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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Last week was bittersweet for the cause of human dignity.

On one hand, the Supreme Court gave us reason for applause, striking down barriers against the full citizenship of gay men and lesbians. On the other, it gave us reason for dread, gutting the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The 5-4 decision was stunning and despicable, but not unexpected. The country has been moving in this direction for years.

The act is sometimes called the crown jewel of the Civil Rights Movement, but it was even more than that: the most important piece of legislation in the cause of African-American freedom since Reconstruction. And in shredding it, the court commits its gravest crime against that freedom since Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896.

That decision ratified segregation, capping a 30-year campaign by conservative Southern Democrats to overturn the results of the Civil War. Given that the Voting Rights Act now lies in tatters even as Republicans embrace Voter ID schemes to suppress the black vote, given that GOP star Rand Paul has questioned the constitutionality of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, one has to wonder if the results of the Civil Rights Movement do not face a similar fate.

Or, as Georgia Rep. John Lewis put it when I spoke with him Monday, “Can history repeat itself?”

Lewis was the great hero of the battle for voting rights, a then-25-year-old activist who had his skull broken by Alabama state troopers on Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, AL while leading a march against the use of poll taxes, literacy tests, morals tests, economic intimidation, clubs, guns and bombs to deny black people the ballot. The law he helped enact required states and counties with histories of voting discrimination to seek federal approval before changing their voting procedures. (Those that behaved themselves for a decade could be released from that requirement.)

The court struck down the formula the law uses to determine where discrimination lives (and therefore, which jurisdictions should be covered), saying the dates are too old to be reliable. As Chief Justice John Roberts noted in writing for the majority, the country has changed dramatically since that era. African-American electoral participation is at levels undreamt of in 1965.

And so it is. Because. The Act. Worked.

  • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

    Given the current dysfunctional Congress, we can expect no action on correcting the deficiencies pointed out by the Court in its decision. This is unfortunate, as state after state has adopted measures designed to suppress the votes of people who threaten the Republican/Tea Party future. All we can do is hope for a Howard Jarvis “Throw the Bums Out” movement next year to eliminate many of these who have offered empty promises to their constituents, and only result in deficits.

    • TheSkalawag929

      “All we can do is hope…”

      That is exactly how we came to be where we are now. We sat around hoping. Hope is all well and good but it takes work, hard work, to get what you want. And sitting around waiting for a Howard Jarvis to come around again ain’t going to get done what we need done.
      We are our own Howard Jarvis. Do what you have to to get democrats to the polls in 2014 and in special elections before then so that we can reclaim control over OUR destinies.

    • angelsinca

      “…state after state has adopted measures designed to suppress the votes of people…”

      Everyone else seems to think those measures were adopted to prevent voter fraud.

      • TheSkalawag929

        Not everyone else. Ask those upon whom the new restrictions were placed and I think you will get a different answer.

        • angelsinca

          “Ask those upon whom the new restrictions were placed…”

          I have. Those DIRECTLY effected seem to think showing their ID to vote is not a big deal. Just like the imagined charges of racism whenever Obama is challenged, the charges of ‘voter suppression’ is only another weapon used to attack the GOP.

          • TheSkalawag929

            I don’t think it is about showing ID. I have no problem with showing ID.
            It is the kind of ID that is now acceptable and what you have to do to get the new forms of ID you need to vote that I find questionable.

          • angelsinca

            “what you have to do to get the new forms of ID ”

            This is the first time I’ve heard about ‘new’ forms of ID needed for voting. Any state-issued ID and/or driver’s license is acceptable. Don’t see how this is a onerous position by the GOP to ‘prevent people from voting’. Not allowing proof that people are allowed to vote seems more onerous, insomuch that it invites fraud.

          • TheSkalawag929

            “Any state-issued ID and/or driver’s license is acceptable.”

            That may be true you your state but states across the country since 2010 have been passing more restrictive voter ID laws.

            http://www.ncsl.org/legislatures-elections/elections/voter-id.aspx

            http://www.brennancenter.org/analysis/election-2012-voting-laws-roundup

            These are just two sites where you can see what has been done to change voter ID requirements.

