Sadly, the federal Voting Rights Act still has work to do

The federal Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965, in the aftermath of a bloody assault on voting-rights protesters in Selma, Ala.. The law remains one of the crowning achievements of the civil rights movement, but almost 50 years later, conservatives argue that important provisions of that law have outlived their usefulness.

There’s no question that the nation as a whole, and the South in particular, has made enormous strides over the past half century. Every American can take pride in those hard-won improvements. But has discrimination against minority voters in Georgia and other states disappeared to the point that federal intervention into state and local elections is no longer justified?

Ten years ago, I might have said yes. Not today. Passage of Georgia’s voter ID law back in 2005, and the legal battle that followed, changed my mind about the relevance of the Voting Rights Act, proving that it remains a necessary part of American law.

Today, Georgia’s voter ID law is cited by many conservatives and even some liberals as a national model. I have come to agree. While the Georgia law requires that a government-issued photo ID be presented when voting, it also attempts to ensure that voter identification is easy to obtain and is free for those who can’t afford it. As a result of that balance, there is little evidence that Georgia’s law has reduced minority participation.

However, that was not the case when the law was first passed. The initial bill that became law in 2005 made little attempt to make voter ID easily obtainable. It charged citizens $20 to $35 to obtain the necessary ID, which for poorer Americans can be a significant outlay of cash and might dissuade them from voting. And it gave voters no time to prepare for the law’s requirements.

That’s where the Voting Rights Act proved its merit. Lawsuits were filed, and federal judges immediately blocked Georgia’s voter ID law, ruling that it was an illegal effort to curtail minority voting. In 2006, the Georgia Legislature took the hint, rescinding its earlier law and replacing it with a much-improved bill. The new law offered voter identification for free, and required every Georgia county to issue such ID, removing the need for voters to travel long distances to obtain the document. The state also committed to a broad education effort to ensure that voters wouldn’t be surprised by the new law when they showed up at their precincts.

With those important improvements, federal courts upheld the new law. But those necessary, laudable improvements would not have taken place without the Voting Rights Act.

The law continues to prove itself necessary. In the midst of the heated 2012 campaign, a federal judge in Texas blocked that state’s new voter ID law, ruling that if put into effect the law would almost certainly lower minority participation. In that ruling, the judge specifically criticized the Texas law for not including safeguards contained in Georgia law.

In Florida last year, Republican state officials attempted to dramatically reduce early voting, an option that minority voters rely upon heavily. A federal appeals court used Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act to block that move, noting that “a dramatic reduction in the form of voting that is disproportionately used by African-Americans would make it materially more difficult for some minority voters to cast a ballot.”

And last year, a three-judge appellate panel approved South Carolina’s new voter ID law for use in 2013 and thereafter, again citing Georgia’s landmark law as a standard. But Judge John W. Bates — an appointee of President George W. Bush — thought it important to note that without the specter of federal oversight, South Carolina legislators would have passed a law that was much more unfair.

“… one cannot doubt the vital function that Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act has played here,” Bates wrote. “Without the review process under the Voting Rights Act, South Carolina’s voter photo ID law certainly would have been more restrictive. Rather, the history of (the South Carolina law) demonstrates the continuing utility of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act in deterring problematic, and hence encouraging non-discriminatory, changes in state and local voting laws.”

In Washington today, nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether Section 5 remains relevant. All-too-recent history proves that it is relevant indeed.

– Jay Bookman

290 comments Add your comment

stands for decibels

February 27th, 2013
10:21 am

Jay is a nice guy, just like MIB, he’s from another planet/alternate reality.

Hey, ronin, a polite request, one I’ve mad of another guy who claimed Jay’s opinions were “far outside of the mainstream.”

How about some examples?

Which of his positions on major issues are “from another planet,” which I am interpreting to mean, positions that are only held by a fringe group of (presumably) hard-lefties?

I’d expect some kind of polling data to support whatever example you give. If you can find something Jay’s asserted that doesn’t enjoy, say, at least 35% support among the general public, I’d really like to know about it. Hell, let’s say 40%. Make it “easy” for ya.

go ahead. Let me know. I want to hear, really, I do.

TaxPayer

February 27th, 2013
10:22 am

So. Scout votes Republican now because southern Democrats of that time voted against the voting rights act. I can believe that.

Brosephus™ - Desktop but still Multitasking

February 27th, 2013
10:23 am

Another example of being uninformed since that one has been proven many times as well.

Shorter: I found a link at pulledoutofmyass.org

:roll:

Chip

February 27th, 2013
10:23 am

Jay, the Supreme Court case, as I understand it, is about Section 5, not the entire law. I get the value of having a federal Voting Rights Act, but why do we need the pre-review mandates of Section 5 as they apply to only some states? Voter ID laws can and have been challenged in court in states not covered by Section 5’s pre-review, so those laws themselves don’t make the case for keeping Section 5. And the abuses cited in the comments reach far beyond the South (Ohio being one prominent example). Election problems are not limited to the South. So why should Section 5, which targets Southern states, remain as is? Either pre-review should apply to all 50 states, or it should be removed.

curious

February 27th, 2013
10:23 am

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801
“The federal Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965, in the aftermath of a bloody assault on voting-rights protesters in Selma, Ala..
And who tried to block it ?”

