Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Edward Lindsey: supports the poll tax, angry that he was compared to segregationists.

So, Shirley Franklin, John Lewis, and Andrew Young say that a vote for "right-wing Republicans" is a vote to return to the days of segregation.

Now, I think this is obvious. Six of seven Georgia Republican Representatives voted against the Voting Rights Act. Every Georgia Republican state legislator voted for regulations that would disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of Georgia voters, a disproportionate number of them voters of color. If they don't want to return to the days of segregation, or at the very least, if they don't want to be accused of it, then perhaps they should re-examine their policies.

Do they? No. Instead, even as they oppose the Voting Rights Act and support regulations tantamount to a poll tax, they whine that they have been insulted:

State Rep. Edward Lindsey, a Republican whose district covers Atlanta and Sandy Springs, said his party will not get past the ad easily. He sent a letter to the mayor warning her that her participation in Eaves' ad would make life difficult for the city in the General Assembly.

"The issue isn't whether I was insulted," Lindsey said. "The ad was insulting."

You know, if Edward Lindsey doesn't want to return to the days of segregation, then maybe he should have voted against regulations that do nothing but disenfranchise voters.

In general, I'd like to know how, exactly, he's different from segregationists who attacked people with dogs and firehoses. As of now, the answer seems to be, "I don't own a dog, and I don't know how to use a firehose."