South (mostly) remains in bondage

The U.S. Supreme Court should, I suppose, be commended for exercising judicial restraint in declining to declare a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 unconstitutional — while signaling the belief that it is.

At issue is Section 5, a discriminatory provision  of the act that holds Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, most of Virginia and a number of counties and towns in seven other states, in bondage to the Civil Right Division of the the U.S. Department of Justice.  In theory, jurisdictions that have no record of discrimination are allowed to be exempted.  That “out,” however, is a sham.  In more than a quarter century, 27 years, only 17 of 12,000 jurisdictions have been allowed out.

The reality is that Section 5 gives every incentive to those who wish to keep jurisdictions under the thumb of the Justice Department’s civil rights division to find “evidence” of intentional discrimination by state and local officials. 

The provision was extended three years ago by Congress for 25 years and signed into law by President George W. Bush.  Congress extended it not because there’s any current justification, but because the law for the most part affected somebody else.  No Congress is willing to apply the law to all states.

As Gov. Sonny Perdue, noted after the decision, the court’s ruling signaled serious constitutional concerns about the act’s provision.   “Unfortunately,” he said, “the court chose to rule only on the narrow, statutory issue presented…I look forward to the day when this provision is either ruled unconstitutional, or, if ruled constitutional, then applied to all 50 states rather than singling out a few.” Perdue filed a brief on behalf of the Texas utility that had brought the challenge.

Congress should get the message. Either it applies the law only to those jurisdictions where there’s evidence of discrimination — or be assured that the next challenge won’t be resolved “on the narrow, statutory issue presented.”

110 comments Add your comment

conservative democrat

June 23rd, 2009
8:24 am

If we really wanted to get rid of a sham, we could eliminate the elitist electoral college.

gayblackcripple

June 23rd, 2009
8:24 am

I hope you are correct Jim.

Please however let it be in a few years after one of the conservative old men die – preferably the fat guinea or uncle tom.

clyde

June 23rd, 2009
8:34 am

The South got itself into this mess and has only itself to blame.Can it be trusted to change?I doubt it.

HDB

June 23rd, 2009
8:39 am

Problem is…discrimination still exists in the South…and certain laws will deny people the right to vote. Don’t think that Georgia’s ID law doesn’t discriminate against those who can not get the proper credentials to verify who they are. For those of us who can get a birth certificate, so be it…but for those who can not and wish to exercise their civil rights, they are discriminated against. The few states that were singled out had pervasive discriminatory voting patterns;that’s why the Voting Rights Act focused on that idiom.

Lest you forget……

Leon

June 23rd, 2009
8:43 am

JWoot writes “That “out,” however, is a sham. In more than a quarter century, 27 years, only 17 of 12,000 jurisdictions have been allowed out.”

If truthfully written it would read “The bailout provision had already been available to more than 12,000 entities that register voters. But since 1982, only 17 had applied to be removed from oversight”

But don’t let facts get in the way of your little non-story Jim.

Road Scholar

June 23rd, 2009
8:51 am

Only a conservative would use the word “bondage” in this article.

Tricky D

June 23rd, 2009
8:52 am

Handel’s actions last year in trying to keep eligible minority voters from voting only makes the case that this provision needs to stay. And for you wingnuts, that investigation of the Ga SOS’s practices began under a republican administration.

Concerned Mom

June 23rd, 2009
8:53 am

HDB–discrimination is a problem everywhere, not just the South. And quite a few states outside of this ruling have the similar requirements in order to obtain a state mandated ID. In the state I just moved from, the ID problem was argued for the whole seven years I spent there and still not resolved.

Churchill's MOM

June 23rd, 2009
9:01 am

Just a little news from our next President

Top Republicans and Democrats across Alaska are quietly lining up to run for governor amid growing speculation that Sarah Palin will not seek reelection in 2010.

No candidate, including Palin, has yet filed papers with the Alaska Public Offices Commission. Palin’s office declined an opportunity to explain her thinking on the 2010 race, and the Republican Governors Association said it would not comment on discussions it has had with the governor.

But a number of Democrats and Republicans in Alaska and Washington who spoke to POLITICO believe her silence is a sign she will not pursue a second term as governor so that she can play a larger role on the national political stage.

At least three Democrats and six Republicans are mulling over runs as they wait on the governor to make her decision.

“There is nothing that she has done that leads me to believe she will seek reelection,” said Andrew Halcro, a former Republican state legislator who ran for governor as an independent candidate in 2006 and is weighing another run. “If you’re Palin, once you’ve flown first class, you don’t go back to coach. She’s been to the show and certainly seemed to like it there.”

“I have no doubt in my mind that, barring some unforeseen collapse on the national stage, she won’t seek reelection,” he added.

“We don’t think she’s running,” said a Washington-based Democratic operative who is closely watching the gubernatorial race.

“[There is a] 50-50 chance she runs for governor,” said a former Palin staffer involved in state Republican politics, noting, “If Sarah Palin has proven anything in her career, it’s that she is full of surprises.”

The governor has not publicly committed one way or another, telling CNN two weeks ago that she is not “going to do anything yet.”

“What I’m trying to get done for Alaska right now is to get that Alaska gas line built,” she said. “We need those energy sources flowing through North America. That’s what my focus is.”

Alaska pols expect Palin to wait as long as she can before announcing her intentions, in order to keep her options open and to minimize the time she would be a lame duck if she declines to run again.

In 2006, Palin spent $304,000 in trouncing incumbent Gov. Frank Murkowski and former state Sen. John Binkley in the Republican primary. In the general, she and running mate Sean Parnell spent an additional $1.15 million to beat former Democratic Gov. Tony Knowles 48 percent to 41 percent.

The Alaska governor would not be able to tap her vast national fundraising network for the statewide race, as Alaska sets a low cap on the amount of money a candidate can raise from outside the state. But her ability to quickly raise cash from around Alaska has been bolstered by her vice presidential run and remains unrivaled, several Alaska sources asserted.

“It’s going to be basically impossible to know what the governor is going to do,” said one potential Democratic candidate. “There is no upside for her in announcing early. She can raise all the money she wants.”

Palin is likely to announce her intentions next spring, around the time she begins traveling the country as part of her expected book tour.

State Republican Party Chairman Randy Ruedrich is urging Palin to decide earlier so that in the event she decides against a second term, GOP candidates will have enough time to organize their campaigns.

“I had earlier encouraged the governor to not take a position yet, but in the interest of Republicans holding the seat, I hope she makes the decision by early fall,” Ruedrich said.