“DEMOCRATS !”

Surely you’re old enough and smart enough to know that those Democrats trying to block the law where Southern Conservatives that belonged to the Democratic party. They’ve since migrated to the Republican Party.

The reason the South was solid Democratic was the left over animosity toward Lincoln, Republicans, and the Civil War.

Brosephus™: You can't stop my vote, Homie!!

February 27th, 2013
10:25 am

I said “deliberately?” with a question mark since maybe DGA is leaving that in to make a point to the ajc’s IT folks that this is ANNOYINGGGGGG.

She is. Funny thing is, I get that link when using the tablet but not when using the pc.

td

February 27th, 2013
10:25 am

“Between 8 November and 12 December 2000, myriad technical ballot issues were discussed and debated over the airwaves and litigated in the courts. Among those issues were “butterfly” ballots, hanging, dangling, and impregnated chads, and absent postmarks on absentee military ballots. Issues surrounding the military vote quickly became a political football as the Democrats sought to disqualify as many overseas ballots as possible and Republicans sought the reverse. Some observers characterized the votes of hundreds of servicemen and women as “flawed,”6 whereas others decried the disenfranchisement of countless patriotic citizens through no fault of their own.7 A Democratic operative wrote a memorandum detailing the grounds on which to disqualify overseas ballots causing howls of protests that led Senator Lieberman, the Democratic vice presidential candidate, to effectively disavow the strategy.8 Nevertheless, the discrepancy of military overseas votes accepted by Republican-dominated counties and those rejected by Democrat-dominated counties is striking. According to a commentary in the Wall Street Journal,

A total of 356 overseas military ballots were disallowed due to postmark challenges and another 157 because there was no independent record of requests for state absentee ballots. Combined with other causes, a total of 788 military absentee ballots were rejected. In Bush counties, 29 percent of overseas ballots were disallowed, but the figure was 60 percent in Gore counties; in pliant Broward, the Gore kill rate was 77 percent.9 ”

http://www.servicemembers-lawcenter.org/LAW_REVIEW_109.html

Doggone/GA

February 27th, 2013
10:26 am

“As judges in South Carolina and Texas demonstrated, Georgia law is a good standard to use. That’s why it IS time to remove Georgia from VRA jurisdiction. – See more at: http://blogs.ajc.com/jay-bookman-blog/2013/02/27/sadly-the-federal-voting-rights-act-still-has-work-to-do/?cp=2#comment-1244892

and, again, it wouldn’t BE so good if not for the VRA. We still need the VRA to ensure that some jerk in GA doesn’t get a wild hair to change it to something stupid again.

Brosephus™: You can't stop my vote, Homie!!

February 27th, 2013
10:26 am

And the abuses cited in the comments reach far beyond the South (Ohio being one prominent example). Election problems are not limited to the South. So why should Section 5, which targets Southern states, remain as is?

Without that challenge, Georgia’s law would not be what it is, that’s why it should remain. Honestly, I think it should remain as long as anybody born in the 1960’s is still breathing.

Doggone/GA

February 27th, 2013
10:28 am

“Funny thing is, I get that link when using the tablet but not when using the pc – See more at: http://blogs.ajc.com/jay-bookman-blog/2013/02/27/sadly-the-federal-voting-rights-act-still-has-work-to-do/?cp=3#sthash.p6Toc5NY.dpuf

and I get it on both PCs that I use!

Nero

February 27th, 2013
10:29 am

The quid pro quo from the Obamacare ruling is upon us. Section 5 is unconstitutional and is toast. SCOTUS will formulate a limited ruling and strike it while leaving the rest unchanged. There will be a lot of whining and prognostications of doom and how minority voting rights are on their last legs. Then the naysayers will be shown to be fools as the people move on with their lives and continue to vote like they have for the last 48 years. Section 5 is in it’s death spiral.

Real Scootter

February 27th, 2013
10:29 am

As many times as it takes. It’s not ME doing that, it happens everytime I copy something and it’s damned annoying.

Doggone,

I’m having the same problem. Do you have any idea why this is happening?

indigo

February 27th, 2013
10:30 am

The Voting Rights Act and Affirmative Action were given to African-Americans when they needed it, many years ago. Those who say we still need these things are, in effect, saying America is in a permanent grip of white racism. I do not believe this to be true.

However, common sense will tell you that, once a group of people get special treatment, a sizable number of them will NEVER voluntarily give it up and will insist on the need of it’s continuance.

Unfortunately, common sense is becomming less and less common here.

Brosephus™: You can't stop my vote, Homie!!

February 27th, 2013
10:32 am

And Nero’s on board with Apartheid, American Style™ :roll:

You gotta maintain your power and superiority by any means necessary.

:lol:

Cherokee

February 27th, 2013
10:32 am

“Cleveland, Philadelphia, Miami and Richmond”

And there are no poor elderly folks in those places?