          • angelsinca

            Thanks for the links. There still is nothing to indicate that voters are being discouraged, much less prevented from voting by the GOP.

            According to the few states that have “strict” photo ID requirements, “a voter cannot cast a valid ballot without first presenting ID. Voters who are unable to show ID at the polls are given a provisional ballot. Those provisional ballots are kept separate from the regular ballots. If the voter returns to election officials within a short period of time after the election (generally a few days) and presents acceptable ID, the provisional ballot is counted. If the voter does not come back to show ID, that provisional ballot is never counted”.

            What’s the big deal? It seems the concerns for demonstrated voter fraud ought to trump beliefs of unproven voter prevention.

            If we are to exercise our responsibility to vote, we have the responsibility to prove we are qualified to vote. If it wasn’t for those that bragged about voting mutliple times for Obama, or those that voted as non-citizens, maybe efforts to prevent the fraud with voter ID wouldn’t be as imminently necessary.

            Voter ID reqmnts aren’t like someone is standing outside the polling place, slapping a baton into an open hand, to discourage voters with fear.

          • TheSkalawag929

            Your arrogance will come back and bite you. And I hope that the population that places its restrictions on you is just as uncaring as you are.

            This is just to let you know, when you come crying to one these sites moaning and groaning about how your rights are being taken away by those mean old people that you screwed, why as the governor of Maine Paul LePage once said they won’t be using Vaseline when they do you.

          • angelsinca

            Well, Skalawag, This is beginning to sound like a lost-debate tantrum. That’s too bad because I don’t come here to win anything, just to question and learn. Still, my little mind can’t wrap itself around the idea that expecting people to prove their voting legitimacy is ‘screwing’ them. Is that really a valid reason to wish dry rape on someone? Dude. Need to reel it back in.

          • TheSkalawag929

            As I have said it is not that someone needs to present ID. It’s the BS that is required in order to get the “proper” ID.
            Maybe it is because your mind is so little that you are unable to understand that it is not legitimacy that needs to be proved but identity.
            Yes hiding behind subterfuge is a valid reason, in my opinion, for YOU to be dry raped. Dude. I’ll more to it before I take any away.

          • angelsinca

            How hard is it to get an ID, really? Empty argument. Would rather hide behind subterfuge than being a dick that has to attack, attack, attack with personal insult. You just deep ended, pal.

          • TheSkalawag929

            If getting an ID is all that easy then how is it much of a deterrent of fraud? Empty necessity. Most liars do hide behind subterfuge. Aww are your feelings hurt? Then go away. I’m not afraid of the deep end, pal.

          • angelsinca

            “Aww are your feelings hurt?”

            Not really. Just astonished at the transformation of another seemingly normal liberal turned abusive fanatic.

          • TheSkalawag929

            That’s what happens when Liberals find out that they are not dealing with someone as purported.

          • angelsinca

            Typical to blame others for your own lack of honesty. When a debate is ‘settled’ with abusive insult, we know what we are dealing with. i actually agree with most of what you say, except for the personal crap. See ya’ around, skalawag.

          • TheSkalawag929

            I haven’t blamed anyone for anything. I just pointed out the actions being taken by the GOP to disenfranchise several groups of people.
            One may attempt to end a debate with an abusive insult but a debate can’t be settled with one.
            I doubt that you agree with much of if any of what I have said since you view me as lacking honesty. I’ll be around angelsinca.

          • angelsinca

            Thanks appreciate the civil disengagement. We disagree. Life goes on. best rgds.

          • TheSkalawag929

            Yes we disagree. Yes life will go on. I am appreciative too of a civil disengagement and best regards to you.

          • Russell Byrd

            He will never look at the links. He already knows better, but you have to understand that is not why he is here. He is just here to enjoy your frustration. Before long, he will be telling you he is married to “a woman of color,” has an interracial family, and that they all hate Liberals. For once, there is absolutely no humor in what I say.

          • TheSkalawag929

            Sounds like wishful thinking on its part.

