Say goodbye to Democracy in the South

Today as you all know, a segment in the Voting Rights Act was ruled unconstitutional. More specifically, it was a segment where laws passed by southern states had to be approved by the federal government. That is no more and guess what? Not two hours later, Texas passed a bill that reduces the number of polling places in heavily black and latino areas.

http://tv.msnbc.com/2013/06/25/that-was-quick-texas-moves-ahead-with-discriminatory-voting-laws/

With this it’s good to know who our enemies are. Of course there are going to be naysayers of my claim. To which I say, you are not fooling anyone. This is a bill that prevented elected officials from changing the voting laws so that they can chose who can vote. An elected official who goes through the democratic system and has a goal to get elected gets to chose who can and who cannot vote. If that is Democracy to you, then you are either a liar or you are a sore loser from the last election. This was in the bill for a very good reason. these states that had to go through the process were states with a long history of racism. Before the act, you had laws that made it very difficult for blacks to vote. They had things such as poll tax, forcing you to pay for a vote and literacy tests that not even an English Graduate could pass. This happened because elected officials do not like democracy and in a long history of racism and bigotry, they had an enemy who could vote them out of the office. What did they do? changed the laws so they could stay in power. Now already it hasn’t even been a day and there are laws being passed to do just the same thing.

Politicians love Democracy the same way businesses love competition.

  1. #1 by cav on June 25, 2013 - 11:20 pm

    Another “Citizens United.”

  2. #2 by Larry Bergan on June 26, 2013 - 12:14 am

    Good post!

    Democracy in the south and the north is at issue here. As a white man, I depend on minorities to gain my freedom these days. They wish to make slaves of all of us who fall through the cracks of capitalism.

    Why can’t people be content with making a decent living. We never wanted to hurt you.

  3. #3 by Richard Warnick on June 26, 2013 - 9:30 am

    Of course, the DOJ can still sue Texas under the VRA but the key provision of the law has been struck down.

    Made the MSNBC URL into a link.

  4. #4 by Richard Warnick on June 26, 2013 - 9:31 am

    Waiting for Glenden’s post on today’s SCOTUS rulings.

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