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Re: “Letter from the Editor

First of all, let me set the record straight: I'm NOT a Republican and I fall into the poor category, but I couldn't let this ridiculous Flyer editorial pass without comment. VanWyngarden claims, first of all, that SB1798 seeks to prevent low income folks from voting. He makes no bones about this being an evil GOP plot. Further, he claims the GOP "passed several laws making it more difficult for poor people to keep a driver's license, including raising taxes on speeding fines."
What are these "several laws" that were not enumerated in the editorial? I see only one here, and the claim that the real intent of the law is to keep the poor from voting is spurious at best and condescending to the poor. At worst, it's doing Democrat party trench work while posing as a journalist.
VanWyngarden claims poor people are more likely to be arrested without providing proof for the claim. He also argues that the law does not target "those who fail to pay civil court costs or family court costs, only criminal court costs," inferring that the "rich" who fail to pay said costs get off the hook and retain their voting rights. Civil issues and family court issues are not criminal issues, which put them into different categories, making it akin to comparing apples and rotten tomatoes. The Republican measure targets convicted criminals, period. Not poor criminals- ALL convicted criminals, regardless of their financial status. He further claims that the GOP drew a bead on Memphis, the one large Democrat bastion in the state.
First of all, if you're a criminal, you've failed in your duty as a citizen. By failing to pay court costs, you've failed in your duty as a citizen once again. VanWyngarden seems to promote the idea that citizens can cherry-pick which civic obligations they deign to meet.
Emperor VanWyngarden has no clothes in this case. I don't want a citizenry that selects which obligations they should meet. If you're a criminal and fail also to pay your way, you don't DESERVE the most important citizen franchise.

Posted by Steamed on 07/07/2011 at 11:09 PM


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