Monday, October 18, 2004
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Moore on Alabama's Amendment 2

Amendment 2, which will be voted on in the Nov. 2 election, was originally worded only to eliminate language related to segregation and the poll tax from Alabama's Constitution. However, the legislature tacked on language striking a constitutional provision stating that there is no "right" to public education. As a result, Amendment 2 is not just a measure that would rid the constitution of obsolete, racist language. In now has the potential to give judges license to order new taxes and/or spending for education. Roy Moore and others were quick to pounce on the chance to come out against new taxes, and are actively campaigning for the amendment's defeat.

If opponents are successful and the amendment fails, the national media will undoubtedly seize on the opportunity to unfairly portray Alabama as mired in its segregationist past. Roy Moore's political stature will be enhanced inside the state, adding to the likelihood that he will challenge Gov. Riley in the Republican primary for Governor in 2006.

As I stated in an earlier post, Moore and his allies have a good point. However, the consequences of a "No" vote can't be overlooked. I am beginning to wonder whether the risks of Amendment 2's passage pale in comparison to the costs of its defeat.