The Republican Party and their new corporate owner/designated messiah, Donald Trump, really doesn’t like it when people who are sufficiently white cast a ballot. We’ve already seen Trump’s Nevada lawsuit collapse
Meanwhile, Ann Coulter has suggested that the best way to run an election is to require voters to have four grandparents born in this country. Then, she claimed, “Trump would win in a 5-ostate landslide.”
George Takei was having none of that, and tweeted in mockery of the McCarthyist Coulter,
Wait, wait. "At least" 4 grandparents? Just how many are we expected to have? We're not all Trump children with three possible moms. pic.twitter.com/wUG0LPvvll
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) November 8, 2016
The truth is, there are plenty of African-Americans who can trace their ancestry back to the earliest days of the North American colonies when their ancestors were brought here to be slaves for people like Ann Coulter. Mexicans were living in cities in the Southwest already, so there are many Hispanics here who can also trace their ancestry sufficiently far back.
And never mind that if Coulter’s wish came true it would exclude much of the Trump family, including Donald Trump himself, whose mother came over from Scotland. Yes, “white” people can be immigrants too.
While that is true, the real intent, of course, is to prevent more recent arrivals from voting, even though they are American citizens, with all the rights and privileges granted by the United States Constitution that the rest of us enjoy.
The sly dig here by George Takei is brilliant, mocking the evangelical’s choice for president by alluding to his multiple marriages. Republicans will do anything to prevent minorities from voting, and it is a very small leap from Coulter’s wishful thinking to a Republican legislature.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.