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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Supreme Court Overturns Voting Rights Act

I guess we all saw this coming.  In their usual 5 to 4 split, the Corporate Arm of the Republican Party — formerly known as the Supreme Court — has overturned part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

President Obama said he was “deeply disappointed” in today’s Supreme Court ruling:

“While today’s decision is a setback, it doesn’t represent the end of our efforts to end voting discrimination.  I am calling on Congress to pass legislation to ensure every American has equal access to the polls.”

Congress???  Fat chance of that.  They’re too busy voting to repeal Obamacare for the 537th time.  For rightwing state legislatures who want to turn the clock back to 1950, it’s full speed ahead.  They’re free to crack down on voter registration drives, ban early voting, and whatever else it takes to keep the riffraff out of the voting booth.

Chief Justice John Roberts’ “reasoning” — using the term loosely — was that the racial situation has improved so much, we no longer need the Voting Rights Act.  Or something.

Traffic deaths have been decreasing every year because of stricter traffic laws and better enforcement.  These laws have served their purpose but now we don’t need them any more.

Three days ago I started a 2-week course of antibiotics.  But hey, the symptoms have disappeared, so I’ll just go ahead and throw away all the rest of these pills.

Or as dissenting Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg put it:

“Throwing out preclearance when it has worked and is continuing to work is like throwing away your umbrella in a rainstorm because you are not getting wet.”

Rep. John Lewis (D—Georgia) said:

“These men that voted to strip the Voting Rights Act of its power, they never stood in unmovable lines, they never had to pass a so-called literacy test.  It took us almost a hundred years to get where we are today. So, will it take another hundred years to fix it, to change it?”

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I smelled a Rat when Bush 2 pushed the last extension of the Voting Rights Act through the Republican Dominated Congress. Maybe they meant for this to happen in the first place, it just seemed too good to be true.

I wish some of these Smart People on TV would tell us that this isn't the first Voting Rights Act in our Country's History. One was enacted at Reconstruction that worked, until it was officially ignored, then legislated and judgement-ed away The Official reason was things had gotten better with Reconstruction. Well you know what happened next for the 80 years eh?

BTW the Civil Rights Bill of 1964 is also word for word the Civil Rights Act of 1873.

Never met a Right Winger that knew that either.

Erik

June 25, 2013 at 5:30 PM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

And then the birthday party magician sleight-of-hand today with DOMA. The Man's one s-m-r-t oatmeal raisin.

June 26, 2013 at 8:28 AM  
Blogger jim marquis said...

GOP reaching out to minorities? More like reaching out to slap their hands away from the ballot box...

June 26, 2013 at 10:22 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: I didn't know that about the Civil Rights Act of 1873. And I'm not even a rightwinger :)

"Things had gotten better with Reconstruction." Yup, problem solved.

Randal: Yup, the Supreme Court is all over the map in these last 2 days.

Jim: LOL, that's exactly what they're doing.

June 26, 2013 at 2:53 PM  

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