Welcome to Georgia, USA

By Tatiana von Tauber

I found this opinion piece in the local paper today. It was a letter to the editor and it reads:

“Don’t vote from list writer says”

Editor:

I have Democrat friends both black and white. What they tell me is appalling. I have been told by the black friends that when it comes to elections that they go to the NAACP or the Democratic headquarters and get a list of people to vote for. The white friends say they go to the Democrat headquarters and get the list.

It is a very sad day in America when a person cannot go to vote for whom they think is the best person for the job. They have to be given a list of who to vote for.

Thank god I am not a Democrat. That is why this country is messed up.”

Bryan County News opinion piece Aug. 26, 2010

8 Responses to Welcome to Georgia, USA

  1. Charles Platt says:

    They “go to democrat headquarters”? Somehow I find this hard to believe. Trying to imagine voters driving or taking a bus to some kind of a storefront that tells them what to do…

    • John G says:

      You’ve obviously never worked an election on Chicago’s south side. Those who don’t come to the polling place with list in hand can pick one up curbside. Of course, it’s not much different than other places I’ve lived and voted. Union lists, NAACP list, pro-life list, etc. Chicago poll workers, however, are much more aggressive about making sure you have a list when you enter the polls.

  2. Davis says:

    The majority of voters (I don’t know why the author of this letter suggests it’s just a Democratic Party phenomenon) will vote for candidates because they are on the same “team,” and not because of any particular set of competencies or policy stances. This reflects a pretty basic human psychological fact regarding how group identification affects our decision-making processes; see Cialdini’s Influence for more on that.

  3. blueollie says:

    I suppose if you are a right winger, you get your list from your fundamentalist church.

  4. Tatiana says:

    What I found disturbing here (on top of the obvious) was the distinct, intentional racial segregation of Democratic voters to this author. He felt the need to distinguish what a white and black Democratic voter did rather than simply assign his judgment specifically onto the Democrats as a specific group. The author stresses the horror of these Democrats’ actions in the view that, not only are *blacks* doing this but *whites are too*! Imagine that! Anyone else find this unsettling as just an added point to the obvious Democrat slam?

    • Jay says:

      I find it more unsettling that white people clearly cannot go to the NAACP to get their list of asswipe politicians hell-bent on controlling everyone’s lives and, ha-ha-ha, charging [taxing] them for the privilege of being told what to do.

      But I understand and agree with your point, Tatiana. I had pondered something similar when I read it.

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