Learning, Part II

February 27, 2009

The good news: Combing through countless articles about Congress keeps me up to date on things that matter, like the DC Voting Rights Bill (finally!) passing in the Senate.

The bad news: Sometimes you’re reminded of why people go so long without rights in the first place. In an article about the debate over the bill in the Senate, The Hill wrote:

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) called the legislation “a camel nose underneath a tent flap.” Voting rights advocates, he warned, don’t want one voting Representative — they are working toward the “whole camel and the caravan” of two voting Senators.

Besides, he added, anyone who feels underrepresented can move to Maryland or Virginia.

“This is not a form of slavery. This is not taxation without representation. This is in fact a choice,” he said. “The choice to live in the District of Columbia rather than Maryland.”

This might be an extreme analogy, but doesn’t this make you wonder whether Southern politicians during the Jim Crow era used the same logic?


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