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    In a decision that marks the end of a major civil rights-era reform, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the federal government can no longer force states and jurisdictions with a long-past history of voting discrimination to have to get federal approval for all of their voting laws.

    The 5-4 ruling rewrites a key tool of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which for five decades has given the federal government unprecedented say in everything from how some states draw their congressional maps to where they place polling locations.

    But beneath the legal ruling is a broader social significance, with the justices saying that past discrimination cannot be perpetually held against a state.

    “The Fifteenth Amendment commands that the right to vote shall not be denied or abridged on account of race or color, and it gives Congress the power to enforce that command. The amendment is not designed to punish for the past; its purpose is to ensure a better future,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote for the majority.

    The court’s four liberal-leaning justices dissented.

    The Voting Rights Act injected the federal government deep into states’ voting practices as a way of combating states — primarily in the South — who had a history of laws or practices that discriminated against black voters.

    Nine states are covered in their entirety, while counties and townships in six other states are also constrained by the so-called “preclearance” section, which means they must send all voting changes to the federal government for review before they can take effect. That gives the federal government review over everything ranging from new congressional representation maps and voter-identification laws all the way down to moving a polling place across the road.

    The preclearance provisions were deemed so drastic that when Congress enacted them in 1965, they were temporary. Lawmakers renewed in 1970, 1975, 1982 and, most recently, in 2006, when Congress extended them for 25 more years.

    Tuesday’s court decision stands in some ways as a rebuke of Congress.



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    Default Democratic lawmaker hits justice as ‘Uncle Thomas’

    The party of "tolerance" strikes again.



    A Democratic lawmaker from Minnesota criticized Tuesday’s Supreme Court decision on the Voting Rights Act by calling Justice Clarence Thomas “Uncle Thomas,” then saying he didn’t know “Uncle Tom” was a racist epithet.

    On his Twitter account Tuesday, state Rep. Ryan Winkler called the justices’ 5-4 ruling striking down a part of the law racist, and the work of “four accomplices to race discrimination and one Uncle Thomas.” Justice Thomas, who is black, was one of the five justices in the majority.

    That tweet was quickly deleted, and Mr. Winkler, who is white and represents some upper middle class suburbs west-southwest of Minneapolis, offered a conditional-tense quasi-apology in subsequent tweets.

    He said he “didn’t think it was offensive to suggest that Justice Thomas should be even more concerned about racial discrimination than colleagues. But if such a suggestion is offensive, I apologize.”

    However Mr. Winkler, whose website says he has an undergraduate history degree from Harvard and a law degree from the University of Minnesota, seemed to dig the hole deeper in a subsequent tweet, in which he said the racism of the term “Uncle Tom” was disputed and unknown to him.


    “I did not understand ‘Uncle Tom’ as a racist term, and there seems to be some debate about it. I do apologize for it, however,” he said.

    Later still, as backlash against his comments spread through political blogs and social network sites, Mr. Winkler issued a statement through the state House apologizing for his usage, though he neither specified the word nor mentioned Justice Thomas.

    “In expressing that disappointment [with Tuesday’s Supreme Court decision] on Twitter, I hastily used a loaded term that is offensive to many. My words were inappropriate and I apologize,” he said. “I regret that my comments have distracted from the serious dialogue we must have going forward to ensure racial discrimination has no place in our election system.”



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    Quote Originally Posted by bklynboy68 View Post
    The party of "tolerance" strikes again.



    A Democratic lawmaker from Minnesota criticized Tuesday’s Supreme Court decision on the Voting Rights Act by calling Justice Clarence Thomas “Uncle Thomas,” then saying he didn’t know “Uncle Tom” was a racist epithet.

    On his Twitter account Tuesday, state Rep. Ryan Winkler called the justices’ 5-4 ruling striking down a part of the law racist, and the work of “four accomplices to race discrimination and one Uncle Thomas.” Justice Thomas, who is black, was one of the five justices in the majority.

    That tweet was quickly deleted, and Mr. Winkler, who is white and represents some upper middle class suburbs west-southwest of Minneapolis, offered a conditional-tense quasi-apology in subsequent tweets.