Palin’s approval ratings have taken a serious hit since 2008, when John McCain’s presidential campaign touted her as the most popular governor in the country. Still, she remains strong enough to scare off most GOP challengers.

“I’d never say no one would challenge her, but the likelihood is low,” said Ruedrich

lovelyliz

June 23rd, 2009
9:01 am

Getting yourself out of a hole you dug just isn’t that easy.

blueface

June 23rd, 2009
9:01 am

Ajc you wonder why your readership is deminishing, it is articles like this that make readers want to throw-up. You have always swayed towards a more conservative view in your writers. Your writers dont know what bondage is, this just that southern pride you folks talk about coming out.

lovelyliz

June 23rd, 2009
9:03 am

Asking the Courts to forigve a persistant pattern of voting right violations that were rampant in certian areas just a few decades ago when folks haven’t gotten over the Civil War which was fought 150 year in the past is a bit much.

conservative democrat

June 23rd, 2009
9:04 am

HDB, even if someone doesn’t have a birth certificate they can get one. My uncle was born in Tattanal county and the courthouse in Reidsville burned. He had lost his birth record, so he had to get my mom to sign a affidavit to attest to his identity. But, he was able to get the required documentation.
You are correct that, “…few states that were singled out HAD pervasive discriminatory voting patterns…” (emphasis on the past tense). Your are living 40 years in the past. Of the 12,000 entities, 11,983 didn’t seem to feel overburdened by the requirement enough to try to be exempted. What does that tell you?

Eric

June 23rd, 2009
9:07 am

The main reason the Voting Rights Act exists to this day is because the conservative southern morons wanted to keep things proper and keep minorities in their “so- called” place. Now that same faction of people are whining about being singled out because they didn’t want to play fair.

You Southern conservertives can’t be trusted to do right by everyone. I say keep The Voting Rights Act in place until all the Trent Lotts and Strom Thurmond clowns are dead and gone.

Jackie

June 23rd, 2009
9:07 am

Are we to believe the majority population is in bondage to the Federal government, i.e., the Constitution, or should we take the gist of the conversation to mean bondage is a product of past abhorrent and illegal patterns and practices of the majority toward the minority?

zeke

June 23rd, 2009
9:20 am

No, discrimination does not exist only in the South! You and I have a Constitutional right to like or dislike as we please by freedom of choice! I am white! I have many people who are black, Hispanic and Asian that I associate with and consider friends! I also have many whites with which I will not associate! THAT IS MY CONSTITUTIONALLY GUARANTEED RIGHT! There is as much or more so called discrimination in the North and West as in the South! Many blacks that left the South to go North are moving back to the South! Their common reason is that IT IS MUCH WORSE IN THE NORTH THAN IN THE SOUTH! GO FIGURE!!!

Eric

June 23rd, 2009
9:21 am

The decision by the Supreme Court to uphold the 1965 Voting Rights Act was needed because the act has done more to expand and strengthen our democracy than any other law that I can think of. It allowed disenfranchised voters relief from voter suppression tactics of the “good ole boy system of the south”.

JLK

June 23rd, 2009
9:21 am

Having solved all our pressing problems, Mr. Wooten now has time to be upset that those who’ve been caught cheating are under a mandate to play fair while those who didn’t cheat are allowed to play fair under their own volition. Congratulations, Mr. Wooten. My, but you’ve come a long way indeed.

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

June 23rd, 2009
9:27 am

The Justice Department may drop a closely watched legal case aimed at
forcing the Swiss bank UBS to divulge the names of 52,000 wealthy
American clients suspected of offshore tax evasion, The New York Times
reported, citing a United States official briefed on the matter.

The move, which would halt an unusually aggressive effort to force
Switzerland to lift its veil of banking secrecy, could happen by
mid-July.

The reversal comes as UBS and senior Swiss government officials have
mounted a fierce lobbying campaign to persuade Washington to drop the
case. UBS argues that disclosing client names would cause it to violate
Swiss financial secrecy laws and open its executives and bankers to
prosecution in Switzerland.

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

June 23rd, 2009
9:29 am

Republic Airways Holdings has offered $108.75 million to buy Frontier
Airlines, as the Denver-based airline prepares to exit Chapter 11
bankruptcy.

Copyleft

June 23rd, 2009
9:29 am

Truly, no one is more oppressed than the conservative white male in the South. Pity the tragic victims!

Sorry, southern bigots… given your track record, we’d be crazy to trust you to suddenly start doing the right thing voluntarily.

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

June 23rd, 2009
9:30 am

The annual charity auction of a steak lunch with billionaire investor
Warren E. Buffett, which raised a record $2.11 million last year, is
off to a strong start.

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

June 23rd, 2009
9:31 am

New York hedge-fund manager, Edward T. Stein, pleaded guilty to
running a $30 million Ponzi scheme.

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

June 23rd, 2009
9:33 am

Securities regulators have filed civil fraud charges against four
individuals, including the investment adviser Stanley Chais and the
officers of a securities firm co-founded by Bernard L. Madoff, accusing
them of knowingly steering billions of dollars into the Ponzi scheme.

TRUTH

June 23rd, 2009
9:33 am

Jim and the rest of you fruit cases, you are living in LALA land. You really don’t think there is evidence of ANY discriminatory practices?? (You know there is a movement to legalize what you folks are obviously smoking).

AJC, why are you running this unsubstantiated mess?? Trying to get on the Rushbo – Hannity Train?? Think Fox News is going to add you as an asset to their version of the evil empire??!! What’s next? Another column about President Obama’s birth certificate??

I know you folks can feel that power and the ability to lie with a straight face slipping from your grasp. The whole world is watching and laughing at your incredibly pompous stupidity.

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

June 23rd, 2009
9:34 am

Separately, the widow of the French aristocrat who committed suicide in
December after losing $1.4 billion of his clients’ money with Mr.
Madoff accused the convicted swindler of murdering her husband.

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

June 23rd, 2009
9:35 am

Former newspaper mogul Conrad Black is asking a federal judge in
Chicago to release him from a Florida prison while he appeals his fraud
conviction to the U.S. Supreme Court.

JF McNamara

June 23rd, 2009
9:36 am

If you’re not doing anything wrong, then who cares about the law?