          • tax payer

            Voting used to be something you were proud to do, but now all Politicians are Liars, so no matter who gets your Vote they’ll turn around and stab you in the Back; while they shake your hand.

          • angelsinca

            I don’t know any politicians personally so can’t concur. But, based on what is considered a lie anymore, everyone is a liar, in or out of politics.

      • Russell Byrd

        “Everyone else seems to think those measures were adopted to prevent voter fraud” is not in evidence and, on the contrary, most people know that it is false. As I told you before, you are just trolling to entertain yourself at others expense, and you use lies to do it. VERY Republicon.

        • angelsinca

          Ah Russell Byrd, the one of many wrongs and delusional assumption. Hope you have a fine weekend too. bye.

          • Russell Byrd

            Why say “bye,” when we both know you are chain posting again.

            As I told you before, you are just trolling to entertain yourself at
            others expense, and you use lies to do it. VERY Republicon.

  • docb

    More claptrap and dysfunction from the roberts activist court..No wonder they have the lowest approvals from 100 years forward…The conservative court deserve being in the toilet. along with the repub baggers in Congress.

    • TheSkalawag929

      docb you don’t seem to get it.
      We are in the toilet right along side them. The conservative court and the repub baggers as you call them may deserve to be in the toilet but we will be in there right along side them until we change the composition of our government from the bottom to the top. That means state and local races are just as important if not more so than national races.
      That’s what the republicans did and now they are reaping the benefits.
      Get out and vote Democratic in 2014 and convince all your friends and relatives to do the same. Otherwise we will be stuck in this toilet for awhile.

      • docb

        I have been an active Dem/Inde for 40+ years. I have never voted straight party ticket but for the person.

        • TheSkalawag929

          Okay you vote for the person. What is the purpose of your comment other than for information?

          • tax payer

            I am a racists, so I ne ver vote for Dark People.

          • Sand_Cat

            Well, you said it.

          • TheSkalawag929

            “I am a racists, so I ne ver vote for Dark People.”

            That sounds like your personal problem Tax Payer. You see your local Chaplain. His hours are Mon.-Sat 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and all day on Sundays.

          • tax payer

            Chaplains only care for money and to visit the dying. Priests love little boys, so they are of no help.

          • TheSkalawag929

            Sounds like you’re SOL unless you can find a preacher not telling politicians how to legislate. Good luck with that.

      • Lorr

        The gerrymandering by any party is wrong, it is not what our Democracy or our Constitution is about. We the people should demand that this be changed so that no one party should control voting districts.

        • TheSkalawag929

          How do you propose that your demands be fulfilled?
          Out of the goodness of the republicans heart I suppose.

          • Lorr

            No Today’s Republican has no heart. Why can’t the people, Republicans, Democrats, Independents and Libertarians who believe in the Democratic process to keep pressure on elected officials to pass laws that would prevent ANY party from gerrymandering. I know it is naïve, but since it is the 4th of July did some wishful thinking.

          • TheSkalawag929

            Lorr I think that it is the fear of the very pressure of which you speak that causes elected officials of the party that is disinclined to do the right thing for the country that causes gerrymandering.

            Don’t be embarrassed by your naivete. It was out of the same kind of naivete that this country was founded. Read the Declaration of Independence. You will see that it’s not a conservative document. Far from it. It is a document that goes against all that is conservative.

            I’m sure that there were conservatives telling the founders that their Liberal dreams and ideas were foolish and dangerous. Conservatives probably said things like if they went ahead with their foolishness that the world would end and God would be displeased. Yes I’m sure that they had their Pat Robertson’s of their day. But they forged ahead in spite of them.

            I believe conservatives were saying much the same thing then as the baggers are saying now and making the same arguments.

            Naivete is the birthplace of many great ideas and endeavors. Cynicism and conservatism are the killers of new ideas and dreams.

          • angelsinca

            “to do the right thing for the country that causes gerrymandering.”

            Of the many points you sre trying make (all of them to cast a shadow on the GOP), this one strikes a nerve. Whenever redistricting occurs, it is usually overseen buy a supposedly non-partisan panel, and is the result of accomodating demographic changes since the last gerrymander. Both parties do it. And both insist that redrawing voting district boundarires lines are ‘only’ a reversal of what the previous party had done in contempt of the other. It’s a silly game of political oneupmanship that always returns to a previous status.

