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Tuesday, December 27, 2011
GOP Party's Political Views
This has been one rollercoaster; imaginary post-racial, republican court jester’s debate, citizen protesting year. For the party of NO, it has been their defining moment of obstruction after obstruction in getting what needs to be done—undone or rather blocked from getting done. Let’s not forget the rich getting richer, while the poor are getting poorer. I’m sure that a lot of struggling folks out there won’t forget them come election time.
This particular story is one that really caught my eye:
“A 93-year-old Tennessee woman, who cleaned the state Capitol for 30 years, including the governor’s office, says she won’t be able to vote for the first time in decades after being told this week that her old state ID failed to meet new voter ID regulations.”
“Thelma Mitchell was even accused of being an undocumented immigrant because she couldn’t produce a birth certificate:”
“Mitchell, who was delivered by a midwife in Alabama in 1918, has never had a birth certificate. But when she told that to a drivers’ license clerk, he suggested she might be an illegal immigrant.”
“Thelma Mitchell told WSMV-TV that she went to a state drivers’ license center last week after being told that her old state ID from her cleaning job would not meet new regulations for voter identification.” ~~Marie Diamond, Think Progress~~
Some folks are really longing for those good old Jim Crow days their elders told them about. They do not want to share the American pie politically, economically, or socially. Like Mitchell, there were a lot of black people born during Jim Crow that do not have a birth certificate. Blacks were refused hospital services and had to depend on midwives, homemade remedies, and even animal doctors for medical attention thanks to Jim Crow.
My grandparents did not have birth certificates. To show proof of their birth, they had to use censuses, bibles, and church documents. My great-great grandmother was a midwife as well as a substitute doctor when folks got sick. She used different herbs and trees to cure different illnesses and they worked better than a lot of the pharmaceutical drugs they overwhelm us with today that cause side effects.
Nevertheless, if the Republicans win the elections, misery and destitution will consume America like a flood.