Saturday, April 11, 2009

In Texas They Just Want to See Your Papers

Want to vote in Texas? There are some around there who don’t want you to do that. Mainly because they are afraid that you won’t vote for the proper candidate. For the correct ballot proposition.

They’re afraid of what would happen if you voted the way you want to, rather than the way they want you to.

Like how they might not be able to hold office anymore.

So to conquer their fears, they make you afraid instead. They spread wild rumors of rampant voter fraud, Mexicans streaming into the state to cast their illicit ballots using easy to forge voter registration cards.

And who knows, maybe Muslims, too.

Muslims look a lot like Mexicans, you know. A lot of them have brown skin, just like Mexicans.

They tell you these things and people become afraid, and people who are afraid sometimes do foolish things. Like support the passage of a law requiring all voters to present a photo ID at the polls.

An ID that they have to pay for.

In Texas, right now, a voter registration card is free. No one pays a thing in order to vote. That all has to stop, these people say. The voters should pay money in order to vote. And if they don’t want to pay this money, or can’t for some reason, then they don’t get to vote.

And that changes the profile of the average voter in Texas. It lightens the average Texas voter’s skin color, for one thing. And maybe it reddens the average Texas voter’s politics.

Texans want to see your papers. Apparently the desire transcends from the voting booth to the grave. Now it appears that in death you will still need to carry your papers. They’re trying to make it a law that all corpses buried in Texas will have their IDs on them. A headstone isn’t enough, they say, because what if there’s a hurricane?

I tell you, Texans just want to see your papers.


Anonymous said...

Hard to believe the O'Bama administration or justice department would allow this to happen, right half?

Hal said...

Not hard at all, Anon.

States do still have a right to infringe on the rights of their citizens until such time that the state's utter disregard of the natural rights of people within their governance is challenged. As in the current situation.

Wait and learn, Anon. Someday Texas will bask in the sunshine of liberty. That is a promise.

Anonymous said...

I don't think state constitutions, at least since the civil war, have super-ceded the U.S. constitution, but of course corporations policies and pay offs apparently do. So perhaps corporate Texas does have some plan for "company executives" liberty over labor. Maybe they are right about the constitution, that it is just a quaint little ole document anyway. No need to worry about individual rights or freedoms guaranteed us when the politicians have already sold us out to the highest bidder.

Corporate & contract law rules!

Good point hal.

Anonymous said...

And so, are you, indeed, saying that the Confederacy has not yet conceded to the Union?

Nostalgia can allow for reflection of intellectual thought of what might have been, if this, that or the other had happen this way or that way. However, to play act, pretend and enforce policy as if the Confederacy won is something else; and that something else is not in accordance with Constitutional justice. But, if we, the citizens allow the charade to continue in side-stepping the United States of America’s Constitution, then we, also, become complicit in the delusional persistent that the Confederacy won; and, therefore still rules.

Hal said...

The Confederacy didn't win?

Anonymous said...

Well, your question is a good one. Round these parts and some other parts, it seems as if they did