          • TheSkalawag929

            By cherry picking my statement you make it look as though I’m saying that gerrymandering occurs in order to do the right thing for the country.

            That is not what I said or meant and is disingenuous on your part.

            You say that “Whenever redistricting occurs, it is usually overseen buy a supposedly non-partisan panel,..” The key word here is “supposedly”.

            The gerrymandering that took place recently has as far as has been reported has taken place in republican controlled states, and not with accommodating demographics in mind.

            The republicans have been redrawing their districts with the soul purpose of insuring pro republican election results.

            If there is a shadow being cast on the GOP it is the GOP that is casting it. I’m just pointing it out.

            I will admit that both parties redraw voting districts. But their reasons for doing are in complete opposition of each other. Republicans do it to insure elections in their favor.
            Democrats do it to bring back fairness and equality.

            There is no “oneupmanship”.

          • angelsinca

            Whatever you want to believe is your truth. In the district I live in, in CA, a panel of non-partisan judges has to approve any redistricting proposals. The latest gerrymander by “republicans” here seems to have returned to a more fair representation of voters WITHOUT carving out economically-challenged neighborhoods to ensure Democrat votes. It seems fairer, so the judges agree. But all districts are different. If you hold steadfast on the belief the other party operates strictly with malfeasance, they will never be able to do good in your eyes. Never. And so the myths and proganda remain.

          • Russell Byrd

            As we discussed before, THAT particular party does operate, if not strictly, then mostly with malfeasance. So the only myths and almost all the propaganda is associated with the your heroes. Open your eyes. As long as you have no platform, except to do whatever you can to make yourselves feel good at the expense of everyone else, then a decent person will NEVER see and good. There is no good to see, obviously.

          • angelsinca

            “As we discussed before”

            Actually, it’s wasn’t exactly ‘discussion’. It was more like you tossing around accusations supported by amatuerish psychoanalysis. Just where is that patriotic CIC of yours anyway? Out spending money that doesn’t belong to him, no doubt.

          • Russell Byrd

            Once again, just a diatribe of untruths. When in doubt mention Obama in as disrespectful manner as possible. The amatuerish psychoanalysis happened to peg you very well.

          • Sand_Cat

            All governments spend money “that doesn’t belong to them” if one questions the legitimacy of taxation.
            And Obama is not “our” CIC. He is CIC of the armed forces, not the country, a distinction many people seem unable to make.

          • angelsinca

            Thanks for exercising that continual need to keep the details in order, as beside the point as they are.

          • TheSkalawag929

            The fact that you use the term gerrymander to describe how republicans drew up their districts tells me that they were wrong in doing what they did and that you can’t be trusted to tell the truth.

          • Sand_Cat

            Provided the judges are truly non-partisan, sounds like a great idea. The question is, how does one tell, and who selects them?

          • Russell Byrd

            I can attest, angelsink is a horrendous cherry picker. I have had embarrassingly long discussions with him and that is a favored tool. Of course, lying, oops, manufacturing “facts” is probably his favorite tool.

          • angelsinca

            ” have had embarrassingly long discussions with him ”

            Sitting there with your typing fingers stuck on you and no one listening is not a ‘discussion’, bobbalouie.

          • Russell Byrd

            Then you are you being a hypocrite about it. If no one is listening to me, then they do not hear your lies either. I WIN!

            And you have one point, no one discusses anything with you. With you discussion is dictation to someone that is in total submission to you. You picked the wrong guy with me.

          • angelsinca

            What was that about ‘chain’ posting? Get your own life. You are only wasting mine. bye.

          • Russell Byrd

            You are wasting your own life. That is by definition. I did not make you come here to lie and disrupt. You did that all on your own. And why keep saying “bye” when we both know that you cannot control your impulses to keep on posting nonsense. I bet you will post again within an hour. Of course, you will post in an hour and a minute, so you can gloat. You are that infantile.

