Tuesday, July 10, 2012

How Much More Perverted Can The Commonwealth Of Pennsylvania Get?

The Keystone State is out as a motto for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  A suitable replacement would be the Perverted State given the serial raping of the state's young and vulnerable at the hands of members of supposedly hallowed institutions who believe themselves to be above the law, as well as the environment and now lawfully registered voters.

A confluence of events make this so. 
Monsignor William Lynn has become the first Roman Catholic Church official to go to prison for his central role in covering up the abuses of pedophile priests in the Philadelphia Archdiocese with, of course, the tacit approval of the Vatican, which it can be said without exaggeration has become the largest criminal enterprise on Earth. 
Jerry Sandusky, a former defensive coordinator at Penn State University, faces major prison time for cherry picking boys from a charity he ran and then sexually victimizing them, in some cases with the knowledge of his wife.  This too was covered up at the highest levels of the university's administration with the encouragement of legendary head football coach Joe Paterno, for whom protecting his beloved Nittany Lions football program was more important than protective vulnerable boys.  Did I mention that Paterno was a Roman Catholic?  As are Sandusky and Corbett?

How ironic if Lynn and the Sandusky ended up in the same wing of a state prison.  That wing could be named the Tom Corbett Wing For Perversion and Cover Ups, which also would be fitting because while attorney general, Corbett failed to act expeditiously once he learned of Sandusky's vile acts and the university's cover up, and as governor has made sure that nothing stands in the way of energy interests that are extracting shale oil wherever they damned well please through a method known as fracking. 
In fact, one of Corbett's first acts as governor was to pay back those interests, which underwrote his gubernatorial campaign, by rolling back environmental regulations to so great an extent that fracking, which leaves a toxic legacy when the last drops of shale oil are extracted, is now permitted in the commonwealth's precious state forests.

This brings us to Corbett's latest perverted act as titular head of the Pennsylvania Republican Party: A campaign to disenfranchise as many as 800,000 registered voters, or about 9 percent of the statewide total, simply because they lack photo IDs such as driver's licenses.  To no one's surprise, many of the about-to-be-disenfranchised are minorities who live in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and other cities without whom President Obama -- who handily won the state in 2008 -- might have a difficult time defeating presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney.

The scheme is not even a secret.  Last month, Mike Turzai, majority leader of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, addressed a meeting of the Republican State Committee where he ticked off a list of the "accomplishments" of the GOP-controlled House and triumphantly noted the new voter ID law, "which is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania," something he otherwise would have a helluva hard time doing because of the party's ever-shrinking base.

If all of this was not perverted enough, the Corbett administration, while cutting back on public education to the tune of millions of dollars, has signed a $249,660 contract with a company run by a Romney fundraiser to produce so-called public service television ads touting the voter ID law.  As if things couldn't get more perverted, the ads include images of civil rights marchers, including suffragettes, and the tagline: "Your right to vote: it's one thing you never want to miss out on.”  

The ads have now been pulled because of protests, but the disenfranchisement drum beats ever louder even though instances of voter fraud are virtually non existent.

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