And of course, you didn’t ’see’ them at all…just heard about them, likely from Rush or Sean…

ND

February 27th, 2013
10:32 am

Forget voter ID — look no further than the antics pulled by Virginia’s legislature recently for proof of why the Voting Rights Act is still necessary.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/22/virginia-redistricting_n_2528519.html

Doggone/GA

February 27th, 2013
10:33 am

“I’m having the same problem. Do you have any idea why this is happening? – See more at: http://blogs.ajc.com/jay-bookman-blog/2013/02/27/sadly-the-federal-voting-rights-act-still-has-work-to-do/?cp=3#comment-1244908

Nope, I don’t. It started for me sometime yesterday. I know a lot of new sites have that added if you copy from them, this is the first time I’ve ever run into it on a blog of any kind.

jhunt163

February 27th, 2013
10:33 am

I still think they should de-couple Presidential elections from House and Senate elections. Let the State legislature appoint a slate of electors like the Constitution instructs them to. Then maybe people will finally be able to recognize who their local state Congressmen and Senators are. This would also prevent current and future Presidents from spending over two years in an election mode.

williebkind

February 27th, 2013
10:33 am

“Why do you despise democracy so much, Scout?”

Well, I am not speaking for Scout but we are not a “DEMOCRACY” we are a REPRESENTED GOVERNMENT of the people for the people by the people. You liberals just want to change it to fit your life styles. Many find that vile and disgusting.

stands for decibels

February 27th, 2013
10:34 am

According to a commentary in the Wall Street Journal,

ha ha ha ha ha.

Oh, you are high-larious, td. The WSJ’s opinion pages? The same folks who dubbed people too poor to pay income taxes as “luckie duckies” back in 2002?

Oscar

February 27th, 2013
10:35 am

Curious – History did not start with Licoln and the civil war. The south was voting democrat long before thewar for southern independence began. Look up the history.

curious

February 27th, 2013
10:35 am

Ronin

“The truth is, no person that receives government assistance should be allowed to vote,”

That’ll purge the rolls pretty good. No telling how many farmers, young military families, students, people in nursing homes paid for with medicaid, etc will fall by the wayside.

Heck, with that approach, we’ll accelerate the Country on a path to revolution.

Brosephus™: You can't stop my vote, Homie!!

February 27th, 2013
10:35 am

Those who say we still need these things are, in effect, saying America is in a permanent grip of white racism. I do not believe this to be true.

However, common sense will tell you that, once a group of people get special treatment, a sizable number of them will NEVER voluntarily give it up and will insist on the need of it’s continuance.

So, when are you White people going to voluntarily give up the idea that America is your’s and your’s only? The sooner you get rid of that attitude, the sooner nobody needs any “special” protections. The protections are there because of the action of Whites, not the minorities.

Nero

February 27th, 2013
10:35 am

Federal voter ID provisions should be proposed that are based on Georgia’s standards. It’s passing constitutional muster in the courts, and will eliminate the national disparity amongst the states.

Doggone/GA

February 27th, 2013
10:35 am

“However, common sense will tell you that, once a group of people get special treatment – See more at: http://blogs.ajc.com/jay-bookman-blog/2013/02/27/sadly-the-federal-voting-rights-act-still-has-work-to-do/?cp=3#comment-1244916

so now it’s “special treatment” to protect the Constitutional rights of ALL citizens. Guess again.

stands for decibels

February 27th, 2013
10:35 am

we are not a “DEMOCRACY” we are a REPRESENTED GOVERNMENT

Yet another reason we need the VRA.

TBS

February 27th, 2013
10:36 am

“Stay blind and uninformed if you choose to and continue to back up the stereotype of the typical Democratic voter. Poor, uneducated, not knowing history and not understanding economics.”

Why are you projecting onto others the exact same thing you were doing last night. Heck you are pretty close to reciting the same lines you did when YOU depicted Democrat voters..

Oh the irony. td puts it on everything from his fruit loops, pies to his greens

Bernie

February 27th, 2013
10:36 am

td @ 10:01 am – if there is an organization that provides medical care for your type of mental Illness, please let me know…I would like to write to a check to them and make a donation.

UNCLE SAMANTHA

February 27th, 2013
10:36 am

SO REPUBLICANS ARE REALLY DEMOCRATS

THAT EXPLAINS EVERYTHING

Oscar

February 27th, 2013
10:37 am

Willie, Willie Willie. Get over it. We are a democracy – a representative democracy.

williebkind

February 27th, 2013
10:37 am

The voting rights act did do some good things but it turned into pushing the minority over the majority, creating a vast ill informed, and using civil rights not to make one equal but to give themselves total power. This act has outlived its usefulness and the nine states should be treated equally with the rest of the union. We know the federal government will use any excuse to continue punishing the south.

Doggone/GA

February 27th, 2013
10:37 am

“Well, I am not speaking for Scout but we are not a “DEMOCRACY” we are a REPRESENTED GOVERNMENT of the people for the people by the people – See more at: http://blogs.ajc.com/jay-bookman-blog/2013/02/27/sadly-the-federal-voting-rights-act-still-has-work-to-do/?cp=3#comment-1244924

Yep, we’re a representative democracy

Nero

February 27th, 2013
10:39 am

And Brosephus is on board with permanent minority crutch status. :)

Partisay

February 27th, 2013
10:39 am

Who has proven this many times? Ann Coulter?