I don’t understand why this keeps coming up. Is there excessive oversight or something? Why would lobbyist/conservatives keep paying to make this an issue? This being on the books doesn’t affect the everyday lives of anyone.

yeawhatever

June 23rd, 2009
9:42 am

I couldnt care less a bout whether or not the voting rights act is overturned or not. I read this expecting to learn something else that the govt is doing and instead I read these hateful comments from black people against white southerners. I am astonished at the reverse racism that is blatant on these posts. I have never held anyone down nor approved of racism and it seems to me that the majority of white people are trying to overcome the past while black people just want to wallow in it. Enjoy your hatred.

conservative democrat

June 23rd, 2009
9:43 am

Zeke, you wrote…”No, discrimination does not exist only in the South!” Does the double negative mean discrimination only exist in the south?

TIME IS UP EVIL REPUBLICANS

June 23rd, 2009
9:57 am

GOOD ALL OF THE EVIL OLD REDNECKS ARE DYING OFF,THE CIVIL WAR WAS LOST BY THE COWARD REBELS,AND THE DIXIE REDNECK WHITES WANT TO REKINDLE THAT WAR BUT YOU WILL LOOSE,YOU GOT THAT HICKS!

P.S.THE OLD SATANIC GLORY OF DIXIE WILL NEVER RISE AGAIN WEAK NEO-NAZIS TRAILOR TRASH!

yeawhatever

June 23rd, 2009
10:00 am

In regards to “TIME IS UP EVIL REPUBLICANS” Your an idiot.

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June 23rd, 2009
10:15 am

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Scott

June 23rd, 2009
10:36 am

Too many people vote in this country. I believe that if the Bill of Rights were subject to an up or down vote, it would lost 70-30. Too many people vote for a living. They vote for the person who will give them the most government money. They probably know more about Kevin Federline than about Sam Alito. Perhaps if everyone who voted had the rich life experiences of a Latina woman, then we would have no problems.

Really? « Walk In Brain

June 23rd, 2009
10:51 am

[...] Why yes, he did. Do you really want to use terms like “bondage” here, Jimmy? [...]

Eric

June 23rd, 2009
11:40 am

Yeahwhatever

It should be you’re an idiot.
Maybe you never oppressed anyone but that does mean it didn’t happen. We are dealing with a centuries old evil practice that needs reform. If you don’t participate in the oppression then you have nothing to worry about.

whatever

June 23rd, 2009
11:41 am

BTW, for all those bashing the south, it was the brilliant northerners that thought of segregation. they thought that because the south, unlike their segregated cities up north, would have cities in which blacks and whites would live together closely, that segregation was the only way to keep the peace during reconstruction.

so, before anyone gets on their high horse about segregation, remember where the geniuses came from that thought of that brilliant idea.

anyone that has lived or travelled in the north knows that discrimination is just as rampant up there, but they do a better job of hiding it and denying it.

san francisco perspective

June 23rd, 2009
11:44 am

“discriminatory”…….”bondage”………….the use of such inflammatory language in response to the Voting Rights Act itself highlights why we have the Voting Rights Act. To conflate Justice Dept efforts for universal voting with slavery and exclusion is something lifted straight from the Southern Manifesto (the document from the mid-20th century written by that period’s Sonny Perdues and Trent Lotts to massively resist integration). Wooten’s white power conservatism has unfortunately become a GOP talking point….Regional minority party status has been well-earned !

Copyleft

June 23rd, 2009
12:07 pm

Thank you, Scott, for your anti-democratic opinion. Delta is ready when you are.

Sir Stealth

June 23rd, 2009
12:21 pm

To echo others, the absurd use of the word “bondage” in the title of this article is pretty much Exhibit A for why we still need the Voting Rights Act enforced in the South. Delta is not ready for me, I am from here. I love the region and every one of the states that the law applies to, but I would be absolutely kidding myself, full of it, and willfully ignorant of what I saw around me if I thought that the problems that necessitated the law had vanished enough in such a short time as to make us “enslaved” [ha] by their continued enforcement.

Mara

June 23rd, 2009
12:27 pm

Scott, who’s Kevin Federline?

hi liz, copyleft :-)

Wondering

June 23rd, 2009
12:31 pm

Someone please explain to me how a requirement that all voters have appropriate ID is in anyway discriminatory. I do not believe for an instant that anyone who is legally a citizen is incapable of obtaining some form of legitimate ID, whether it is a birth certificate, drivers license, or government issued ID. The only ones who are impacted to any extent are those who are here illegally (which means they have no legal right to vote anyway), or those who wish to keep themselves hidden from the government, which to me indicates a whole series of other problems besides not being able to vote.

Most legitimate people have the ability to obtain an ID, so why is it a problem? Because minority leaders work hard to convince everyone it is, and because those who support illegal immigration want to be sure the illegal population is not deprived of the ability to further erode our country’s laws and statutes more than they already have.

Is there one single blogger on here who is unable or incapable of obtaining an ID? If so, please let me know why you can’t do so, if you can provide a credible reason. Please don’t tell me about your cousins best friend, your brothers girlfriends brother, or other hearsay. I want to hear first hand explanations.

Bob

June 23rd, 2009
12:39 pm

States Rights versus the Federal Government has been a problem for many, many years. The State of Georgia should, like Texas and Oklahoma, declare itself a republic and tell the Federal Government to go to He@@. And all of you who want to keep slavery alive by keeping on referring back to it, need to get a life and get on with life.

lovelyliz

June 23rd, 2009
12:39 pm

Someone please explain to me how a requirement that all voters have appropriate ID is in anyway discriminatory.
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Because as it stand now, voting is a right. Not a privilegde, but a right. Anything that requires $$$ supresses the right of people with out the $$$ for such ID’s and poor people are still allowed to vote. Thus the discrimination.

A simple solution might be for the government to issue, at no charge, a voter identification card for people without a driver’s license or passport, but given how much we hate to pay for anything, I won’t hold my breath.

BigMike

June 23rd, 2009
12:40 pm

It was never said ‘a chicken is coming home to roost”, The south, and literally most of America is paying a price for unthinkable acts, but the SOUTH where it has been so polarizing once again has itself dead center in the sniper’s scope. This is not to say that up North and privately kept East coast states have more than there share, but when hunting, why go to new ground when the old one(South) is still fertile.I’ll gaurantee Americans, and all Southerners the Voting Rights Act will be alive and well, because of your new Negro….Mexicans!

Jack

June 23rd, 2009
12:40 pm

As long as the bondage blowhards in here keep bellowing, we’ll never achieve harmony. Peaceful co-existence is not gained by finger-pointing.