    He said he “didn’t think it was offensive to suggest that Justice Thomas should be even more concerned about racial discrimination than colleagues. But if such a suggestion is offensive, I apologize.”

    However Mr. Winkler, whose website says he has an undergraduate history degree from Harvard and a law degree from the University of Minnesota, seemed to dig the hole deeper in a subsequent tweet, in which he said the racism of the term “Uncle Tom” was disputed and unknown to him.


    “I did not understand ‘Uncle Tom’ as a racist term, and there seems to be some debate about it. I do apologize for it, however,” he said.

    Later still, as backlash against his comments spread through political blogs and social network sites, Mr. Winkler issued a statement through the state House apologizing for his usage, though he neither specified the word nor mentioned Justice Thomas.

    “In expressing that disappointment [with Tuesday’s Supreme Court decision] on Twitter, I hastily used a loaded term that is offensive to many. My words were inappropriate and I apologize,” he said. “I regret that my comments have distracted from the serious dialogue we must have going forward to ensure racial discrimination has no place in our election system.”



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    Quote Originally Posted by Amish Van Halen View Post
    Politicians shouldn't have Twitter accounts. Or at the very least, pay someone to proofread your stupidity before you get the chance to post a tweet.
    Athletes and celebs neither.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amish Van Halen View Post
    Politicians shouldn't have Twitter accounts. Or at the very least, pay someone to proofread your stupidity before you get the chance to post a tweet.
    I disagree. You're more likely to maybe find out what someone really thinks if the masses have access to their un-abridged & un-polished politi-speak.

    Besides, it's fun to watch them back-peddle.
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    WH Touts Kenyan Program to Obtain National ID Cards for Voter Registration

    As President Obama and his family continue their tour of Africa, the White House put out a Fact Sheet entitled "U.S. Support for Strengthening Democratic Institutions, Rule of Law, and Human Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa." One of the first items highlighted by the White House is a $53 million program in Kenya that helps young people "obtain National identification cards, a prerequisite to voter registration."

    Civil society and independent media play a critical role in any vibrant democracy. Across sub-Saharan Africa, the United States supports efforts to ensure civil society organizations and independent media can organize, advocate, and raise awareness with governments and the private sector to improve political processes, transparency, and government performance. Examples include:

    • In Kenya, the $53 million Yes Youth Can program empowers nearly one million Kenyan youth to use their voices for advocacy in national and local policy-making, while also creating economic opportunities. In advance of Kenya’s March 2013 general elections, Yes Youth Can’s “My ID My Life” campaign helped 500,000 youth obtain National identification cards, a prerequisite to voter registration, and carried out a successful nationwide campaign with Kenyan civic organizations to elicit peace pledges from all presidential aspirants. [emphasis added]

    At an August 2012 press briefing, Jay Carney had the following to say about a Texas voter ID law:

    And on the voter ID case, I can tell you that, as you know, this administration believes it should be easier for eligible citizens to vote -- to register and vote. We should not be imposing unnecessary obstacles or barriers to voter participation.


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    The hyperbolic reaction by the left to this decision was hilarious.

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    Why is it that so many politicians fail at history and civil rights/liberties?

    Who doesn't learn about Uncle Tom's Cabin growing up?
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    Quote Originally Posted by xaminer View Post
    Why is it that so many politicians fail at history and civil rights/liberties?

    Who doesn't learn about Uncle Tom's Cabin growing up?
    He knew exactly what he was writing. There is no other explanation for describing him as "uncle" otherwise.

    It's hilarious that he isn't being dragged through the streets when another politician was drilled for describing someone as "mukaka"...a word no one has ever heard of, yet journalists decided was a racial slur.
    CNN may think my opinion matters, but you shouldn't.

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    How about this one. I watched it live on MSNBC (Martin Bashir).

    MICHAEL ERIC DYSON: "Clarence Thomas's actions here today, though consistent, though tragic to me, are even more so in light of the bulk of decisions he's rendered in the name of a judicial vote on the Supreme Court. A symbolic Jew has invited a metaphoric Hitler to commit holocaust and genocide upon his own people."

 

 

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