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In Response to Re: Heading toward the 19th Century:
In Response to Heading toward the 19th Century:
State officials across the South are aggressively moving ahead with new laws requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls after the Supreme Court decision striking down a portion of the Voting Rights Act.
Posted by WernerS2
Perhaps in the interest of fairness it should be noted that these laws are not restricted to the South. For instance South Dakota and Wisconsin has such requirements, although I believe that in Wisconsin the laws are restricted by federal requirements.
Posted by TxGrandpa2
Nevertheless the "south", "bible belt" or whatever one wishes to call it, is not and has not been the recognized financial, educational, or intellectual center of excellence of the nation since the nation's inception. It has in fact been considered, along with a portion of the mid-west to be the regional center of social, political and racial, "traditionally backward standards" The discovery and development of oil caused regional financial changes to some areas in the south.
Much of it is an unfortunate circumstance that was created by geographical constraints when the nation was settled, and much of the rest is just how things worked out.
For instance, had gold silver and other valuable minerals not been discovered in Colorado, it might well today be the state with the smallest population in the nation.
It's every bit as much a fact as observing that Texas is hot in the summer and Vermont is cold in the winter, or that by the time Baylor granted it's first degree, Harvard had been granting degrees for over 200 years.
That's just how things are.