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The Obama Justice Department Proves That Elections Matter!

Whether you are conservative or liberal, the actions of many states to keep people from voting should send a chill down your spine.

In a country where voter participation is abysmal, we should all be working to get more people involved in the political process – not less. In a move that should remind everyone on the left how important elections are, the Obama Justice department has rejected South Carolina’s new law requiring a photo ID at the polls.

We don’t have to look back very far to see what a Republican Justice department would do.

This is also, by the way, another one of those “parties matter” moments, of which there have been many lately. Remember, in 2005, career staffers in the Justice Department’s Voting Section found that Georgia’s voter-ID law was discriminatory and should be rejected — only to see Bush/Cheney officials override their own experts’ judgment and approve the proposal.

There has been a lot of progress in voting rights since the Voting Rights Act of 1965, but in recent years, the Republican Party, which is now dominated by the Tea Party wing, is trying to roll back that progress and disenfranchise voters who just happen to be in predominantly minority populations. And we all know it is because minorities understand clearly that the Democratic Party represents all people, regardless of skin color or ethnic background and these people tend to vote in their own self interests – for Democrats.

For Republicans, it’s a game of percentages. If they can lower the turnout of minorities and make it harder for groups who support Democratic candidates to have their votes counted, they can continue their quest to….well, it seems like their only goal is to put more money in the pockets of the rich. They really haven’t tried to hide that fact in the last few years. It’s all about protecting the rich and consequently, hurting the poor. And I don’t think I’m being hyperbolic.

Elections matter, vote Democratic.

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December 24, 2011 - Posted by | 2012 Election, Justice System | ,

3 Comments »

  1. Three Federal Judges, two appointed by a Republican president and one by a Democrat, have ruled against the Texas redistricting map because the Republicans who control the state legislature had gerrymandered it to prevent any districts where Hispanics could win even though much of the population growth over the past decade that gave Texas FOUR more seats in Congress was due to Latino increases.

    http://www.chron.com/default/article/Court-says-redistrict-plans-may-be-discriminatory-2422929.php

    Comment by grantinhouston | December 24, 2011 | Reply

  2. Tennessee legislature has also put in place such voting restrictions as photo ID, etc. We’ve been setting up booths trying to register people and let them know of these new restrictions. It’s surprising how many people didn’t know about them. Your article was correct in every way; they don’t want these people to vote. I started telling our local Dem party back in the summer that they had better get ahead of this, and now it’s staring us right in the eyes. We’ll work as hard as we can and see how it turns out; it may backfire and make people all that more inclined to vote. One can only hope.

    Comment by Rita Miller | December 24, 2011 | Reply

  3. Actually this issue is all about voter fraud. The Obama administration must feel it benefits from it, so it opposes effective and fair efforts like in SC to get rid of the massive voter fraud problem.

    The SC plan is not racist or anti-minority at all, since it includes free state-provided valid voter IDs for anyone who does not have one.

    Rita: Voter ID does not restrict voting unless you plan to vote twice or commit other fraudulent acts.

    Comment by none | December 26, 2011 | Reply


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