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Selma and Voting Rights: Commemoration or Legislation?


Selma and Voting Rights: Commemoration or Legislation?

Chris Kromm

SELMA, Ala. — This weekend, tens of thousands of people—including nearly one-fifth of the U.S. Congress and President Obama—are descending on Alabama to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the famous Selma to Montgomery march.


Ironic, ain’t it, that the Voting Rights Act is being gutted by our failure to pay sufficient attention as to whom we were actually voting for …


Restoring or strengthening g the Voter Rights Act would be so easy according to Obama. Why all we have to do is send the hundred existing Congressman who attended the Selma Memorial with the evangelical task of convincing another 100 Congressman the rightness of their cause. Shouldn’t be hard because all of those elected Representatives in Congress want that too, as do our Senators and our Supreme Court. Why voting is as American as apple pie, who could be against it.
Write your Congressman if he is reluctant, all he has to see is that American public really wants this and that will turn him around.

Barack used his voice in exhortation but really does he really think votes in Washington can be turned on moral principles? Does anyone think that this hopeless cess pool of self interested politicians in Washington who only represent the interests of the elite class of which they are a part would want a wider more participatory democracy? Barack is blowing cheap rhetorical smoke and diverting us from a realistic assessment of what it would take to really change Washington. What do you expect, he is a child of the same corrupt politics and well knows how to survive by tactics of deception, diversion and self congratulation about what an “exceptional” country we are. Although some are impressed by his rhetoric many more are starting to see through it. The charade won’t hold up much longer.