Stayed in Mississippi a Day Too Long
When I blogged about Mississippi earlier in the month, it was in response to an absurd editorial claiming that the state’s grave deficiencies are made up for by the collective piety of its residents.
The state came up in a conversation I had earlier this afternoon. Today, the Supreme Court decided to roll back some campaign finance laws, broadening corporations’ right to contribute to political campaigns. My friends and I were discussing the “legal person” status extended to corporations, and how since they’re denied the right to vote, it would stand to reason that they could be denied other constitutional rights enjoyed by living, breathing people.
There have been 17 amendments to the Constitution since the Bill of Rights was ratified. Of those 17, 8 explicitly mention voting. After the Civil War, African-Americans were given the right to vote; in the 1920s, women got that right. A 1964 amendment abolished poll taxes as a precondition of voting.
On a lark, I mentioned that Mississippi had probably rejected all 3 of those Amendments. I was not too far off. Mississippi was forced to ratify the 15th Amendment (allowing blacks to vote) in order for it to regain Congressional representation after the Civil War. It ratified the 19th Amendment (allowing women to vote) in 1984. By then it was a moot point, as the rest of the country had passed it in 1920. It never ratified the 24th Amendment (prohibiting poll taxes).
So there you have it. A state that goes out of its way to delay national progress. Yet more evidence of Mississippi’s time-tested record of shittiness and general un-gnaritude. I would strongly consider voting for a 28th Amendment that banished Mississippi from the Union. And now, thanks to the Supreme Court, Is It Luck, Inc. can sponsor a single-issue candidate to get that done.