DB, Gwinnettian

June 23rd, 2009
12:41 pm

keep jurisdictions under the thumb of the Justice Department’s civil rights division

Just so everyone knows, those jurisdictions being thumb-undered include big chunks of New York City, and parts of California’s Bay Area.

Which don’t have legions of whiny-arsed teaty baby columnists complaining about being held in “bondage” by utterly sensible Federal statutes.

I’m not exactly sure why Jim gets so bat-cr@p crazy over this issue, but it certainly generates some of his nuttiest scribblings.

Jay

June 23rd, 2009
12:50 pm

As usual on Jim’s blog – ignorant red neck ranting.

Jim doesn’t like that the Supreme Court did what he always raves about – no legislating from the bench – no activist judges.

I fail to see why this law is an issue to start with. We still need the law to protect the rights of minorities because outside of Atlanta, it’s still 1961 in most of Georgia. The voter ID law is an example of trying to exclude voters who are poor.

If right wing false-patriots would quit trying to tell everyone what is wrong with everyone and everything and trying to save their “rights under the constitution”, we might actually be able to do away with these older laws that are there for the protection of the weaker people in our society. Most white males I know who subscribe to the right are the most vicious and backward thinking people I know. Fear is their motto and ignorance is their best friend.

Howl somewhere else than Georgia!

Wondering

June 23rd, 2009
12:51 pm

Thanks Lovely Liz. I agree voting is a right, but it is a right reserved for citizens. The problem we have now is 15 million illegal people living in our country who do not have the right to vote. We have to have a system to ensure they do not vote, and ID is the only way to do it. Birth certificates are either free or $5 for a copy, a government ID, I believe, is only $5, and given how many people I see in poor sections of town smoking cigarrettes and drinking beer or liquour, I think most poor people could afford an ID if they can afford these other luxuries. I guess it is just a matter of where they put their priorities. And before anyone jumps, I know that quite a few poor do not smoke or drink, but they are a very small minority, and I say that as I come from a very poor background and have lived in poor neighborhoods, including the Mississippi Delta area.

I think that given the bailouts of corporations, I would think the government could spring for free ID’s for those that allege they cannot afford it, but you are probably right that this is just wishful thinking.

Voting ID is a method of discriminating solely against illegal aliens, not against American citizens, minority or otherwise.

Again though, I welcome any blogger here to offer their first-hand experience at being unable or incapable of obtaining an ID.

Copyleft

June 23rd, 2009
1:18 pm

BOB: “States Rights versus the Federal Government has been a problem for many, many years.”

Yes, and it was settled by the Civil War. The “states’ rights” bigots LOST. Get over it.

Talk about living in the past….

san francisco perspective

June 23rd, 2009
1:19 pm

Wondering,

a $5 fee to vote is the functional equivalent of a poll tax; it works by definition to thwart democratic participation.

also, i arrived once at a polling station with a drivers license that had recently expired (i failed to notice because i do not drive) and contained a different address from the one i was registered at (i had moved 6 months prior). fortunately, i was able to vote. however, stringent voter ID laws would have prevented me from doing so.

the fact is that the U.S. has more barriers to voting than any other industrialized nation. let’s have election-day voter registration options, make every national election a federal holiday, and offer free public transportation on election days. now that would be serious Voting Rights……

Bill

June 23rd, 2009
1:23 pm

Everyone should know by now that racial discrimination stops on the southern side of the Mason-Dixon Line. It does not extend into the northern states. These states are utopias of racial harmony and justice. It would be a fruitless effort to try and find any examples of discrimination the the northeastern area of the United States. For that reason the Voting Rights Act does not need to be enforced in the North. I would suggest that all those that feel they are the victims of discrimination move to the North. There they will live an idyllic existence free from the rampant discrimination in the South.

chad

June 23rd, 2009
1:28 pm

Voting in a federal election is not a right, you just think it is. Don’t believe me? Try to find in the constitution or bill or rights. And eliminating the electoral college? That would make us a democracy which despite many groups best efforts to tell us otherwise, we aren’t. We are democratic republic. An there is good reason for this. For one, no democracy has every lasted for monre than 200 years.

Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it.

san francisco perspective

June 23rd, 2009
1:45 pm

Chad,

the constitutional principle of equality is well embedded in the text (14th amend.) and specifically granting the federal govt. power to prevent discrimination against racial minorities in the area of voting (15th amend.). once the voted is granted to anyone, a panoply of constitutional provisions are activated.

your argument is dodging these facts…….

Wondering

June 23rd, 2009
1:49 pm

San Francisco, I show a drivers license when I go to the polls. I paid $15 for my drivers license. Is that a poll tax? No. And again, I state that Voter ID laws are only necessary due to illegal immigration. No one proposed this type of law since the Jim Crow laws were cast out until the illegal population became so huge that it presents a real problem.

How would you propose to stop illegal aliens from voting?

Wondering

June 23rd, 2009
1:52 pm

San Francisco, forgot to add, you were not unable or incapable of obtaining an ID, your only problem was you forgot to renew it. That is not an impact of the voting ID law preventing you from voting, that is an impact of poor memory.

We have driving laws. You are not supposed to drive with an expired license, or drive without a license. Do you think it is discriminatory as well to require a current license?

findog

June 23rd, 2009
2:20 pm

Jimbo,
You miss the point. Had they ruled like our goober Governor wanted we would be supporting ACTIVIST judges! They ruled on the merits of the case presented. Sonny and Karen should petition the Justice Department to opt out and then take it to the Supremes to rule before we lose our conservative majority on the court…

jconservative

June 23rd, 2009
2:30 pm

Jim, after Lincoln freed the slaves it took them about 100 years to get free of the bondage of slavery & Jim Crow. It will take a little time to get by this. And, you are correct, the Court took the “non-activist” position on declaring an act of Congress unconstitutional. Sotomayor took the same route on the New Haven firemen case – took the “non-activist” route. True Constitutional Conservatives are not complaining.

Pubs=Psychotalk

June 23rd, 2009
2:34 pm

Hapless Handel–shut down one again. Very soon she will be out of the headlines as she gets stomped in the pubtard primary and Oxedine gets crushed by Roy Barnes.

The ignorant south must be closely watched by Section 5 because they are at the forefront of voter supression attempts (although unsucessful all the time). Wooten selectively won’t discuss that Handel’s stupid now illegal attempt to cut 5000 citizens off the voting roles while being unable to find more than one single illegal immigrant voting and refusing after nearly a year to ID others when she has the AG at her disposal for legal work and enforcement.

