“Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin lists his mood as “mad.” Although the famed writer and creator of the enormously popular HBO series explores the backstabbing rhetoric and clashes in the quest for political power in his fictional books, he considers recent political developments that took place in real life to be “despicable.”
In the latest entry for his blog, called “Show Us Your Papers,” Martin takes great offense to recent moves in swing states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Iowa that make voting more difficult for certain sectors of the public, telling fans how “disgusted” he is with the politicians behind the changes.
“I would be remiss if I do not at least make passing mention of how depressed, disgusted, and, yes, angry I’ve become as I watch the ongoing attempts at voter suppression in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Iowa, and other states where Republicans and their Teabagger allies control key seats of power,” he writes. He then adds, “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.”
Martin then compared the new rules of the voting process to living in a police state.
“And don’t tell me they are libertarians either,” he states. “No true libertarians would ever support a culture where citizens must “show their papers” to vote or travel. That’s a hallmark of a police state, not a free country.”