House Republican nativists joined House Republican neo-Confederates to block extension of the Voting Rights Act. The nativists object to bilingual ballots and to polling-place interpreters for non-English-speaking citizens.
Someone ought to remind the Republicans that Abraham Lincoln bought a German-language newspaper, the Illinois Staatsanzeiger, to help rally German-immigrant votes for the Republican party.
But then someone ought to remind the Republicans of Abraham Lincoln.
Footnote The Staatsanzeiger was one of 265 German-language newspapers then published in the United States. That’s probably why so many of today’s Americans of German descent speak only German, and helps account for the strong movement for an Anschluss that would join Wisconsin to das Vaterland.