Hatsoff to goofball Mark Sanford who showed why he is too irresponsible to be President, going missing for 5 days and neglecting to inform his wife. Boy them pubtard’s often have screwed up marriages don’t they?

It looks like ole Promisekeeper John Ensign will be facing an ethics probe and possible DOJ investigation on paying for pursuing ectopic sex.

75% of this country wants a public health care option. All of the people with years of providing health care know its a broken system where thousands die in the US because they can’t get access to care, and the insurance companies rip off doctors and patients. 16.666666% of US MDs are AMA members. The AMA should be given credit for their efforts in MD and pt. education which are substantive, but their political stance as an interest group is highly adverse to physicians and their patients.

findog

June 23rd, 2009
2:35 pm

Oh, Bill @1:23
You’re either pulling our leg or too young to remember the 1960’s race riots of Detroit or the 1970’s bussing riots in Boston.
Moving north only frees one of needing air-conditioning before Memorial Day…

Wondering

June 23rd, 2009
2:49 pm

Findog, I believe Bill was being very sarcastic in his comment. I found it hilarious, as I believe he intended it to be.

Just Nasty & Mean

June 23rd, 2009
2:50 pm

It never ceases to amaze me as to how discombobulated some minds become when we listen to political spin and rhetoric. Today’s African-American should be thoroughly and publicly shamed by their inability to remember who were the sponsors of fire hoses, police dogs and vicious brutality against our black citizens.

Was it not Democrat and Birmingham police chief, “Bull” Connor, who employed such tactics against blacks as they marched for their rights?

Was it not Governors, Orville Faubus of Arkansas, George Wallace Of Alabama, and Ross Barnett of Mississippi, all Democrats, who fought to the bitter end to prevent our black citizens from attending the state universities, voting, marching, etc.? Was it not Republican President, Dwight Eisenhower, who originally stood up to Faubus and integrated the schools in Arkansas?

Was it not extremist right wing Democrats, associated with the KKK, who bombed a black church in Birmingham on a Sunday morning and killed a number of black children as they attended bible study?

Was it not South Carolina’s Strom Thurmond, at that time a segregationist Democrat, who fathered a child by his black housekeeper, but willingly relegated his own daughter to the deprived status of those who were subjected to segregation and discrimination? When Thurmond later turned Republican, he had moderated his position and admitted that he had been wrong about segregation and equal rights for black people.

Was it not Democrat President, Lyndon Johnson, and his Attorney General, Bobby Kennedy, two icons of the civil rights struggles of the 1960s, who not only permitted, but also encouraged the wire tapping of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s. phone calls. Was it not Johnson who got great pleasure listening to FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover, describe King’s activities, especially his secret sexual trysts?

Was it not the Republican members of congress who overwhelmingly supported Democrat President Lyndon B. Johnson’s civil rights legislative initiatives, while the Democrats fought bitterly against them? Without strong Republican support, Johnson’s civil rights bills would have been DOA.

And even today, lest we forget the last KKK Grand Pooh-Bah leader in Congress is the recently re-elected, 7-term Senator Robert C. Byrd…. a Democrat.

I could go on and on turning through the pages of memory, but the point is made.

African-Americans should all stand with heads bowed in shame for their blatant, intentional racism with malice. They all know that they no longer have any reason to fear police dogs, fire hoses and other cruelties from either Democrats or Republicans. They simply could not let an opportunity to affect discombobulated minds go without some race baiting rhetoric.

At one time, they truly had reasons to be outraged at the treatment of blacks.

However, the truth proves their tormentors were Democrats, not Republicans!

conservative democrat

June 23rd, 2009
3:09 pm

copyleft wrote, “…Yes, and it was settled by the Civil War. The “states’ rights” bigots LOST. Get over it.” Well, not exactly. Not if you listened to the repubs debate last year. They all agreed that the Rowe v Wade issue should be decided on a state by state basis.

conservative democrat

June 23rd, 2009
3:14 pm

Just Nasty and Mean, you left out axe handle wielding Lester Maddox of Georgia. Representative John Lewis (D-Ga) wants to preserve the “Pick Wick” property for a national civil rights landmark.

Californication

June 23rd, 2009
3:18 pm

The easiest way to fix this is a state of federal ID card that proves citizenship for the US. Any idiot that thinks that is discrimination is just falling for a great lie from the left. It is funny how you need an ID to get liquor, buy a gun, or drive a car is that discrimination? It is only discrimination if the illegal aliens can’t vote dimacrat, or ACORN can’t register Mickey Mouse in all 50 states. Every country in the world has a national ID and borders that they protect, what is wrong in America?

Pubs=Psychotalk

June 23rd, 2009
3:19 pm

Great news for the pubby pubs. A cloture vote on the Koh nomination could happen as early as tomorrow in the Senate. Saxby’s, Johnny’s impact–zero over zilch where it belongs.

After languishing in appointment purgatory for over three months, former Yale Law Dean Harold Koh may finally be confirmed as legal adviser to the State Department. Sen. Harry Reid filed a petition for cloture on Koh’s nomination yesterday evening, which would force a vote on the nominee’s fate tomorrow. According to Dave Weigel, Reid’s office is optimistic that they have the 60 votes necessary to end debate (and the 50 to actually get Koh confirmed).

And Dawn Johnsen has moved her family and a middle school aged child from Bloomington, Indiana to Washington DC. Johnsen would not have moved for fun. She is a tenured Constitutional law prof and at the top of the game nationally and spent several years blogging about the stupidity of Bush DOJ. So far, Obama DOJ has been run out of the White House by Williams and Connelly’s Clinton pal at Yale Greg Craig WH Counsel and run badly because their filings on state secrets, wiretapping, and torture have actually been to the right of Bush whether you believe me or not. Johnsen’s fellow bloggers are already in place at OLC (Harvard’s David Barron and Georgetown’s Marty Lederman). They blogged on Bush’s non-constitutional moves for 8 years. They have apparently been ignored on the filings by . Obama DOJ. Expect that to change once Johnsen is in the driver’s seat.

Obama DOJ lost a big one today because Judge Richard Leon, in D.C. District Court, the federal judge who has previously upheld the broadest detention power for the government ruled on Monday that torture of an individual and the passage of time after he had ties to terrorism can end his status as an enemy of the United States, and require his release.

