The Great Suppression: Voting Rights, Corporate Cash, and the Conservative Assault on Democracy by Zachary Roth (5 out of 5)
Just because I try not to engage in political debates on any forum, does not mean that I do not have an opinion, an interest in, or an inclination to educate myself about what led us to this unpaved road in politics. I simply keep my thoughts to myself on my political affiliation, because I have no desire to get into a salami-pulling screamfest with some of the guttersnipes wandering the social media highway in this election year. We got this book in last week. After sending a tweet to Roth (who is the brother of one of my favorite Twitter personalities and author Gabriel Roth) and telling him we had the book, I settled in to reading it. This book is ridiculously important in an election year like this. The area I work in? Diehard conservatives. I am not sure how many we will sell, but you can bet the instant someone starts discussing Trump’s bully politics and the election process, I am going to put this book in their hands. Roth, a MSNBC reporter, knows his shit. This reads like an objective viewpoint on voters rights, right-wing tactical maneuvers of the GOP, and underhanded dirty tricks that have led to states to restrict early voting and setting in place voter ID laws that rigged the game. Anyone who has the right to vote should read this book. The troubling consensus that Roth brings to the table is that the conservatives have pulled every trick in the book to undermine a fair, democratic process. Really, one needs not look any farther than the nomination of self-propelled important egoist Donald Trump, a man with NO political background. How did the political process get so fucked up that many feel we will never get it back? What Roth has done here is give a scathing, passionate, extensive, and riveting account of everything from campaign finance to the overturning of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 2013, to gerrymandering Congress, and the roles of corporations in this ugly scene. Scared now? Read what these search motherfuckers have been up to, and fear hard-for our future. But do yourselves and all others who give a crap about what is going down in this country a favor. READ THIS BOOK!