For the last year and a half, Floridians have been hassled by Rick Scott. Not only has his agenda been so extreme that it has led him to the lowest approval rating for any governor in the United States, but all the ethic and legal battles that follow him make him unfit for any office.
This week, the Governor’s Office in Tallahassee has stooped to a new low. On Wednesday, the State of Florida announced that they were going to be releasing the voter purge list to the public. Basically, anyone that wants to have the list of those that are considered illegal will now be able to get it.
At first, the voter purge was wrong. That much can be said during the debate on whether the Supervisor of Elections should continue or not. They all said no. The federal government said no. Basically it was a bad idea.
Now the Scott Administration feels the need to go out there and release all the names of those that they consider “illegals”? That is insane.
First of all, we already know that some of them aren’t. I only use the word “some” because those are the ones we know of. There might be a lot more on there, but we just haven’t found out yet. Anyway, so the list itself has already proven to be flawed.
But that is just a small part of it. With the release of this list, the state is now telling everyone “these are illegals”, even without any proof. While it is wrong to make false statements if they aren’t true (which I am sure is illegal), it could be dangerous as well.
For example, let’s say one of these “minutemen” get a hold of this voter purge list. Will he start taking matters into his own hands? Will he go out there like Dog the Bounty Hunter and start bagging up people and sending them on a boat to Mexico (even if the person is a WWII vet)? Making this list public now means that every anti-immigration person or group out there now has a group of people to harass for the rest of their lives. It will just be a matter of time until we hear about an “incident” because of the release of this list.
The question that has to be asked is if this list could be challenged in court. Why couldn’t those who can absolutely prove that they are citizens not seek legal action for slander? If claiming that someone isn’t a citizen when they are, thus putting their life in direct threat by vigilante groups isn’t a crime, I don’t know what is.
On top of the possible threats, there will always be the constant suspicion on whether someone is illegal or not. Let’s say that one of these anti-immigration groups take out a huge advertisement buy in the Florida Times-Union or another such paper, and just list all 180,000 people on that ad? While many of those on the list are legal, their neighbors and society will have in the back of their head “is that person illegal”?
For the last year and a half, we have put up with Rick Scott’s reckless governance. Now, he is doing something that directly puts the lives of 180,000 people in danger. There is a point where you are trying to push your agenda, but then a point where you are just trying to be harmful. We have now gone over that line.