U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon, ruling in the case of a Syrian national who had links to Al Qaeda in Afghanistan years ago, ruled that the prisoner could no longer be detained as an “enemy combatant,” and the government must make efforts to release him “forthwith.”

(The 13-page ruling came in the case of Abdulrahim Abdul Razak al Ginco [Janko] – District Court docket 05-1310.

Californication

June 23rd, 2009
3:21 pm

Just Nasty & Mean ,
the dimacrats like to be inclusive. RLOL

M Anthony

June 23rd, 2009
3:31 pm

well Just Nasty & Mean, that was then and this is now. I am sure Hannity, Rush and OReilly would be a welcome fixture to most black families Sunday dinner after attending church. All three would politely share their thoughts on black America with these families.

Pubs=Psychotalk

June 23rd, 2009
3:33 pm

You don’t need jack to buy a gun anywhere within minutes in this state or this country. All you need is access to the street and the money and you can get a handgun or an automatic weapon or several of them in literal minutes.

Pubs=Psychotalk

June 23rd, 2009
3:36 pm

Hannit,y Rush and O’reilly are bufoons and great frends to dems who want to be elected, and totally powerless to influence any decisions. Look at the Pubtards drivin’ and cryin’ in the Senate this second as Cloture moves to goble them up–even before Franken is seated. Koh and Johnsen will be confirmed soon and the pubs can’t do jack about it. Corynyn, a typical former Southern judge is full of sound and fury, signifying a superficial knowledge of law coming from a Texas Supreme Court that holds the national historic record in being reversed by a conservative Renquist majority.

I particularly like the bouncy bouncy fat butt Rush icon used by MSNBC.

Truth Only Please

June 23rd, 2009
3:37 pm

Just Nasty & Mean – there are many ways to exercise control on minorities other than violence, fire hoses, and dogs. Have you ever been outside of Atlanta? If you don’t think that racism still exists and that there’s good reason for the law – you are probably one dyed in the wool racist yourself.

Californication

June 23rd, 2009
3:43 pm

CopyLeft, why do you live here? Surrounded by rednecks you must like it, but given this is a free country please feels free to leave. I hear that Russia is looking for a few good commies…

GA= third world country

June 23rd, 2009
3:44 pm

The south doesn’t deserve to be able to control it’s election process. A majority of people in the south are still either overtly or discretely racists. It was only one generation ago that Jim Crow segregation was firmly in place. Unfortunately racism is still prevalent throughout the country, but it is in the south where laws were changed to disenfranchise minorities.

Copyleft

June 23rd, 2009
3:47 pm

Calif, what an odd comment! After all, my ideals are quintessentially American values. It seems like the Rabid Right are the folks who want to shred our Constitution (in fact, they cheered as Bush was doing that very thing) and set up a theocracy.

In which case, the Middle East has a nice assortment of right-wing, violence-loving theocratic societies where you’d feel right at home! Why not check them out? America belongs to liberals, the REAL Americans.

As for this particular region, I’m here to help drag the South into line with the sane parts of the country. It can’t stay backward and ignorant forever and still call itself part of “America”–and I’m sure the southern bigots and secessionists would agree.

Two options in life: You can think, or you can be conservative. What was your choice?

Copyleft

June 23rd, 2009
3:52 pm

Oh, and JNM: Thanks for the history lesson on how the Southern Democrat party used to be the home for white bigotry.

Did your studies move on past the Civil Rights Act, when they all stampeded to the Republican Party and have been living there ever since?

Y’know, Lincoln was a Republican. But today’s Republicans would’ve gladly shot him for daring to free the slaves. Times change, and the GOP is now the home territory for southern bigots.

It’s a shame your knowlege of history ended in the 1960s.

DebbieDoRight

June 23rd, 2009
3:57 pm

The State of Georgia should, like Texas and Oklahoma, declare itself a republic and tell the Federal Government to go to He@@

You tell em!!! The next time a twister hits Georgia and takes out the county you live in; don’t you run to FEMA for federal aid; you just ask Sonny and JimBoy to help out with some funds!!! Oh, and tell them to give back that stimulus money too!!!

Nasty&Mean: When Thurmond later turned Republican, he had moderated his position and admitted that he had been wrong about segregation and equal rights for black people.

HA!!! FIND that statement and post it here, I’d LOVE to see it…..you obviously know NOTHING about Strom Thurmond!!! He NEVER changed his opinions about blacks, (its OK to sleep with them but PLEASE dont’ allow them to sit at the same table in a restaurant with ya!!!) — FYI: Every hard line Old Guard Republican was once a democrat. When JFK opened the door for blacks to enter; Nixon saw the opportunity to seize power for the republicans by initiating the “southern strategy” in order to win votes from whites who were angered about the aspect of Equal Opportunity for Blacks. Reagan, who was once a democrat, was one of the main instigators and best student of the “southern Strategy”. :roll:

findog

June 23rd, 2009
4:21 pm

Just Nasty & Mean @ 2:50 pm
The Southern Democrats of the 60’s are today’s Republican Leaders.
Those Republican’s you mention are now called RINO’s by the GOP; albeit that few hold national office as the Liberal Republican’s died off too quick for the endangered species act to save them.
I’ll give you all the reverse discrimination you want if you will find one successful African-American that admits affirmative action helped them: Rice, Powell, or Thomas would be nice…

Wondering

June 23rd, 2009
4:23 pm

Copyleft, you might be interested to know that Lincoln’s original plan was not exactly to free the slaves, but to send them all back to Africa. In fact, the country of Liberia was started for exactly that purpose, and was founded by slaves sent by the American Colonization Society. However, the rich plantation owners would have none of that, even though his plan included compensation to the slave owners.

Also, with the failure of that plan to ever take root, freeing slaves was never on the presidential agenda, until the south seceded. And, the Emancipation Proclamation was only written in order to keep England from entering the war on the side of the South.

So, perhaps it is YOUR knowledge of history that needs updating?

Algonquin J. Calhoun

June 23rd, 2009
4:33 pm

Please! Jim, you know that Georgia is still discriminating. That’s what the voter ID law is all about, legalizing discrimination! Stop with the bull!

FAX News

June 23rd, 2009
4:36 pm

Count FOX’s Sean Hannity among those who are N-O-T forgiving John Ensign.

Asked about Ensign’s viability as a senator, the conservative host declared: “[I]f you’re going to be a family-values candidate and a family-values politician, and you don’t live up to that, I think you should resign.”

lovelyliz

June 23rd, 2009
4:48 pm

Wondering,

Since when have illegals wanted to vote. They want nothing to do with the government if they can at all help. The come. They work. They don’t vote.

