It is fitting that a federal judge chose this week to uphold the power of Arizona and Kansas to require proof of citizenship in order to vote.
This was the week in 1965 when 25,000 marchers led by Martin Luther King Jr. reached Montgomery from Selma, Ala., a landmark in the long, bloody struggle for equal voting rights.
Who says the clock can't be turned back?
My favorite quote came from Arizona Attorney General Tom Horney: “This decision is an important victory against the Obama administration because it ensures that only U.S. citizens, and not illegals, vote in Arizona elections.”
Ah! Now I understand! The reason a bunch of ignorant, nihilistic Krackpots have taken over state government in Arizona is because illegal immigrants have been voting them in. Now, thanks to this George W. Bush-appointed judge in Wichita, perhaps sanity can return to the capitol in Phoenix.
This perfectly encapsulates the scam. The Kookocracy is safely reelected, term after term, ever more extreme and detached from reality. This is the deep-red voting of Republicans and "independents." Getting Hispanic citizens to vote is extremely difficult.
Real instances of serious voter fraud are almost nonexistent, and the few recent scandals have involved Republicans. On the other hand, minority and poor citizens are less likely to be able to produce a passport or birth certificate in order to exercise the franchise.
This is part of a widespread national effort to suppress voting that is seen likely to trend toward the Democrats. Other instances include limiting voting days and hours, as well as cutting back polling places.
The "voter fraud" and "illegals are voting!" dog whistles are also useful in state politics to keep the suburban Anglos in a constant state of hysteria. The minorities are taking over! The minorities are taking over! Is even championship golf safe??
Fifty years ago, Republicans were essential in Congress to passage of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights acts. Anybody want to guess how the Party of Lincoln would vote today?
While we're talking about limiting the franchise, how about imposing a civics and history literacy poll test? That would clean off a big set of the tea-bagger rolls in a hurry.
Seriously, until Arizonans get serious about kicking out the Republican Kookocracy, until they vote beyond the pitiful levels of 23 percent or less, expect more of the same. Your right to vote was paid for in blood, from Bunker Hill to Birmingham. And this is how you repay it?