          • TheSkalawag929

            I hear you Russell Byrd and you are correct in your description of the toadstool gripper.

          • Sand_Cat

            Well, I wish I could agree wholeheartedly the Democrats “do it to bring back fairness and equality.”
            At this point in time, they are probably closer to that ideal than the Republicans by a fairly comfortable margin, but they’ve done their share of gerrymandering in the past, and probably will in the future.
            The best solution would be if a non-partisan (not “supposedly”) group drew the districts without the involvement of ANY political persons. The next best thing would be if a group of people unfamiliar with the political demographics of the state being re-districted could be assembled and charged with doing the job solely on the basis of population.
            Unfortunately, I won’t be holding my breath.

          • TheSkalawag929

            I’ll agree that democrats aren’t saints but they are a darn site better than republicans.
            I too like the idea of non-partisan drawing of district lines.

          • Russell Byrd

            You are so right. If Conservacons had their way, we would still be living in mud huts, dying before the age of 40, burning our neighbors as witches, and crapping in our own drinking water. They pretty much still want those same things today.

          • TheSkalawag929

            Seems like as they see it those were the good old days.

          • angelsinca

            “Today’s Republican has no heart.”

            Yesterday AND today’s Republican has heart, but for different things than their liberal counterparts. Usually for things that matter for everybody, and not just their own party or underprivileged segments.

          • Lorr

            You stated “Usually for things that matter for everybody, and not just their own party or underprivileged segments.”

            1. Cutting programs that help people and children living at and below the poverty level is not having a heart.

            2. Refusing to pass the American Jobs Act that would have put people back to work, is not in the best interest of everyone.

            3. Tax cuts for over 10 years that benefited the top 1% and Corporations, was not in the best interest of everybody, but definitely was in the Republican Party’s best interest.

            4. Dictating that women must have children they do not want is not in the best interest of everybody only for the Religious Zealots.

            5. Refusing to raise the minimum wage is not in the best interest of everyone, only benefits their Corporate Sugar Daddies and Mommies.

            6. Claiming they #1 agenda is Jobs, Jobs, Jobs – is a Lie, Lie, Lie their only agenda is:

            A. 37 attempts to Repeal Obamacare. They do not want
            to replace or work to make it better, because that would benefit everyone not just their party.

            B. Trying to stop women to exercise their legal right to make a choice to have a safe – legal abortion or not, is based on Religious beliefs not the Constitution.

            C. Denying Same Sex Marriage, again based on their Religious beliefs not the Constitution.
            7. Passing new Voting Laws, which targets the poor, people of color, people who have disabilities, the elderly is only in the best interest of your party not the Country. Your party only cares about the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution and disregards the rest.

          • angelsinca

            Thanks for the reply Lorr. Appreciate you listing most of the liberal anti-GOP talking points in one place. There is simply nothing that can be offered that will open the door to truth about the GOP vs the generally accepted opinions that all republicans and conservatives are bad.

            Despite the fact the half the citizenry falling into this contra-Democrat category that are supposedly trying to destroy the country with malice and forethought, the liberal talking points continue to comfort those that want to believe the propaganda of those myths.

            Trying to stay on the fence, it is increasingly difficult to believe either the Dems or the Reps when they start accusing each other of dubious intent with the same old he-said/she-said arguments.

            “1. Cutting programs that help people and children living at and below the poverty level is not having a heart”

            The govrnement isn’t supposed to have a heart. It is supposed to govern with the availble resources. Those resources have been sepnt elswhere. It isn’t the government’s job to give away food but to help those without it, to earn it for themselves.

            “2. Refusing to pass the American Jobs Act that would have put people back to work, is not in the best interest of everyone.”

            The Americans Job Creation Act of 2004 was passed and those ‘Bush tax breaks’ were summarliy eliminated to make Obamacare more affordable (though it still isn’t).

            “3. Tax cuts for over 10 years that benefited the top 1% and Corporations, was not in the best interest of everybody, but definitely was in the Republican Party’s best interest”

            See #2

          • Lorr

            The majority of Americans rejected the Republican’s FAILED economic policies and their policies on social issues as represented by the outcome of the 2008 and 2012 National Elections. Now the 2010 mid term elections the Republicans with their gerrymandering got control in the House. Please remember I think gerrymandering is WRONG no matter which party does it.

