April 27, 2010
What’s the Matter with Arizona?
Greg Palast tells us, in the article from which the following is excerpted. (h/t to Reconstitution 2.0)
What moved GOP Governor Jan Brewer to sign the Soviet-style show-me-your-papers law is the exploding number of legal Hispanics, US citizens all, who are daring to vote — and daring to vote Democratic by more than two-to-one. Unless this demographic locomotive is halted, Arizona Republicans know their party will soon be electoral toast. Or, if you like, tortillas…
Brewer, then Secretary of State, had organized a racially loaded purge of the voter rolls that would have made Katherine Harris blush. Beginning after the 2004 election, under Brewer’s command, no less than 100,000 voters, overwhelmingly Hispanics, were blocked from registering to vote. In 2005, the first year of the Great Brown-Out, one in three Phoenix residents found their registration applications rejected…
The weapon she used to slice the Arizona voter rolls was a 2004 law, known as “Prop 200,” which required proof of citizenship to register. It is important to see the Republicans’ latest legislative horror show, sanctioning cops to stop residents and prove citizenship, as just one more step in the party’s desperate plan to impede Mexican-Americans from marching to the ballot box.
[By the way, no one elected Brewer. Weirdly, Barack Obama placed her in office last year when, for reasons known only to the Devil and Rahm Emanuel, the President appointed Arizona’s Democratic Governor Janet Napolitano to his cabinet, which automatically moved Republican Brewer into the Governor’s office.]
Posted by Jerome Doolittle at April 27, 2010 03:58 PM
This is quite something to say the least. What the hell did the dims think was going to happen when Napolitano was appointed. They knew it sure as shit and did it anyway. Hispanics ought to be kicking Obama's door in as well. This is very bad shit Jerome.
Timothy Egan, writing in the NY Times:
Still, a sane plurality may yet show its face. Arizona is home to more than 2 million Hispanics — about 30 percent of its population. They are much younger than the average white voter, and do not show up at the polls in great numbers. They will now. Young people, business owners and retirees who are not afraid of the demographic change washing over America — they have also been on the sideline.
While the fringe that controls state government goes after the fastest-growing ethnic group in the country with a law that makes a mockery of American values, Arizona crumbles. Its state parks are orphans, left to volunteers. Its university system is being slashed and picked to death. They even considered a plan to sell the House and Senate buildings. What business will want to relocate to such a place?
It will cost these hot-heads running the state. Probably not this year. But soon enough, because Americans have always considered the West a place that looks to tomorrow through a lens of hope, instead of hiding in the past, in fear.
************************************Let's hope he's correct in his analysis. And lets hope that the voter protection entities within the Federal Government come out in droves in Arizona and other states like it which have sought to drive voters from the polls, much like was done in the Southern states when I was a child. They're facing national embarrassment now, but we need national media to chronicle how legal voters are being denied the right to vote and they need to make strong analogies to the civil rights movement and how the era of Jim Crow is returning in another form to showcase how disgusting the practice is.
Those Kenyans are tricky. What good does a Democratic governor of a red state do the White House? Move her to Washington where she can be a symbol of Dem inclusiveness to Hispanic voters in all 50 states. Added bonus: a GOP wingnut takes over the statehouse and mobilizes Arizona Hispanics to get off their asses and vote Dem in 2012.
I've been corresponding with a cousin about genealogy. I'm going to have to ask him about why he just left Arizon. He bought a house some decades ago and retired from Arizona government but I've never taken the time to ask him why he left. But it was very recently that he did so. And I don't think he is anywhere near the hard right camp, perhaps more likely on the leftward scale like many of our readers but I don't know that for sure, politics being something that family members who want to keep things sane shy from these days as one never knows which relatives have been brainwashed into idiocy by the false and utterly nonsensical channel that exists only to turn people into hard right ideologues who can't see straight that masquerades as a new channel, that channel being Fox News. They are the most dangerous faux news organization in the country and if any channel can pull off turning the nation to fascism, Fox News is the one. Fortunately their watchers are primarily the old and the easily gullible types which keeps their numbers of viewers fairly low in the grand scheme of things.....but then I remember how many people voted for Geogbe Bush the SECOND time around and I shudder at my thoughts about the gullible. Yes, we are indeed a nation that could turn to fascism.
This voter stomping has been going on in Arizona for a long, long time. The late Chief Justice Rehnquist made his political bones this way, after all. (And everybody knew it, but he was confirmed regardless.)