On the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, proponents of the landmark legislation are saying the law not only deserves to be celebrated for its historic achievements but must also be defended from an ongoing and coordinated attack against the principles it embodies.
With the current makeup of SCOTUS and the RepugniCANT control of the House and Senate, the assault (on the Voting Rights Act of 1965) undermining the right to vote (especially in minority communities in the South) will continue. Fifty years later and there are those in power who still seek to disenfranchise and marginalize any and all citizens excepting the moneyed interests. How very, very sad indeed!
It's a shame it took 99 years after the first voting rights act for people to quit trying to find a way around it (Jim Crow) . I think everyone should just be automatically registered and issued a voting card when they turn 18.
Republicans could not win without suppressing the vote everywhere, even here on CD, posing as progressives.
Conservative's racist, fascist War on Drugs/Private prison complex is one way conservatives disenfranchises minorities from voting.
It's a shame that our Supreme Court is not actually really supreme.
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As an Australian ex Town Deputy Mayor, Liberal Party Candidate and State Councillor etc, now living 25 years in Vietnam aged 71, I see Socialist single party democracy way ahead of USA version of independence Freedom and Happiness )Even pursuit of) and Australian streets, no Kilometers ahead of course.
USA either Party have too great an investment on just the opposite, American non-democratic Capitalism and inequality to ever examine better systems,
Can people like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren not see and suggest that American superiority delusions of grandeur or exceptional-ism arrogance, they will not look at Australia's compulsory voting and proportional preferential voting with failed preference vote recounted for residual 2 candidates in any race so 92% of voting age do cast a vote as against only 42% get off their bums to bother choosing when they consider the choices identical cruel to the masses.
In Australia 1 vote more than half of those say 80% valid votes mean nerly half the population can boast they have the candidate they least reject win every poll.
But no way can USA supremacy grandeur delusions condescend to even consider a young Brother or Parent's systems for the Mighty New World Order Yankee people.
The photo that accompanies this article shows exactly why we must phase out the VRA. The VRA is part of the Great Society Agenda (welfare, etc.) that America now rejects, and that Democrats have been slowly dismantling ever since the Clinton admin.
Voter suppression measures, particularly the photo ID mandate, is a complex issue. Those most likely to lose their right to vote by the ID mandate are the poor, elderly and the disabled who live outside of the major cities. Few of these have cars, and they lack access to the nearest DMV (where the IDs are made available). The majority of US poor are white, and live outside the major cities. Incorrectly defining voter suppression measures as being a racial rather than class issue misidentifies the problem. You can't actually resolve a problem if you don't understand that problem.
I doubt that it's possible to actually understand another nation in terms of its politics and attitudes unless you actually live in it. And even then, what you see can be very different from what someone else sees, depending on economic class, etc.
Americans often complain about low voter turnout, and they inevitably attribute it to laziness. Evidently, they don't consider the difference between "too lazy to vote," and withholding one's vote. US liberals are especially inclined toward "wailing and gnashing of teeth" over low voter turnout. Here's reality: We have two major parties, Democrats and Republicans.Especially in presidential elections, very few "take a chance" on voting third party.The Rs represent the interests of the rich, and the Ds today represent the middle class and rich (with an occasional pat on the head to low wage workers). America has a poverty crisis. The poor have absolutely no representation in government. For whom can the poor -- and those who get why unrelieved poverty is such a critical national issue -- vote today? I suppose one option is to pick one of the third parties, none of which stands with the poor today, but what would be the point?
The old argument that the Democrats are the "lesser of the evils" is no longer true for the poor. This year alone, they agreed to virtually end food stamps to the elderly poor, the disabled and low wage workers. I certainly don't support that. Not only do I think the "war on the poor" is immoral and grossly unjust, but have been around long enough to see how damaging it has been to the whole of the economy. Since Clinton, Republicans have pretty much stepped back and let the Democrats target the poor, knowing that liberals will then shrug their shoulders and move on to the next issue.
The topic is more profound, more consequential, than the right to vote and the VRA.
¿ What is the use of the vote when the choices on the ballot don't serve the voter's interests, and when the resulting government treats the voter like a serf or share-cropper?
Consider this paradox: Some of the lowest voter participation rates are in solid one-party districts represented by Civil Rights Champions. Eddie Bernice Johnson's district in Texas is one example.
And consider this quote:
Saying that voting constitutes only one part of the
political process, RATM's missive, in perhaps a bit
of foreshadowing, then states, "Protest
movements, demonstrations, strikes, civil
disobedience, art, literature, and conflict have
always had more influence in this country than the
vote." --Rage Against the Machine, Aug 2000
-- A recent example is that of change following the riots following the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson MO, &c. A contra-positive example is the political actions that have happened, perhaps out of fear of riots, following the killing of 9 blacks in Charleston SC by Dylann Roof.