January 22, 2007

Phil King, a rabbi and a priest are in an accident...

Stop me if you've heard this one before.

A rabbi and a priest get into a car accident and it's a bad one. Both cars are totally demolished, but amazingly, neither are hurt. They crawl out of their cars and the rabbi sees the priest's collar and says, "So you're a priest. I'm a rabbi. Just look at our cars. There's nothing left but we are unhurt. This must be a sign from God. God must have meant that we should meet and be friends and live together in peace the rest of our days." And the priest said, "I agree with you completely. This must be a sign from God."

And the rabbi said, "and look at this. Here's another miracle. My car is completely demolished but this bottle of Mogen David wine didn't break, surely God wants us to drink this wine and celebrate our good fortune. And so he handed the bottle to the priest. The priest said he agreed, took a few big swigs, and handed the bottle back to the rabbi. The rabbi took the bottle, didn't drink at all, put the cap on, and handed it back to the priest. The priest asked, "aren't you going to have any?" And the rabbi replied, "No . . . I think I'll just wait for the police."

What exactly does this have to do with Phil King? Not a damn thing, I just thought the joke was kinda funny unlike Phil King's bill to keep the poor from voting. Of course, much as the joke has nothing to do with King, his bill has nothing to do with 'protecting the integrity of the vote'. Do I think Rep. King is a racist? No. I think he's playing politics with one of the fundamental rights guaranteed to every American citizen, the right to vote. You see, poor folks are going to have a problem with his voter ID law. Even if they do have picture ID, they may not want to present it out of fear their names will be taken down and people will be able to see how they voted. So, this bill which is supposed to assure the integrity of the vote is really just a way to keep what Rep. King hopes will be mostly Democratic voters out of the polls.

Just about now is when the law of unintended consequences comes up, and it's a bitch for Rep. King. More and more, poor people have associated themselves with Republicans because of religious/'values' issues. That association is what has really propelled the GOP into power here in Texas. Seriously, how else can you explain people living in a single wide in Nacogdoches that still have a W04 sign up in their yard. These are NASCAR folks and they love them some President Bush. They don't know what's going on unless there was a article about it in US (they think People is kinda snooty).

While this will depress minority turnout for Democrats, I think it will hurt Republicans a hell of a lot more. All it takes is someone spreading a rumor in a mostly poor white area that the cops will be at the polls checking ID's. Trust me, that will result in two very bored blue hairs working the poll that day and a loss for Republicans.

While I'd love to get worked up about this, I just can't. Even if the Republicans are stupid enough to pass it there will be a court challenge almost immediately which will more than likely result in the law being overturned, especially since the real world evidence of massive voter fraud (one of the rationales for this program) just isn't there. Essentially this is a poll tax, nothing more. You can't do that here in the US, but I guess Rep. King didn't realize that when he shit this turd out of his ass.

Now, Rep. King, why not do some real work... like mandate that the counties have to create a voter verified paper trail along with a paper record of votes on each machine in time for the 2008 election. Time's a wastin' and that's a hell of a lot more important than making sure an 80 year old registered voter isn't an illegal alien.

Posted by mcblogger at January 22, 2007 01:05 PM

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I have Pakistani friends who have told me that this voter ID thing would be a real problem for their community. They already fear being put on watch lists and many of them won't pay a contribution to a political campaign for fear of being targeted by the federal government - or contribute to their mosque or Pakistani organizations for fear of retribution. They don't want their identification out there on record anywhere. So, showing full ID at the poll would keep them away.

There is a similar issue in the Chinese community. If they are first generation immigrants, they are used to showing ID and having to vote a certain way (or else). They need the voting process here to be as private and individual as possible, in order to trust in our democratic elections.

Posted by: muse [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 22, 2007 05:15 PM

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