September 27, 2004, here on slacktivist: What’s the matter with Alabama?
This wasn’t a case of poor Alabamans voting to stop abortion and then receiving a regressive tax structure. It was a case of poor Alabamans voting to increase their own tax burdens and to reduce those of industry and wealthy landowners. They received exactly what they knew they were voting for. Given a choice, they chose a feudal horror-show, a playing field raked steeply against the interests of their own families.
And this vote had nothing to do with the genital politics of abortion or homosexuality, nor with the evangelical anxiety that imagines a vague menace of religious “persecution” for the majority.
So what’s the matter with Alabama?