Keyser Soze

February 27th, 2013
10:40 am

UNCLE SAMANTHA

February 27th, 2013
10:41 am

ONCE THE REPUBLICAN PARTY KICKS OUT THE DEMOCRATS……… THEIR PARTY WILL BE JUST FINE

UNCLE SAMANTHA

February 27th, 2013
10:42 am

LOCAL DEMOCRATS WHO ARE NOW REPUBLICANS
SONNY PURDUE
NATHAN DEAL

AND THAT IS WHY DEMOCRATS COMPLAIN ABOUT SONNY AND NATHAN…… THEY HATE DEMOCRATS TOO

Brosephus™: You can't stop my vote, Homie!!

February 27th, 2013
10:42 am

And Brosephus is on board with permanent minority crutch status.

Nope, I’m actually trying to save y’all White folks when you’re the minority. Do you think you can have a history of death and discrimination such as American Whites and expect to get favorable treatment as a minority when the oppressed become the majority? I like to think and see the best in people, but human nature rules the day.

Every minority protection you do away with will be one your descendents may have to fight to obtain in the future. My goal is to make that fight unnecessary.

Real Scootter

February 27th, 2013
10:42 am

Nope, I don’t. It started for me sometime yesterday. I know a lot of new sites have that added if you copy from them, this is the first time I’ve ever run into it on a blog of any kind.

Same here Doggone! I just started deleting it from the comment that I copy as you can see above.And it is annoying!

td

February 27th, 2013
10:42 am

More proof that the LSM is nothing more then the propaganda arm of the Obama administration. Protecting the first lady from looking like a fool is now the mission:

For the broadcast, ABC’s Good Morning America producers edited out the first lady’s “automatic weapon” line.

“She was standing out in a park with her friends in a neighborhood blocks away from where my kids grow – grew – up, where our house is. And she was caught in the line of fire. I just don’t want to keep disappointing our kids in this country. I want them to know that we put them first.”

In the web edition of the story, however, Michelle Obama appears to be quoted in full:

“She was standing out in a park with her friends in a neighborhood blocks away from where my kids…grew up, where our house is. She had just taken a chemistry test. And she was caught in the line of fire because some kids had some automatic weapons they didn’t need,” she said. “I just don’t want to keep disappointing our kids in this country. I want them to know that we put them first.”

http://washingtonexaminer.com/abc-defends-editing-michelle-obamas-automatic-weapon-claim/article/2522628

Oscar

February 27th, 2013
10:43 am

I have been voting early for yyears. Beats standing in long lines on election day.
My guess is that’s the reason minority voters do it. Some voting areas have way to few voting machines and places to vote for the number of voters, so the lines are extremely long. Many in minotrity aress, and not just in the south. And sometimes the machines don’t work. Think maybe that happens on purpose to keep them from voting. So they try to get around tht by voting early.

Doggone/GA

February 27th, 2013
10:43 am

“I just started deleting it from the comment that I copy as you can see above.And it is annoying! – See more at: http://blogs.ajc.com/jay-bookman-blog/2013/02/27/sadly-the-federal-voting-rights-act-still-has-work-to-do/?cp=3#comment-1244934

I did too, but that got old REAL quick. So I’m taking that attitude that the AJC wants it there…so they’re going to get it there!

Nero

February 27th, 2013
10:44 am

Brocephus: “Help! Help! I’m being repressed!” :)

http://youtu.be/GS_1bzaj2fw

Welcome to the Occupation

February 27th, 2013
10:44 am

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801 : “Off to the dog park ”

May it be festooned with turds!

Oscar

February 27th, 2013
10:45 am

Soze – We are both a democracy and a republic. They are not mutually exclusive.

Jerome Horwitz

February 27th, 2013
10:45 am

Hey Kam – Going to catch the Blues this PM? 2:30 on Fox Soccer.

Joe Hussein Mama

February 27th, 2013
10:45 am

Hey, Scootter, I didn’t see your question to me last evening until this morning, So I’ve left you a reply a couple floors downstairs:

http://blogs.ajc.com/jay-bookman-blog/2013/02/26/drug-testing-of-welfare-applicants-violates-constitution/?cp=7#comment-1244784

Oscar

February 27th, 2013
10:46 am

Welcome – Wash your mouth out with soap – now.

curious

February 27th, 2013
10:47 am

Oscar

The debate over slavery began long before the Civil war and the Republican Party didn’t come into existence until shortly before the war.

st simons - he-ne-ha

February 27th, 2013
10:48 am

down heah in Fla, the church buses can rouuund em up, tote ‘em to the
polls and feed & campaign ‘em right up to the front door of the polling
place, which if the locals can arrange it, is (you guessed it) a church.

It is a TRAVESTY the cons legislated to stop this practice!

Oh wait…. they didn’t…..

Jerome Horwitz

February 27th, 2013
10:49 am

Looking forward to the day that the US reaches minority majority status and the right wingers here are sreaming for protection from that new majority. When that day comes I hope you’ll have compassion on me for supporting your rights when others advocated taking them away.