          • angelsinca

            There’s a jaded reason for everything. A slight ‘majority’ of Americans voted for Obama in 2012 because they didn’t like the other guy. The Dems lost the supermajority in 2010 when they alienated the voting majority with wanton abandon of voter wishes in those districts, despite what Maddow claims.

          • Lorr

            If you do not know that Gerrymandering got Republican Politicians control of the House in 2010 than you are in denial. I watch more than Maddow, and the only station I refuse to watch is Faux Fox News.

          • angelsinca

            “they voted against the Republican Platform”. “Gerrymandering got Republican Politicians control of the House in 2010.”

            Nice pro-Democrat theories. They just aren’t the genuine truth. Hope your weekend goes well too. Thanks

          • Russell Byrd

            You are really a pathetic troll. Is this entertainment for you? You deny the obvious and I am ecstatic about it. You and your disgusting fraud of a platform, i.e. a platform of hate for just about everyone, is going down. All the way down. If you can not see that, then I am truly satisfied as you are accelerating your own demise. COOL!

          • angelsinca

            Keep showing them how it’s not supposed to be done, snookems.

          • Russell Byrd

            More bulls**t, Obama won by the same percentage as Reagan’s “landslide.” The Democrats lost the supermajority because a lot of people fell for Teapublicon propaganda that made them depressed to even be an American. Keep talking like you do. The politics of hate will destroy you by demographics alone. Your mob hates everyone that is not a religious bigot, rich, male, and white. Yours is a dying breed. I do not need to defend this statement, because it is already happening. Gerrymandering, racial discrimination, misogyny, hatred for gays, and cheating is winning elections for now. Yet, with your numbers continuing to fall, all that will result in one pi**ed off electorate that hates your guts. What will you do then? Start that revolution you treasonous b*st*rds are always talking about? Or take it when you get the same treatment that you have been dishing out?

          • angelsinca

            Your facts are, once again, in the same place you keep your fantasies. Your ‘love’ for the gop and whites and conservatives and christians is what anti-hate crime legislation is designed for. You really ought to check those glass walls of yours before gathering another handful of rocks to throw, crazy person.

          • Russell Byrd

            The FACTS are easy to gather by any honest, sane person. We both know this and we both know why you are here, troll.

            The “facts” are as I have stated. . . .

            If telling the truth and making fact based decisions is crazy, then I guess I am. Generally, most people observe that chronic liars are mentally deranged. That be you. . . .

          • TheSkalawag929

            Excuse me but this point: “The Americans Job Creation Act of 2004 was passed and those ‘Bush tax breaks’ were summarliy eliminated to make Obamacare more affordable.”

            You have made a mistake with either the date, the facts or both. I’m leaning toward both.

          • angelsinca

            Look it up.

          • Russell Byrd

            As you have detected, angelsink posts blather at will. You are also correct, for he just makes this stuff up. He is just trying to engage you, and enrage you. He is a perfect Teapublicon and a credit to Rush Windbag and Fake News.

            Heit will just make up his information to fit the moment and, if he has a notion, heit will try to post until you give up and leave. You will never “beat” him on facts, because he does not care about them. If you have a proven idea, heit will just make up something outlandish to counter with. And it will go on and on and on.

          • TheSkalawag929

            Thanks for the heads up. I won’t be wasting any more of my time on it.

          • Russell Byrd

            You are addressing an offensive troll that never came to any of these groups to discuss anything. His high-handed generalizations of the wonders of his chosen party. You will never “tear down the walls of ill perception about the” truth that the GOP is outright evil. He will never offer any factual argument, but he will talk endlessly about that “ill perception” without giving any inkling of what that is. Once you have “acquired” this dirtbag, he will continue to post until you leave in disgust, OR devote an enormous amount of time debunking him. That is why he came, that is his desire, and that is why I call him a troll.

