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Supreme Court: The Voting Rights Act Worked--So Now It's Unconstitutional


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: politics, government, ethics, SupremeCourt, u.s., workers rights )

Cal
- 483 days ago - motherjones.com
Chief Justice Roberts led the high court's five conservatives in striking down a key part of the Voting Rights Act on Tuesday.



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Jae A. (323)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 3:06 pm
One of my comment from other threads on this same topic today.
"As if our votes matter to these same Supreme Court Justices in the first place...See 2000 election for details."
 

Roseann D. (178)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 3:40 pm
Haven't we seen enough corruption and partisanship from these clownmasters??? Time to impeach 'em and throw 'em in the slammer.
 

Arielle S. (317)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 4:15 pm
What an oxymoron... Justices....must be where that saying about justice being blind came from....
 

Carol H. (229)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 5:08 pm
noted, thanks Cal
 

Jason S. (57)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 6:24 pm
Good posting, thanks
 

Stephen Brian (23)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 9:22 pm
It's a serious infringement on state-authority made reasonable by specific social problems. If those problems have gone away, or been reduced to the point where such infringement is no longer justified, then it would be an unreasonable infringement on state-authority. That's why I think such "responsive" legislation should always be written with a sunset-clause.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 11:05 pm
Agree with Arielle, and everyone else.
 

Patricia N. (8)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 12:29 am
What is going on with the U.S. Supreme Court. It's as divided as the government on such important issues.
 

John Gregoire (257)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 4:14 am
BAd headline -that's not what they said. It's no longer 1965 and those states have improved greatly. Heck, Miss. has better registration and voter turn out than many "white" states. Now, we do return to the constitution in the sense that it does not allow for some staes to be treated differently from others. I'm not a southerner but I respect the gains made.
 

Jessica S. (178)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 5:20 am
Of course the far right would legislate from the bench over this. The only way for Republicans to stay in power is for minorities to be disenfranchised. With the country becoming less male and less white, Roberts and his ilk are shaking in their boots.
 

Jason R. (60)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 8:27 am
And the voter suppression began immediately. Texas enacts voter ID. Looks like the SCOTUS is NOT up to date on the racism coming from the fascist, republican party. Looks like we have to start over.
 

Arielle S. (317)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 9:20 am
No, it's no longer 1965 but it might as well be in some areas. I DO live in the south and you can bet there will be other states besides Texas coming up with all kinds of ways to keep some people from voting.
 

Lois Jordan (56)
Saturday June 29, 2013, 5:44 pm
SCROTUS and the GOP are determined to take us back to the 1950's aren't they? I am so disgusted!
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (80)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 4:03 am
After the suppression of voters from the registration lists that Florida so carefully choreographed for Bush's elections (via a very expensive private consultant), all painstakingly researched & narrated by Greg Palast in 'the Best Democracy Money Can Buy,' you wonder in what bubble of unreality these SCOTUS judges are living!

Or there's no 'bubble of unreality' at all: they intentionally seek to remove Afro-Americans from the voting registration lists, a long-time strategy of the GOP! SCOTUS are supposed to UPHOLD the law of the land, & here they are justifying BREAKING it & inciting more of BREAKING of it! While pretending to uphold the spirit of the Voting Rights Act, they gut it of the most important provisions for minorities. Of course, GOP state govts are just waiting to pounce on this & put it into practice!

This deserves much worse than "a BIG spanking behind the woodshed immediately," although the idea does appeal to me! What a shame that SCOTUS justices cannot be impeached or 'resigned.' What a sham of justice!
I think he ought to be lynched -- or rather taken very close to it, to give him a big scare.

Please take a look at this picture with text of Bill Maher's reaction to this, as found on the Upworthy site under the title, 'It Only Took Bill Maher 51 Words to Dismantle the Supreme Court's Argument."

Please watch this YouTube clip: Bill Maher Tears Into Scotus Voting Rights Ruling

Huffington originally had the video on the same page as the following article, 'Bill Maher Slams Voting Rights Act Decision: 'Racism 2.0' (VIDEO)', but they chose a video of Maher's panel discussion that has since been removed, so only the text is of interest.

Much of the coverage on Maher's response to the gutting of the Voting Rights Act used in their titles variations of only the most vulgar pronouncement he made: "Bill Maher SCOTUS Voting Rights Ruling "Pulled From Roberts' Ass" "; "Maher Savages SCOTUS Voting Rights Ruling: Pulled From Roberts’ Ass, ‘Racist’ Scalia Using Fox Talking Points"

Huffington article: "Bill Maher Slams Voting Rights Act Decision: 'Racism 2.0' ({no more} VIDEO)":
"Bill Maher was no fan of the Supreme Court's ruling this week that threw out Article 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, saying that the decision enables disenfranchisement of minorities at the polls.

"These Supreme Court dudes, they don't live in the real world. They don't know how much the country has changed," Maher said of Chief Justice John Roberts' declaration that the country had changed enough to eliminate the law.

He had a spirited debate with his panel, which included Kristen Soltis, Horace Cooper and Dan Neil about whether the ruling was a truly fair and accurate reflection of the modern state of race in America.

Maher opined that the decision was a reflection of "racism 2.0," a much more subtle way to prevent progress than openly using racial slurs or expressing racism.

"Donald Trump is a worse racist, but he gets to keep his show because he didn't say the word," Maher said. "Sarah Palin's a worse racist. She said Obama was shucking and jiving his way to victory. Newt Gingrich said he was the food stamp president. This is real racism." "
 

Lynn Squance (232)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 12:16 am
It is very apparent that the recent SCOTUS decision to void the preclearance formula is politically motivated and very wrong headed. A number of legal experts, including conservative former justices, have analysed the decision and declared it wrong headed too. The Congress must come up with a preclearance formula, or have every state submit to preclearance in order to ensure that no American is denied their constitutional right to vote.
 
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