Brosephus™: You can't stop my vote, Homie!!

February 27th, 2013
10:49 am

td

You’re late to the “automatic weapon” whinefest. Scout started that yesterday or whenever that stuff got posted on their website. Seems as though you’ve dropped down on the email chain list. Not getting the talking points hot and fresh anymore, huh?

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

————–

Nero

You may think I’m joking, but I’m serious. There was an experiment done a while back where there was a role reversal or something like that, and the ones that were oppressed turned worse when they were in charge. Human nature is a beast that can’t be tamed easily.

Lord Help Us

February 27th, 2013
10:50 am

‘May it be festooned with turds!’

I can guarantee that I least one large specimen will be there…

TBS

February 27th, 2013
10:51 am

Florida shortened the number of early voting days.

How did that work?

On to the next excuse

williebkind

February 27th, 2013
10:52 am

“Willie, Willie Willie. Get over it. We are a democracy – a representative democracy.”

No no no, you should stop trying to change the greatest country that ever existed for you personal life styles.

curious

February 27th, 2013
10:55 am

From Wikipedia:

“The United States Republican Party is the second oldest existing political party in the US after its great rival, the Democratic Party. It emerged in 1854 to combat the Kansas Nebraska Act which threatened to extend slavery into the territories ; It had almost no presence in the South, but by 1858 in the North it had enlisted former Whigs and former Free Soil Democrats to form majorities in nearly every Northern state.

With its election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860, and its success in guiding the Union to victory and abolishing slavery, it came to dominate the national scene until 1932. The Republican Party was based on northern white Protestants, businessmen, professionals, factory workers, farmers, and African-Americans. It was pro-business, supporting banks, the gold standard, railroads, and tariffs to protect industrial workers and industry.

The GOP expanded its base throughout the South after 1968 (except for 1976), largely due to its strength among socially conservative white Evangelical Protestants angered by desegregation.”

Nero

February 27th, 2013
10:57 am

Brocephus,

I look forward to my future status as a minority. If you feel the need for some angry black man revenge by becoming the exact thing your side rails about, then I wish you luck. Just remember your advice when the Latino tidal wave swallows you as well. :)

moonbat betty

February 27th, 2013
10:57 am

“Looking forward to the day that the US reaches minority majority status and the right wingers here are sreaming for protection from that new majority. When that day comes I hope you’ll have compassion on me for supporting your rights when others advocated taking them away.”

I guess if you are a European-American, you will have to wear a “D” on your forehead?

Real Scootter

February 27th, 2013
10:57 am

Joe Hussein Mama

February 27th, 2013
10:45 am

Thanks JHM! Yes,they do sound plausible.Sorry that I have poor reading skills,I was having a hard time keeping up with y’all’s conversation. That’s why I asked that question of you.Thanks again!

Joe Hussein Mama

February 27th, 2013
10:59 am

Scootter — no worries, buddy :)

In my book, polite questions deserve polite replies.

Redcoat

February 27th, 2013
10:59 am

Who is it now that says they can’t vote?

Joe Hussein Mama

February 27th, 2013
10:59 am

moonbat betty

February 27th, 2013
10:59 am

What a lot of the European-American dems don’t realize that as the minority base increases, there is actually more friction between African-Americans and Latino-Americans.

td

February 27th, 2013
11:00 am

TBS

February 27th, 2013
10:51 am

Florida shortened the number of early voting days.

How did that work?

On to the next excuse

And those early voting days need to be shortened even further. One weekend (Fri, Sat Sun) to vote in person with a photo id. Only absentee ballots are for those that can have a certified reason from their place of employment or serving in the military.

If people can not take the responsibility of the above then they should not vote.

Partisay

February 27th, 2013
11:01 am

td – More proof that the LSM is nothing more then the propaganda arm of the Obama administration.

td..your just still mad the LSM didn’t edit out or fix some of these past comments from a former president

For every fatal shooting, there were roughly three non-fatal shootings. And, folks, this is unacceptable in America. It’s just unacceptable. And we’re going to do something about it.
May 14, 2001

I know what I believe. I will continue to articulate what I believe and what I believe – I believe what I believe is right.
July 11, 2001

I’m also not very analytical. You know I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about myself, about why I do things.
June 4, 2003

The important question is, how many hands have I shaked.
Oct 22, 1999

Tribal sovereignty means just that, it’s sovereign. You’re a — you’ve been given sovereignty, and you’re viewed as a sovereign entity. And, therefore, the relationship between the federal government and tribes is one between sovereign entities.
Auguest 6, 2004

I miss W

JKL2

February 27th, 2013
11:01 am

joe mama- her behavior is all an act, calculated to sell books and personal appearances

Well said. I love her articles but hate to see her in person. As for credibility, I dare anyone to site another author who footnotes more than she does. Unlike most of her critics, her bibliographies are legendary.

Granny Godzilla

February 27th, 2013
11:01 am

Ronin

In my youth I did do some Tokyo stomping but as I grew I made it my mission to save the world.

Hard work, gotta’ do it.