          • TheSkalawag929

            I have run into its kind on other sites. I won’t be wasting time on it in the future.

          • Sand_Cat

            Yes, you’re correct. The GOP of today seems determined to shaft just about everybody in the country (including themselves), except the 1%.

            To your other points, of course the GOP effort to disenfranchise potential Democratic voters has nothing to do with what they think is best for their on party.

            And shouldn’t those who need the help be the ones to get it, instead of the richest people on earth?

            Finally, if you honestly believe the centrists and moderate conservatives in today’s Democratic party are the “liberal counterparts” of those in the GOP, you’re obviously looking through the same distorting lens as the people who called John McCain a liberal. If you go far enough to the right, just about everybody else is to the left of you; that doesn’t make them “leftists,” or even “liberals.”

            And for someone who objects to “the belief the other party operates strictly with malfeasance,” you do a pretty fair job of it yourself.

          • angelsinca

            “Yes, you’re correct, The GOP of today seems determined to shaft just about everybody in the country..”

            This isn’t my contention. But it does sound like all the other untrue assaults on the GOP. Please refer to the ten commandments for clarification on false accusation.

            “And shouldn’t those who need the help be the ones to get it, instead of the richest people on earth?

            Yes, they should. As a taxpayer that sees so many needs for the poor, please explain how, when even the richest of the rich don’t spend $100M on a grand tour of Africa, Sand_cat is able to justify the in-your-face opulence by Obama, without the sensibilities being thoroughly offended.

          • Russell Byrd

            Brilliant post!

          • Sand_Cat

            The Republicans and Libertarians are busy making sure more people can’t vote. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be limited to the politicians.

  • sunmusing

    Ok, Tin foil hat time…We are experiencing a bloodless coup, staged by the Multi-National Corporations, fronted by the Chamber of Commerce…the second part of this is ALEC and the Koch boys, who are tearing up the States…All of this “Christian” stuff is diversion. What is happening in the States? Why are the Red States, using the coup of 2010 to advance their agenda, be in such a hurry? It is because the sane people of this country are starting to see for themselves the impact of the 2010 coup…I know, conspiracy theories abound, but there might be one or two that are not theories…the evidence is there, and some of the dots are being connected…I just wonder what that secret meeting of the two Justices and the big money folks in California were about…just before the Citizens’ United case was heard…Hmmm…ok tin foil hat back on…

    • TheSkalawag929

      There was no coup of 2010.
      There was an irrational belief by democrats that since Barack Obama, a black man, was elected president all was right with the world and there was no urgency to go to the polls to reinforce and maintain democratic majority in the House and Senate or defend their positions in state races.

      You wonder how republicans became so strong in state houses across the country. You wonder why are republicans are doing what they are doing with such rapidity. It was because democrats sat on the couch watching their election results in horror while the republicans were out there creating their election results with glee. And they are doing what they are doing because they know if they don’t get what they can now they may never get it. Democrats will be very busy trying to undo what republicans have done.

      • sunmusing

        The coup I’m referring to has been ongoing for a couple of years, culminating in the 2010 corporate take down of our political system…Dems will not save this nation anymore than a republican will…our government, save but a few, is corrupt…Wall Street, Big Corporate Everything has purchased, stolen, or legislated their coup…how free do you feel knowing a corporation can put you in jail, keep you in jail, and take everything away from you…that is our government now…Undo will not happen, there are not enough honest politicians to go against the terrible odds that have been stacked up against us while we were lulled to sleep. Then there is the Supreme Corporate Court…

        • TheSkalawag929

          It is up to the people to save our government. The people elected the corrupt politicians. The people can throw them out.

          You sound as though you have given up. If that is the case then YOU have already lost.
          No doubt that there were people that felt much the same as you do two hundred and thirty seven years ago. But that didn’t stop our great nation from being born.

          They can only do what to us what we allow them to. You can lay down for them if you want but don’t stand in the way of those who haven’t given up with your defeatist prattle.

          • tax payer

            It’ll be too late to throw them out because the damage will have been done already by the time they come up for re-election. We have no choice but to sit and wait, but don’t hold your breath hoping they will be there for you.

