Wednesday, May 26, 2010

How To Cook Disenfranchisement

There seems to be many, many recipes as evidenced by news this morning that a state judge has turned over Denton County's vote to become wet, held last May and approved by a majority of voters.  A similar thing happened a few years ago in Dallas (but before we got to vote on it) when a state judge threw out a (certified) Dallas petition seeking a modified wet change in a JP district.  And with the new petition to become modified wet, I've been advising, "Don't hold your breath", even while record numbers have signed to change the current laws in the City of Dallas.

Because it really doesn't matter what the voters want in this issue.  If you look at the Denton case, the lawsuit to overturn the vote was funded by the City of Frisco.  And if you look at the Dallas petition from two years ago, our county commissioners refused to hold the vote or fight the state judge's ruling.  And not one city council person has come out to state that they think changing Dallas to modified wet would be good for Dallas - in fact at the Zoo event last week one emphatically was against it.   Go ahead, poll them, I bet you'll find the majority either don't want change or are completely apathetic to the issue.

So you end up with a bunch of citizens who repeatedly sign a petition to allow a vote to change a law.  Each time it's shot down by the political bodies who (for a variety of reasons) find ways to not change the law.  So I guess my question is, if the majority of people want change, but are blocked from voting on it (or their vote is thrown out) over and over again, who is really the disenfranchised?

Sounds like a good reason for a party, a disenfranchised Tea/Coffee/Martini Party.

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