Wouldn’t be prudent not to save the world.

JKL2

February 27th, 2013
11:03 am

-Jay Bookman Sadly, the federal Voting Rights Act still has work to do

Where’s Jimmy Carter when you need him…

UNCLE SAMANTHA

February 27th, 2013
11:04 am

Willie

YOU CAN LEAD A LIBERAL TO KNOWLEDGE….. BUT YOU CANT MAKE THEM COMPREHEND

Is the United States a democracy?
The Pledge of Allegiance includes the phrase: “and to the republic for which it stands.” Is the United States of America a republic? I always thought it was a democracy? What’s the difference between the two?

The United States is, indeed, a republic, not a democracy. Accurately defined, a democracy is a form of government in which the people decide policy matters directly–through town hall meetings or by voting on ballot initiatives and referendums. A republic, on the other hand, is a system in which the people choose representatives who, in turn, make policy decisions on their behalf. The Framers of the Constitution were altogether fearful of pure democracy. Everything they read and studied taught them that pure democracies “have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths” (Federalist No. 10).

Redcoat

February 27th, 2013
11:04 am

Who is it now that says they can’t vote?………anyone?

indigo

February 27th, 2013
11:06 am

Brosephus – 10:35

I do not think America is mine and mine only. Nor do I know anyone who does.

Anytime I critize African-Americans here, you become incredibly paranoid and start seeing racists behind every tree.

Using “you White people” and “the action of Whites” in your post says a number of things about you, none of them good.

st simons - he-ne-ha

February 27th, 2013
11:06 am

Bro 10:42- wise shaman – “Nope, I’m actually trying to save y’all White
folks when you’re the minority.”

don’t tip em off, man [sharpening tommyhawk]

Brosephus™: You can't stop my vote, Homie!!

February 27th, 2013
11:08 am

curious

That Wiki entry seems a bit lacking. The first Blacks elected to national office were Southern Republicans elected after the Civil War. They were eventually run off by conservative White Republicans though.

williebkind

February 27th, 2013
11:09 am

Progressive Liberalism is a form of political thought and strategic governance that has its origins in the 16th century. It is a left-leaning political ideology that combines notions of individual liberty with government intervention to reform public life. It is basially the idea that liberalism should include social justice. There is some debate over whether “Progressives” and “Liberals” are one and the same or separate strands of left-leaning politics. However, either way, their fundamental precepts
and goals are the same.
Barack Obama is generally considered to a Progressive Liberal. His reform of health provision in 2010 is seen as an archetypal Progressive Liberal act. This has produced both congratulation and criticism, depending on the commentators political allegiances. Obama’s investiture was seen as a return to Progressive liberalism after the laissez-faire policies of the Bush administration. In other countries, particularly Australia and Great Britain, Progressive Liberalism is now seen as a centrist position, a “Third Way” between traditional right and left politics.

Progressive Liberalism stands for a combination of securing individual freedom and government intervention in the management of social institutions and law-making for the good of everyone, regardless of their social or economic position. It is usually considered to be in opposition to the more right-wing, laissez-faire political ideology that seeks to limit government intervention in people’s lives as much as possible, believing that market forces should be the determining factor in social development. As Jonathan Marshall wrote, progressive liberals are “not content to rely on the laws of God or the market place for social progress.”

And It was started by Theodore Roosevelt in 1912. Not a very old traditional party but a party of self.

indigo

February 27th, 2013
11:11 am

Doggone/GA – 10:35

Did you ever hear of the 15th Ammendment to the Constitution?

Redcoat

February 27th, 2013
11:12 am

Who is it now that says they can’t vote?………anyone care to answer the question?……..How about this question…..should non-citizens vote and why?

Brosephus™: You can't stop my vote, Homie!!

February 27th, 2013
11:16 am

Nero

I’ll likely be the Black guy saving your ass from the hordes, but dream as you think you should in order to make you feel better. I’m just delivering the warning message. I may have to worry about Hispanics, but Blacks haven’t repressed them. On the other hand, Whites have done as such to Blacks, Asians, Hispanics, First Nation members, and almost every other group that has come to the US.

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betty: What a lot of the European-American dems don’t realize that as the minority base increases, there is actually more friction between African-Americans and Latino-Americans.

One has to remember the old saying, “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.” I doubt friction between Blacks and Hispanics will ever exceed the frictions between those groups and Whites.

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indigo: I do not think America is mine and mine only. Nor do I know anyone who does.

Anytime I critize African-Americans here, you become incredibly paranoid and start seeing racists behind every tree.

I did not say YOU personally, dumbass. Anytime you criticize BLACK Americans, I’m not a naturalized citizen, I call you out on your sh*t. I did it when you used the screen name Carlos, and I’ll do it when you change names again. Nowhere have I used the word racists. I’m simply calling human nature for what it is. There have been numerous studies done that will back me up. If you don’t want me to come down on you, then don’t set yourself up for it by posting dumb sh*t.

curious

February 27th, 2013
11:16 am

Brosephus™: You can’t stop my vote, Homie!!

