Thursday, April 09, 2009

Oh, Texas

A Texas lawmaker is under fire for saying that Asian Americans “would make it a lot easier for [themselves] and the people who are poll workers if [they] could adopt a name just for identification purposes that’s easier for Americans to deal with?”

Of course, what's being ignored is the fact that this statement came up during a debate on a law that would require all voters to present a state-issued, photo ID along with the voter registration cards every time they go to vote. In our post-1964 CRA nation, in most states only the VRC is required at time of voting. I mean, one could bitch all day long about the obvious ethnocentrism in her remarks, but that's missing the larger point.

This bill is backed by the Texas GOP, surprise surprise, in a not-so-veiled attempt to guarantee widespread disfranchisement of immigrants, minorities, and women in a state with one of the largest growing non-cracker populations in the US.

I'm exhausted with the fact that the Republican Party obviously has not learned from its past missteps. Guys, it's really boring to be dredging up the same old hate. Can you PLEASE do something to surprise us? Then maybe you'll stop being laughingstocks of the planet.

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