Miraisy Rodriguez Dear Phil, You're right...I'm sure more people than Governor Scott were involved in passing the early voting law I refer to. I'm afraid you caught me using a quick, perhaps unfortunate, shorthand developed by reading over and over again how the Governor refused pleas to extend early voting hours. And to clarify, at least when my grandmother was there, the English-speaking handicapped were just as confused as the Spanish-speakers (no translators were provided for anyone).
Miraisy Rodriguez Perhaps I'm becoming a cynic, but I feel like it's politics and all candidates are going to play games. Maybe the question becomes which games will the country be better able to tolerate, and maybe even thrive in spite of, rather than who is going to stop playing. That said, I don't disagree that promises were made, some came up empty, and that it will likely happen again.
Miraisy Rodriguez I understand people's frustrations with campaign promises and issue avoidance, but that's nothing new or specific to Obama. Realistically, I think four years is a very ambitious time frame if you plan to overhaul healthcare, immigration, and the economy. Perhaps we voters should begin taking campaign promises with a grain of salt once for all. I'm not registered with either party, but I'm not sure I'm ready to go back to a Republican administration via Romney. We still have plenty of time to decide.
Miraisy Rodriguez Here's a link to Jorge Ramos' recent Romney interview: http://youtu.be/Y94VBYsHkqk A quick search for Florida voting history, where we have a large number of Hispanic and/or Latinos, turned up this site: http://www.270towin.com/states/Florida
Miraisy Rodriguez Thank you for your comment Zachary Taylor. I don't presume to speak for liberals. That said, and naive as it may be, I believe that in a court of law we should all be presumed innocent until proven guilty. Zimmerman will have his day in court and I don't think it should be considered a waste of tax payer dollars. Still, for whatever reason, the Stand Your Ground law was discussed in the media following this incident and the point I'm trying to make is that we should all, my self included, pay attention to our legislators as they act so we can engage in a debate with them rather than simply gripe about their actions later.
Miraisy Rodriguez Thanks Max Pruger and JDM EAC for your comments. The Stand Your Ground Law was originally debated in light of Trayvon Martin's death because Zimmerman was not arrested directly following the incident. I believe JDM is correct that "Stand Your Ground" is not an affirmative defense now relevant to proceedings against Zimmerman. I did not mean to imply that courts can or should create law when I said "the court has to decide how the applicable law should be applied to the facts of that case" or when I said "...over time, cases upon cases interpret and apply a particular law in the same way, and a common law principle is created."