Supreme Court Helps the GOP Revive the Era of Jim Crow

My Wednesday post:

Here’s a fantastic example of cognitive dissonance. On Tuesday, Republicans and conservatives managed to somehow continue their collective screeching about the rapidly fizzling IRS non-scandal and how the government unfairly targeted conservatives, while also applauding the Shelby County v. Holder ruling which would allow Republican-controlled states to deliberately target Democrats with disenfranchisement.

That’s a remarkable display of intellectually violence right there.

As I’m sure you’re aware by now, Chief Justice John Roberts along with four other justices gave a dying party a resuscitating zap with an electoral defibrillator. The Court decided that Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional, thus undermining Section 5, which requires certain states with particularly egregious histories of racism seek approval from the Justice Department for any and all changes to voting rules and regulations. Put another way, the Supreme Court just removed a huge barrier between the Republican Party and its continuing strategy for suppressing Democratic voters, thus giving the Republicans an extra advantage on Election Day.

It’s difficult to envision a more obvious example of a political party abusing government power as a means of deliberately targeting the opposing political party. [READ ON]

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  • Joyce M

    Before the literacy tests and poll tax were struck down, many women did not vote in Texas. Does a poor woman sacrifice two dinners for her family to pay the poll tax? Does a woman with a poor educational background, try to pass the literacy test?

  • Zen Diesel

    Can we just let Texas leave the Union, they are bringing down the rest of the country with it’s insane way of governing.