          • TheSkalawag929

            When something is damaged you repair it. The damage being done to our government at the moment might be considered extensive. But not irreparable.
            We begin repairs with the special elections then move on to the 2014 elections.
            Sitting around waiting only increases the amount and the costs of the repairs. As a concerned “tax payer” I’m sure you can see the folly in that.

        • idamag

          And people, like the tax payer, are facilitating the takedown.

        • RobertCHastings

          Great post!

      • angelsinca

        “Democrats will be very busy trying to undo what republicans have done.”

        As sure as the world turns, the cycle continues to repeat itself.

      • Sand_Cat

        “Democrats will be very busy trying to undo what republicans have done.”
        Unfortunately, they probably won’t.

        • TheSkalawag929

          We have to be more optimistic than that.

        • tax payer

          Both Parties aren’t there for us anymore, so be aware of who you vote for next time, but it seems it won’t do any good once they get that good position of control.

  • wjca

    If (I say IF) the Congress follows the recommendation of the Court, they will re-pass the VRA with provision for more current data to decide which areas need pre-authorization. Since the VRA was reauthorized with something like 90% approval in Congress, there is at least a tiny bit of hope that this will happen. And that would actually be a good thing.
    .
    On the other hand, the current Congress may continue its track record of minimal accomplishment. At which point, one can only hope that this gives one more reason to vote out the incumbants in favor of people who actually have some inclination to help govern the country.

    • TheSkalawag929

      wjca my great grandmother told me once that if is the biggest two letter word in the dictionary.
      IF I had turned left, IF i had gotten a couple more people to the polls, IF the Congress will do the right thing.
      Well here’s an IF for you. IF we all get busy and do what needs to be done to get record numbers of democrats registered and to the polls in 2014 we won’t have to be dependent on someone else.

      • wjca

        I confess that, as a life-long Republican, I would rather focus on getting record numbers of moderate Republicans to the polls and recovering my party from the disaster which has consumed it the last couple of decades. And since the country is better off with two sane parties who can alternate in government and actually govern, I think that would be better all around.

        • TheSkalawag929

          “…the country is better off with two sane parties who can alternate in government and actually govern, I think that would be better all around.”
          I agree. I can work with sane republicans.

          • angelsinca

            ” I can work with sane republicans”

            There’s hope in any challenge.

  • Catskinner

    If the Voter Rights Act ever had any value, it was long since passed, as evidenced by the way Eric Holder abused it in the run up to the last election. Hopefully the country will never see such a travesty again.

  • Robin

    Striking down voting rights is despicable as this author suggests. Now I am working hard to control my disgust. Most major spiritual belief systems teach compassion and non-judgement which is at times (especially this time) very hard to practice. America is being taken over by extremists who really are working for corporate best interests…Not the majority of Americans who need a safety net because Big Business wants to make them subjects working in sweat shops making corporate executives millions of dollars. I love America but I think capitalism has run its course and has now become infested with Greedy, Selfish, Individualists caring only for their gains. I am very sad that many middle class and lower middle class citizens are falling for their load of crap. In this respect I am talking about the Tea Party which began with good intent but has since been taken over by corporate agenda…And those American tea party citizens are not aware that the corporate agenda works against their best interests…SAD…WAKE UP

    • TheSkalawag929

      Robin at this point in time we need the HULK. We don’t need some compassionate spiritualist being non judgmental. Let loose your passion.
      We need motivated people out there taking the fight to the republicans. We need to get our behinds to the polls in 2014 for democrats.

    • RobertCHastings

      Excellent. You have clearly identified what the Occupy Movement was trying to alert us all to about two years ago. Our democracy is a plutocracy, in which monied interests are usurping the role of Congress by devising their own laws and getting their minions in Congress to pass them. The Tea Party is an offshoot of something the Koch brothers devised years ago.

  • tax payer

    It makes me think ( 5 ) are in the closet and they refuse to come out until every State lets them get married.

    • Russell Byrd

      When are you and Catskin tying the knot.

      This statement is no more outrageous than your statement above and no worse than your typical remark.