Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Voter Fraud and Witchcraft


The Dallas Morning News' Trail Blazers political blog  reports that Texas Attorney General and presumed gubernatorial frontrunner Greg Abbott has taken to the venue of online superstition - by the light of the online Moon, as it were - which calls itself The Washington Times :
Electoral fraud harms voters of all races, and voter ID is a simple, nondiscriminatory way to help stop it. Getting an ID is free of charge for any Texan who needs one. Voter-ID laws already have been upheld by the Supreme Court. Crying “voter suppression” is nothing but a cynical scare tactic designed to mobilize Democratic partisans, none of whom ever will be prevented from voting by these laws. The administration’s absurd claim that this common-sense fraud prevention device is actually a racist plot to prevent minorities from voting would be comical if it weren’t so depressing to see an American president stoop to that level.
Right.  And witchcraft harms people of all races too.  But where's the empirical threat?  What is that voodoo that they do?  Perhaps weaving a magical virtual digital web with its inconvenient documentation of voter suppression and racial discrimination by the Texas Republican Party.
The Constitution makes elections the states’ business, not the federal government’s.
Then perhaps we can travel through time and take that argument to the Johnson administration. That is, the Lyndon Johnson administration, when it comes to the Voting Rights Act, and the Andrew Johnson administration when it comes to the Fourteenth  Amendment (equal protection) and the Fifteenth Amendment (equal right to vote, or as Justice Scalia would say, "racial entitlement."). And there is the matter of the Twenty-Fourth Amendment (poll tax ban, sorry Maggie.)

Ah, but that's what happens when you treat the voting booth as a dunking booth.

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