“An average of 8 people per year are convicted or plead guilty to committing voter fraud in national election (the most participatory elections.) (Project Vote)”

“One study estimated that about one in five African Americans born in the 1939-40 period lack a birth certificate because of these problems.”(S. Shapiro) African Americans, senior citizens and those living in rural areas are more likely to lack birth certificates or passports and would be more strongly affected (than white, urban and young). (L. Ku)”

“Even the Republican prosecutor of the largest ACORN case to date said the shenanigans of ACORN workers were “not intended to permit illegal voting.”

Election fraud does exist, but hasn’t been shown to be widespread. The New York Times reported in 2007 that a five-year crackdown on such fraud by the Bush administration’s Justice Department had produced 70 convictions at the federal level, including 40 campaign workers or government workers convicted of vote-buying, intimidation or ballot forgery, and 23 cases of multiple voting or voting by ineligible voters. But the Times described these as unconnected incidents and said the Justice Department had turned up no evidence of “any organized effort to skew federal elections.”

yank

June 23rd, 2009
4:52 pm

Considering how many still haven’t gotten over the Civil War which ended in 1865, expecting them to honor the Voting Right Act which was first signed in 1965, 100 years later, would not be the prudent thing to do.

booger

June 23rd, 2009
4:52 pm

To all of you IDphobes, peolple are still looking, but have yet to find that first ID disenfranchised voter. Lots of bluster about nothing.

lovelyliz

June 23rd, 2009
5:21 pm

“For example, in Muscogee County in Georgia, the report says, a county official purged 700 people from voter lists for criminal convictions. Many of the people who received letters informing them of the purge, however, had never even received a parking ticket.”

“Another study, by the group U.S. PIRG, released last week, also looked at the issue of voter purging and discovered that 19 states are ignoring a federal law banning systematic purges within 90 days of a federal election.”

Pubs=Psychotalk

June 23rd, 2009
5:49 pm

Georgia is one of many states where anyone with a conviction has their voting rights automatically restored when they have completed their sentences. The constitution is appropriately vague on this because it’s a hick state offering the poorest educational resources in the country and addresses this by saying people lose the vote due to “moral turpitude.” Was there moral turpitude when Mike Bowers was strolling across the street for 10 years and applying the Ensign position to his secretary?

As to parking tickets, Georgia is one of the very few states where a person could serve a year and pay a $1000 fine if convicted of the most minor misdemeanor including improper lane change or 10 mph over a given speed limit and this is because the individual county managers guard this turf fiercely in order to gain revenue.

By law anyone who faces even probabion has a US Supreme Court right to have counsel provided, and of course, Georgia is in violation of this law, and now that Mac Crawford heads the Public Defender Standards council even defendants accused of serious felonies are not getting counsel appointed as they langushi for months and years prior to trial.

The case law mandating appointment of counsel if even time on probation is a possibility is below:

Barnes v. State, 275 Ga. 499 (2002) Opinion by Leah Ward Sears
Jones V. Terry 279 Ga. 623 (2005) Opinion by Harold MeltonS05A1125

The authority cited by these Ga. Supreme Court cases is of course Alabama v. LeReed Shelton. Citations, 535 U.S. 654, Ginsburg J. with Scalia the Skank dissenting.

san francisco perspective

June 23rd, 2009
5:55 pm

wondering,

as lovelyliz already noted, there is NO epidemic of illegal immigrants voting in this country. think about it: if you were here illegally, would you show up to vote ? many undocumented workers are afraid to even open bank accounts….

the voting fraud storyline is, as most studies show, a bogus one. far more serious is voter disenfranchisement, especially the racially discriminatory impact of “felon” disenfrachisement.

and for the record, i think non-citizen residents SHOULD be allowed to vote in elections.

Pubs=Psychotalk

June 23rd, 2009
5:59 pm

During a vote Monday evening, Ensign was greeted warmly by both Democrats and Republicans, who approached him, shook his hand and gave him hugs. He was greeted by a slew of senators, including Lindsey Graham, John Cornyn, Bill Nelson, Jon Kyl, John Thune, Saxby Chambliss, Mel Martinez, John Barrasso, Lamar Alexanader, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, John Kerry, Kent Conrad and Chuck Schumer.

Not quite the same for a gay Senate episode like the restroom rumble of Larry Craig/

Dave

June 23rd, 2009
6:25 pm

TIME IS UP EVIL REPUBLICANS – you must be both young and stupid. It was the LBJ, yellow dog democrats that held down the “blackman.” Try to at least read history, if you can read…

clyde

June 23rd, 2009
6:41 pm

Since I choose not to show a voter ID I don’t bother to go to the polls anymore.I know several people that do the same thing.Strangely enough,we all tend to vote Republican.It’s their loss.

Copyleft

June 23rd, 2009
6:45 pm

Wondering: Yes, I’m aware of that. I’m also aware of the fact that today’s Southern Republican bigot brigade would still be driven to violence by the suggestion that blacks were human, which was, y’know, the POINT.

Pubs=Psychotalk

June 23rd, 2009
7:32 pm

Hapless Handel gets humongous butt kicked yet again.

cbgb

June 23rd, 2009
7:50 pm

This whole argument reeks of ignorance. Worse that what the author purports. There’s nothing inherently wrong with the South. In the hearts of men? You betcha.

EVIL REPUBLICANS TIME IS UP

June 23rd, 2009
8:07 pm

YOU ARE RIGHT JUST MEAN AND NASTY,BUT REMEMBER THAT THE REDNECKS HICKS WERE DEMOCRAPS 1ST,THEN THEY CHANGED TO GOP REPUBLICAN SUPERSTUPID! AND NOW WITH ASIAN HISPANIC ARAB INDIAN AND BLACK BEING IN THE SOUTH YOU REDNECKS ARE OUTNUMBERED NOW,GO AHEAD AND HAVE YOUR LAME KLAN RALLY CAUSE YOUR KIND IS DYING OFF!

EVIL REPUBLICANS TIME IS UP

June 23rd, 2009
8:11 pm

DAVE YOU TOO ARE SUPERSTUPID,BECAUSE THE DEMOCRAPS FROM THE 60`S AND 70`S AND 80`S ARE NOW THE EVIL REPUBLICANS SO GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT DUMB HICK!