February 27th, 2013
11:08 am
curious

“That Wiki entry seems a bit lacking. The first Blacks elected to national office were Southern Republicans elected after the Civil War. They were eventually run off by conservative White Republicans though.”

There weren’t any Southern white republicans immediately after the Civil war. The blacks were more or less elected to office by carpetbaggers who disenfranchised most southerners.

williebkind

February 27th, 2013
11:23 am

“hat Wiki entry seems a bit lacking. The first Blacks elected to national office were Southern Republicans elected after the Civil War. They were eventually run off by conservative White Republicans though.”

curious, some people keep blaming white republicans for all discrimination when it was in FACT democrats. Oh I know they changed sides is the excuse to save face.

jconservative

February 27th, 2013
11:24 am

The Voting Rights Bill was last extended for 25 years in 2006 by the Republican controlled House and the Republican controlled Senate and signed into law by President G W Bush. The vote in the House was 390-33 and the Senate vote was 98 – 0.

Now the Supreme Court gets to vote. Over the years the Chief Justice has shown a reluctance to overrule legislation passed by the “people’s representatives” in the legislatures. As an example see the Obamacare cases. Now we will find out if the Chief Justice is true to his history in view of the overwhelming vote for the legislation by the “people’s representatives”.

Personally, I believe every adult residing in the United States on election day should be able to vote, be he/she citizen, alien or something in between. It is impossible to live in the US without paying some kind of tax. And I believe all should be able to vote for those who decide how much tax one must pay.

Brosephus™: You can't stop my vote, Homie!!

February 27th, 2013
11:30 am

There weren’t any Southern white republicans immediately after the Civil war.

http://www.texasgop.org/overview-and-history

Today’s Republican Party was founded in 1854 by a group of Mid-Western abolitionists opposed to the Kansas-Nebraska Bill, which allowed a choice of slavery in the new territories of Kansas and Nebraska. Texas, which had become a state in 1845, was right in the middle of the heated slavery controversy. Most state leaders were Democrats prior to the Civil War, and thus supported the pro-slavery Confederacy. But President Abraham Lincoln, the first Republican president, gained the support of Texas Republicans and several prominent state leaders, like Sam Houston, Texas’ first Governor. However, most of those who decided to support Lincoln’s decision to defend the Union were forced from office, and Democrats succeeded in allying Texas with the Confederacy.

Go back and google the Lily White Movement, and you’ll see that was the name given to the group of conservative White Republicans who drove Blacks out of the GOP.

Scuba Steve

February 27th, 2013
11:36 am

People like Nero exist, y’all. LOL gotta love these morons.

JKL2

February 27th, 2013
12:08 pm

Uncle Samantha- SO REPUBLICANS ARE REALLY DEMOCRATS

Yes, southern Democrats are now Republicans. Radical Democrats are now the mainstream party, and Radical Democrats are what we used to call communist/socialist/marxist. But somehow I’m now “out of touch” because any traditionally moderate(from either party) or mainstream Republican is now called a right wing radical.

independent thinker

February 27th, 2013
12:55 pm

From today’s NY Times:
“”"A central provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 could be in peril, judging from tough questioning on Wednesday from the Supreme Court’s more conservative members.
The law, a landmark achievement of the civil rights era was challenged by Shelby County, Ala., which said that requirement had outlived its usefulness and imposed an unwarranted badge of shame on the affected jurisdictions.
Four of the nine-member court’s five more conservative members asked largely skeptical questions about the law. The fifth, Justice Clarence Thomas, did not ask a question, as is typical. Justice Antonin Scalia called the provision, which requires nine states, mostly in the South, to get federal permission before changing voting procedures, a “perpetuation of racial entitlement.” “”"”"”"”"”"

Scalia is at it as usual pushing the ultra conservative white racist views which the stupid party cherishes so dearly. Yeah keep disenfranchising those pesky Black voters who voted for the Black devil as president and now lets get a little help from the Supreme Court so that Scalia can help pick another George W. Bush clone in 2016. And of course the only Black member of the Court has nary a word to say but is ready to get his marching orders from Scalia.

Robert

February 27th, 2013
12:58 pm

John Lewis, a Democrat, represents Georgia’s 5th District in the U.S. House.

“On “Bloody Sunday,” nearly 50 years ago, Hosea Williams and I led 600 peaceful, nonviolent protesters attempting to march from Selma to Montgomery to dramatize the need for voting rights protection in Alabama. As we crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge, we were attacked by state troopers who tear-gassed, clubbed and whipped us and trampled us with horses. I was hit in the head with a nightstick and suffered a concussion on the bridge. Seventeen marchers were hospitalized that day.

In response, President Lyndon Johnson introduced the Voting Rights Act and later signed it into law. We have come a great distance since then, in large part thanks to the act, but efforts to undermine the voting power of minorities did not end after 1965. They still persist today.

This week the Supreme Court will hear one of the most important cases in our generation, Shelby County v. Holder. At issue is Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which requires all or parts of 16 “covered” states with long histories and contemporary records of voting discrimination to seek approval from the federal government for voting changes. The court is questioning whether Section 5 remains a necessary remedy for ongoing discrimination.

