Georgia state senator Frank Millar (R-Duh) wants to end Sunday voting because too many black voters will vote. At least he’s honest. (More)
Law schools don’t let squirrels take classes but a lot of squirrels sit outside the classrooms and cadge snacks from students perpetually debating the Rule Against Perpetuities. So when a squirrel on Chitter told me the story about Sen. Millar sounded like a Poe’s Law case, I knew I could power up the Official BPI Googlizationalizator and find that law in some statute or other. Except it isn’t:
Poe’s Law, named after its author Nathan Poe, is an Internet adage reflecting the idea that without a clear indication of the author’s intent, it is difficult or impossible to tell the difference between an expression of sincere extremism and a parody of extremism.
I knew what my law school squirrel friend meant after I read Sen. Millar’s comments:
How ironic! Michele Obama comes to town and Chicago politics comes to DeKalb.
Now we are to have Sunday voting at South DeKalb Mall just prior to the election. Per Jim Galloway of the AJC, this location is dominated by African American shoppers and it is near several large African American mega churches such as New Birth Missionary Baptist. Galloway also points out the Democratic Party thinks this is a wonderful idea – what a surprise. I’m sure Michelle Nunn and Jason Carter are delighted with this blatantly partisan move in DeKalb.
Is it possible church buses will be used to transport people directly to the mall since the poll will open when the mall opens? If this happens, so much for the accepted principle of separation of church and state.
Another first for DeKalb! So much for being inclusive.
Well yes, Democrats do favor Sunday voting because many people have that day off and Sunday voting boosts turnout. That’s what “inclusive” means. But Sen. Millar seems to have taken his cues from a scathingly partisan column in the Atlanta Journal Constitution that offered this argument against Sunday voting:
One possible argument: If you can’t get a Chick-fil-A sandwich on a Sunday, why should you be able to get a ballot?
Oh, I don’t know. Maybe because access to voting shouldn’t be based on the store hours of a right-wing-owned fast food chain that has been repeatedly sued for discrimination because their ’employee screening’ tries to weed out non-Christians? Perhaps would Galloway equally opine:
One possible argument: If you can’t get a job at a Chick-fil-A, why should you be able to get a ballot?
But let’s return to Sen. Millar, who all but donned a Klan robe yesterday:
— Alex Rowell (@AlexRowell) September 9, 2014
Ah yes, he wants “more educated voters.” Because there couldn’t be any educated black voters there. Except that DeKalb is the second-most affluent black-majority county in the U.S., so maybe there are educated black voters.
So maybe Sen. Millar’s “more educated voters” really just means “more whites.” That fits the Republican Party’s ongoing project of voter suppression, and you don’t have to take progressive columnist Steve Benen’s word for it. Let’s watch Paul Weyrich, “the founding father of the conservative movement,” explain it:
How many of our Christians have what I call “the goo-goo syndrome?” Good government. They want everybody to vote. I don’t want everybody to vote. Elections are not won by a majority of people. They never have been from the beginning of our country, and they are not now. As a matter of fact our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down.
The Republican Party doesn’t want voters choosing their elected leaders. They want elected Republicans choosing their voters.
And if Democrats try to help more eligible voters register – and help more registered voters vote – Republicans call it “disgusting” or guzzle Sen. Millar’s whine: “So much for inclusion!”
Good day and good nuts