The voting rights act of 1965 was a hallmark of freedom and rights in this nation. With it, no person could be denied the right to vote. The Supreme Court today decided that it should weigh in on this landmark piece of legislation.
With the Robert’s Court already ruling that corporations are people without the obligations, putting something like the right to vote into their hands is a very worrisome step.
Chief Justice Roberts has already been on the record on this subject, saying in 2009:
Things have changed in the South. Voter turnout and registration rates now approach parity. Blatantly discriminatory evasions of federal decrees are rare. And minority candidates hold office at unprecedented levels.
Apparently, the Chief Justice does not grasp *why* things have changed.
The lawsuit, filed by the states Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia, seeks to overturn key provisions of the law. These states have filed suit demanding the right to strip away the voting rights of its citizens, based on any preference they wish. Already this challenge has been defeated on appeal, so this last-ditch attempt for these states to end the rights of their population to vote is now to go before the Supreme Court.
In the appeal court decision, Justice David Tatel wrote that Congress, in passing the law, was fulfilling its obligation to make sure “that the right to vote — surely among the most important guarantees of political liberty in the Constitution — is not abridged on account of race.”
In 2012, that any state would file such a case, to fight for the right to eliminate the right to vote for any minority group it chose, is abhorrent. That the Supreme Court would even think of picking up such a case is even worse. There is no place in our system of government – no, in this nation itself – for such a court case to even be considered. The states might claim it is an issue of states’ rights, but it is not that at all. They use the term “states’ rights” as a shield to hide behind, a code word to put a gentle face on what they are really doing.
They don’t want democracy, they want an oligarchy. Put those pesky blacks and browns in their place, put the gays in there too.
Anyone telling you something otherwise, well, they’re just whistlin’ dixie.