In 2006, Congress debated this very question over 10 months. We held 21 hearings, heard from more than 90 witnesses and reviewed more than 15,000 pages of evidence. We analyzed voting patterns in and outside the 16 covered jurisdictions. We considered four amendments on the floor of the House; the Senate Judiciary Committee considered several others.

After all of that, Congress came to a near-unanimous conclusion: While some change has occurred, the places with a legacy of long-standing, entrenched and state-sponsored voting discrimination still have the most persistent, flagrant, contemporary records of discrimination in this country.”

Joe Hussein Mama

February 27th, 2013
1:22 pm

JKL — “As for credibility, I dare anyone to site another author who footnotes more than she does. Unlike most of her critics, her bibliographies are legendary.”

And her work is sloppy, too. Her bibliographies have been criticized many times as being not only inaccurate, but often completely fabricated. It seems that conservative readers simply take her at her word more often than not and never notice that items in her biblios are either incorrect or simply don’t exist at all.

bookman parrot

February 27th, 2013
1:54 pm

to Partisay,
i was pulling a lib and going over the top …

to Steve,
no i can not read (i guess jay didn’t make mention of curtailing minority voting and the big bad cons … oh i guess he did (albeit it is not a big bad conspiracy to be non inclusive… it is to keep you libs on the up and up), so i can read) esad!!!

Ronin

February 27th, 2013
4:17 pm

Granny @11:01, it is wise to spare Tokyo, monthra is coming next week.

Stands…..@10:21 always the bridesmaid, never the bride….That’s discombobulation of material fact.
Stands, one simply has to review and digest data to understand Agent Jay…
Again, nice guy, but off point of material issues.

Ronin

February 27th, 2013
6:24 pm

Where is Godzirra when you need her/him?????? appears to be hooked with mothman.

Stands, all bloviation aside, I’d go to lunch with Jay at the Standard Club, or even Taco Mac, just to debate the Fair tax issue, I’m more of a flat tax guy. Boortz, would not put him on to debate the issue, I want to know why.. Uncle Neal is a smart guy, as an attorney I’d give him the edge two fold over Agent Jay. The question is, will agent Jay get into the fray? for direct contact? As Yoda would say: me thinks not….

AJAY JAIN

March 4th, 2013
3:18 pm

The Voting Rights Act (VRA) must be upheld by the supreme court: Discrimination is alive today unfortunately; Liberty and justice for all is openly sabotaged and the Supreme Court is inviting trouble of great magnitudnal proportions if it dares to fail its ultimate mandate: to uphold everyone’s constitutional rights. We not only need to keep the protections in the current Voting Rights Act, it should be expanded. The numerous despicable attempts to restrict voting made during the last election cycle are proof of that. Anyone who truly believes the VRA is obsolete needs to recognize, given last years voter suppression efforts, the Jim Crowe era is biding its time, lurking in the shadows waiting for an opportunity to rear its head once again. The entire nation will speak against it because the Voting Rights Act (VRA) is not about political parties; the Voting Rights Act (VRA) is about individual rights protection. Bank on it! it is time to review; the Supreme Court’s “entitlements” as, it is no longer acting as an unbiased institution and that, your magistrates , can be amended. get up and do your job or we will make it happen! count on it! Now Even if you are dumb enough to believe that all is OK with the world and there are no reasons to have the voting rights law on the books. Then why are the the parties at opposite end’s on this ? Why are the Republicans in America trying to keep people from the poles ? Well I will tell you what I think. I think there may be a dozen or two, man and women in America that have the means to buy the power it wants to call all shots in this Country. The only way they can obtain this right now is get the people they went in office. To buy them so to say. But they know they can be stopped at the voting polls.They know the more that get out and vote there chances are reduced substantially. George Will knows this and should be ashamed. He say 47 years old. Is that old ? I don’t think so. Look at the constitution, at that II Amendment a lot older right. SS, Medicare, still very new in the big picture. But look at who wants to change them. Not working men and women, no the big bosses. They do not like to mach payments that is what this is all about. They did not like it back in the 1930s and they do not like it now. So Americans do not be fooled and all of you older people that now have this little benefit fight like h— to keep it just as it is. It just might be all there is between eating and striving !!

All the republicans crapping about The Voting Rights Act (VRA) on this board and the likes of you in the REPUBLICAN House should move aside in 2014 because the REPUBLICANS are the crux of the problem. President Obama won the elections of 2008 AND 2012 fair and square but the REPUBLICANS are not allowing him to govern through their rule of RECORD number of filibusters in the Senate and the HOUSE of REPUBLICANS has achieved nothing since it came to power in 2010. In 2014 its the REPUBLICAN’s time to go and let OBAMA our democratically elected PRESIDENT rule the country and leave a legacy behind like the achievements of the 2008-2010 years when DEMOCRATS had the House Senate and the Presidency. We want the obstructionist REPUBLICANS out of the way in 2014. We want our House and Senate back in the DEMOCRATIC hands so we can govern and achieve something. All these doomsday fiscal deadlines that REPUBLICANS keep pushing on the country will haunt them in 2014!! Mark my words. March 4th 2013. Vote Democratic always!

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