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A Reminder that the Republican Party is the Dedicated Enemy of Civil Rights

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thurmond190

An excellent survey of how the Republican justices gutting the Voting Rights Act and the aggressive southern Republican attempt to intimidate voters of color and to game the system so that Latinos can never hold power is just another chapter in American white supremacy. That the central battleground of this white supremacist desperation to hold onto power is Texas will surprise no one.

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  • Derelict

    I guess when your constituency is steadily narrowing, there’s not much in the way of alternatives besides keeping everyone else out of the voting booth.

    And this is one story where no reporter can say “both sides do it” without having to reach back a century or more to find nominal Democrats enacting Jim Crow

    • BGinCHI

      Unfortunately, it works like this:

      The GOP is interested in voter fraud and the Dems are interested in encouraging everyone to vote, no matter who they are.

      In the American media it is seen as somehow hinky if you try to get people to actually vote.

      • libarbarian

        Do you REALLY want the wrong people voting?

        ;)

        • BGinCHI

          Exactly.

          We can laugh about it, but Jesus, the right believes that completely.

        • PSP

          No. But barring anyone who believes that the bible is the literal truth from voting would be unconstitutional.

          • cpinva

            “But barring anyone who believes that the bible is the literal truth from voting would be unconstitutional.”

            there’s an app for that!

          • Snarki, child of Loki

            barring anyone who believes that the bible is the literal truth from voting would be unconstitutional.

            anyone who believes that the bible is the literal truth would know that voting is un-biblical. Monarchy is biblical, not democracy (heathen Greek preverts and all that stuff).

            Did those apostle dudes vote for Jesus as messiah, hmm?

            • Linnaeus

              Well, the Lord’s Prayer does say “Thy Kingdom come” and not “Thy Republic come” or “Thy Anarcho-Syndicalist Commune come”.

            • UserGoogol

              The Bible’s attitude towards monarchy is kind of mixed, despite God very explicitly supporting the House of David. The Book of Judges has a different political system, and the transition to monarchy is described as something God wasn’t entirely approving of, and only happened because the people of Israel felt like they needed a king. (The will of the people!) The government of the Book of Judges wasn’t really a democracy either, but I think the key political message of the Bible is that a government is good if it is godly and bad if it isn’t. So the idea of a theocratic democracy is not contradictory to the Bible, even if it’s contradictory with liberal democracy.

  • Bruce Vail
    • Yes, but as I’ve explained several times, in Rhode Island “Democrat” means absolutely nothing except “I want access to power.”

      • BGinCHI

        In Illinois it means the same thing, with the same possibility of jail time.

        • Lee Rudolph

          Oh, Rhode Island isn’t a complete slouch at jail time for local politicians—a couple of Chief Justices, the odd mayor or two, and most recently a Speaker of the House.

          • I’m actively wishing for our current Speaker to end up in prison.

            • Snarki, child of Loki

              Would it be easier to just build a security wall around the Statehose?

      • Bruce Vail

        As a former resident of Brooklyn NY and a current resident of Baltimore MD, I know exactly what you are talking about.

        LGMers seem to hate the ‘both sides do it’ political cliche, but there is an undeniable germ of truth there.

        • Except that in Rhode Island, both sides don’t do it. Republicans are an irrelevancy so you have a split between progressive Democrats and conservative Democrats. Conservative Democrats do it, progressive Democrats don’t. And those conservative Democrats would be Republican if they were in a state with a functioning Republican Party.

          • Bruce Vail

            No different than Brooklyn or Baltimore. Any area where a single party gains a near-monopoly of political offices will suffer from a culture of personal corruption and neglect of good public policy. It’s why I’m a passionate supporter of Working Families Party here in Maryland.

        • cpinva

          “LGMers seem to hate the ‘both sides do it’ political cliche, but there is an undeniable germ of truth there.”

          there is in pretty much every stereotype/cliche’, that still doesn’t make them true for 99% of their targets.

  • JL

    Reading this post, I thought that maybe next year I should go to Texas and help with voter registration drives or something for a week or two.

    It turns out, however, that to register voters in Texas, you need to be deputized by the Texas Secretary of State (which you can only do for one county), complete a training curriculum, and meet a variety of criteria, of which the one that would disqualify me is “be a resident of Texas.” Most of the rest amount to “You have to be eligible to vote in Texas,” though you don’t have to be registered yourself. WTF? They really don’t want any outside agitators – or immigrants who haven’t yet obtained citizenship, or bright-eyed high schoolers – helping their residents register to vote, do they? If you’re not state-deputized, you can hand out blank registration forms, but that’s it.

    • They don’t hide the vote suppression in Texas. They don’t have to.

    • BGinCHI

      Are the only things they regulate in that state women’s access to healthcare and voting?

      • rea

        They regulate the hell out of people who don’t want guns around.

        • PohranicniStraze

          Or fracking.

    • Roberta

      Oh, wow. They’re not even pretending.

    • mikeSchilling

      You also need admitting privileges at a local hospital.

    • JL

      An interesting update:

      Having determined that I cannot help with voter registration drives in Texas, I thought I might help closer to home and looked up New Hampshire. After all, it’s the nearest swing state to me.

      Turns out New Hampshire doesn’t allow voter registration drives at all. Though on the plus side they allow Election Day registration.

  • mikeSchilling

    2014 governor’s race:
    Greg Abbott 59%
    Wendy Davis 39%

    2014 senatorial race:
    John Cornyn 62%
    David Alameel 34%

    This word “desperation”, I do not think it means what you think it means.

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