EVIL REPUBLICANS TIME IS UP

June 23rd, 2009
8:14 pm

DAVE YOU ARE ALSO SUPERSTUPID BECAUSE THE REDNECKS WERE DEMOCRAPS IN THE 60`S 70`S AND 80`S AND NOW THEY SWITCHED TO BECOME EVIL REPUBLICANS.

Base

June 23rd, 2009
10:52 pm

No one cares what you think wimp wooten.Why don’t you go away.

Independent Thinker

June 24th, 2009
5:57 am

I really will be happy when the Third part whatever it may be emerges and stomps the republicrats and depulicans right out of office so we won’t need to discuss this anymore.

bob

June 24th, 2009
7:37 am

not originally from the south but I thought many states like Georgia were totally dominated by Democrats, in fact, I was surprised to learn that republicans never had control of the house or senate or the office of the governor until 2000. Are you telling me that Democrats played a large roll in this discrimination ? How can that be, other than Robert Byrd, I thought the racists were all repubs.

Copyleft

June 24th, 2009
7:59 am

Bob: I don’t understand your argument. You’re saying that past Democratic control of the legislature is proof that southern bigots can’t possibly be Republicans? How does that work?

Peter

June 24th, 2009
8:04 am

Write something real Jim…….Ga Tech and Midtown is in Bondage……

bob

June 24th, 2009
8:08 am

I was not arguing anything, I was surprised to hear that a dem controlled area would be so discrimintory, the dems are the good guys.

bob

June 24th, 2009
8:12 am

san fran, you are dodging the facts in response to chad, he is correct when he says no right to vote in fed elections. Your point is correct that if one group is givin the right then all groups get that right. But chad is still correct to say that no group has the right to vote in fed elections.

Lee

June 24th, 2009
8:13 am

Just another example of how the Civil Rights Act was never about “Civil Rights” but rather, about political power.

DB, Gwinnettian

June 24th, 2009
8:19 am

Lee @ 8.13 gaining civil rights generally means gaining political power. You got a problem with that?

Californication

June 24th, 2009
8:52 am

CopyLeft, you are sadly mistaken, real Americans are NOT liberal! That is what happens when you do too many drugs, you become liberal. It seems funny that you think liberals are real American, look at the census, liberals are LESS educated and give LESS to charity, and is MORE likely to NOT have any higher education. I love the census; it really shows what losers liberals are. These are the same liberals, who can’t figure out how to do their taxes, yet they are in charge of the IRS, pretty smart isn’t it?

Californication

June 24th, 2009
8:53 am

But CopyLeft, don’t let the FACTS get in the way of your liberal lies…

[...] Jim Wooten thinks the South (mostly) remains in bondage. [...]

EVIL REPUBLICANS TIME IS UP

June 24th, 2009
9:23 am

DUMB@$$ CALIFORNICATION YOU ARE ONE NUT SAYING THAT LIBRALS ARE NOT SMARTER THAN THE GOP,WHAT THE PHUCK BUSH(SUPERSTUPID) OBAMA(SMART EDUCATED) KENNEDY(SMART) L.B.JOHNSON(DUMB@$$) CLINTON(EDUCATED) REAGAN(NO BRAIN AT ALL). AND ALSO YOU SAID SOMETHING ABOUT GOP GIVES MORE TO CHARITY,YOU ARE A COUNTRY LIE,THE GOP IS THE PARTY THAT CUT PROGRAMS HELPING THE POOR AND ELDERLY,WHEN KATRINA HAPPEN I SAW ONLY LIBRALS ATHLETES ACTORS AND SINGERS,WHERE WAS THE CHEAP DO NOTHING REDNECK REPUBLICAN?

P.S. FOR ALL YOU DUMB REPUBLICAN BACKERS THAT HAVE LOST YOUR JOBS BY WAY OF YOUR STUPID BOY BUSH AND HIS ADMINISTRATION YOU NOW NEED THOSE WELFARE AND FOOD STAMP PROGRAMS THAT YOU HICKS WERE GLAD TO GET RID OF,HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE PUT BACK IN THE POOR HOUSE,WHEN YOU WERE LIVING IN THE BIG HOUSE WHEN CLINTON WAS IN OFFICE,NOTICE YOU HICKS CANT GO TO THE BRAVES FALCONS AND HAWKS GAMES BECAUSE YOU ALL HAD TO CUT BACK ON EVERYTHING BECAUSE OF NO INCOME NOW!

A Realist

June 24th, 2009
10:18 am

I agree with the other bloggers who stated that the headlines for this article was way over the top – “BONDAGE”..I think “NOT”.

I have been a Georgia resident since 1980 and I am a firm believer that if you let the CURRENT residents of Georgia (outside of the metropolitan areas) vote on whether or not there should still be segregation in the State, the vote would be a resounding “YES”. That is why Section 5 is still needed in this State.

William in Lithonia

July 2nd, 2009
7:36 am

I can go to an ATM machine and get a reciept but Georgia can’t figure out how to make a paper record of our votes. Why? I don’t think Georgia values democracy.

Ballot access laws in Georgia are the highest in the Nation. That denies choice too. Georgia does not have Voter sponsored Intiative, Referendum, or Recall. Georgia has the least opportunity for political choice in the Nation.

Georgia has been infamous in denial of the human right for one’s voice to be heard. It is an affront to democracy to deny a person who is part of our society a voice.

And let me be clear who is part of our society in Georgia and can’t vote:

Georgia leads the nation for people on probation, parole, and in jail, and none of them can vote until they are out of jail and off probation and parole. 54,256 in jail, 435,361 on probation and 23,111 on parole.
A total of 512,728 people who can’t vote.

Georgia has the 7th largest illegal immigrant population. They can’t vote here. People who are, working harder than most of us, and even paying taxes but who’s voices and oppinions don’t count. By some estimates there are 250,000 to 450,000 people in this category.

Georgia has 577,273 legal immigrants who can’t vote. More people who are here, paying taxes, a part of our community, but who’s voices are not allowed in government.

Democracy is reduced when we deny people the right to vote who are part of our community.

Democracy is reduced when the accuracy of our elections can’t be verified by a paper trail.

Democracy is reduced when we are denied choices.

It’s long past time for Georgia to stop implementing disinfranchisement laws and segregation and to start allowing for human rights.

The argument against allowing people to participate in our society is an argument against democracy and individual liberty it’s self.

Until then I’ll continue to proclaim:
Georgia: First in Bigotry and Prisons, Last in Education and Democracy!