen. Sanders, Inslee embraced lawfully-corrupt DNC strategies of so-called superdelegates and, in other states, rigged primaries and caucuses supporting the subsequently failed candidacy of Wall Street/Monsanto minion Hillary Clinton.

Claiming democracy’s ills are curable mainly by making voting easier is like a grocery chain’s leadership insisting profits would mushroom if only customers could more easily purchase fecal-contaminated produce.

If Democratic Partyers expect to overcome the hyper-capitalist-influenced tone-deafness which led to the Trump national embarrassment, members must expose and unseat corporate shill lackeys in their midst.

Rob Ethington



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