IS ANYONE WHO STUDIED THIS ISSUE REALLY SURPRISED?
I’m not. I wrote most of this response six months ago in the belief that SCOTUS would rule as it did.
All five of the Justices who voted to gut the act have long been opposed to it. Citing what they called an outdated formula they did the dirty deed knowing that the GOP House will not move on any formula update. Given gerrymandering we are probably stuck with this until the Census of 2020 when redistricting will take place.
Why did they do as they did? Take your pick:
a) A sincere belief that the nation has truly and deeply changed……
b) A desire to shift voting power back into the hands of the shrinking white majorities in many of the regions covered by Section 4….
c) An unwillingness to accept Congress’ overwhelming re-endorsement of the VRA in July 2006….
d) A belief that voter inequality is something the states are entitled to address and not the federal government….
e) A fevered loyalty to a GOP that cannot win in the shifting demographics of so many of the covered areas….
Whatever the reason……Now the battle is truly on…..If you are one of those who have had your right to vote challenged, or had your right curtailed by the conditions of voting, or had the results of an election unjustly challenge, it is clear who the enemy is.
The new Civil Rights Movement? I suspect it will be a return to the old Civil Rights Movement. It will focus on voters rights.
What must be done:
A) Win back the House – or at the least come close, throwing a scare into those who occupy seats in areas that are shifting….
B) Keep control of the Senate and change its rules of operation.
C) Hold the White House.
D) Wage battles to take back State Houses and Governorships especially in states that vote Blue on the national level and looking forward to 2020.
E) Challenge in protests, in courts and in elections every effort to limit access to voting, make it harder to vote, or manipulate voting.
F) Energize every voter who is a likely target for those efforts which includes those still labeled as minorities, GLBT’s, progressives/liberals, the poor, the lower middle class…..make it clear that this is an effort to stage a coup and they must fight it.
Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting. (Franklin D. Roosevelt)
If we accept this decision as it now stands…..we will deprive ourselves of the right to shape our own future. I, for one, will not go quietly.
The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don’t have to waste your time voting. (Charles Bukowski)
The Supreme Court Majority today is standing by this definition. They want us to stand by the pretense that we are in a democracy but run it as a dictatorship. To hell with that and to hell with them.