Now that the afterglow of yesterday's Supreme Court decisions on DOMA and Prop 8 has subsided a bit, I can't help but turn my attention back to the atrocity that is their decision on the Voting Rights Act. What a shameful day for our nation when giants like Rep. John Lewis have outlived the very advances they fought so hard and sacrificed so much for, forty-five years ago.
And yet. I've read, watched and listened to a fair amount of commentary on the ruling, and I have yet to hear anyone answer the following question (actually, I have yet to come across anyone who's even asking it):
At 2:30 or so on Friday afternoon, my partner said to me, "Let's get the kid in the car and go vote."
Of course, when you have a 19-month-old, nothing — and I mean nothing — happens in a simple, linear fashion. So by the time we got out the door, it was 4:18. I started doing the math in my head: 15 miles from Petaluma to Santa Rosa; not quite rush hour traffic, so . . . taking the back roads instead of the freeway, with a little luck we could just make it to the Registrar of Voters, which closed at 5, in time.
Follow me below the fleuron . . .
NOTE: Obamagrandma and others have already posted on this. But I thought I'd add my voice to the growing chorus debunking this email.
You may have seen it: a snarky email that's going around, "summarizing" the first 500 pages of HR3200. Needless to say, it's a big ol' steaming pile of misinformation, misinterpretation and outright lies.
My response to things like this, generally, is to Reply All and bombard the entire recipient list with as many facts, or at least as much logic, as I can muster. And it occurred to me that others who are getting this email might be able to use it to give their friends and family something to think about, and maybe — just maybe — change their minds.
I'm self-employed, so I simply didn't have time to research and address every bit of absolute drivel contained in this little list. But here's a reality check on some of it, anyway. If anyone wants to correct anything I've said, or respond to a bullet point I ignored (especially on the tax stuff), or expand on one of my points, please feel free. I might even include it in an update.
A friend just forwarded an email to me that her father had sent her - partly to vent, and partly to ask for ammunition to use in responding. The email is your basic conservative sermonette (why do these people always sound like they're in a pulpit?) about the perils of expecting a "free lunch" from government, using wild pigs as an analogy.