Wingnuts Out To Snuff The Voting Rights Act
© by Stephen Neitzke, 2006 It's the Rove White House shotgun approach. Just snuffing the electoral system with Diebold hack-o-matic, nuclear-bomb, vote-counting software and a wide array of Democratic voter derailments -- including felony conspiracies in violation of 18 USC 241 to destroy voter registrations and absentee ballot requests, to use "caging" to eliminate Democratic voters from the rolls, and to just let Katrina rip New Orleans to shreds -- is not enough. Now the Criminal Congress branch of the fascist despotism has been engaged to snuff the venerable Voting Rights Act.
From the "Civil Rights Coalition for the 21st Century" yesterday, on their site, "civilrights.org", the piece "Important vote on the Voting Rights Act reauthorization hi-jacked":
The nation's most successful civil rights law, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA), which has enjoyed bipartisan support in Congress for over 40 years and has been reauthorized four times by both Democratic and Republican presidents, was derailed today in the House.
A small group of House Republicans, including Lynn Westmoreland, R.Ga., hijacked an important vote to renew key protections in a law that has changed the face of American politics. ...
This, from the Republican Party and its good little goosesteppers, whose mega-corrupt, treasonous, anti-constitutional abominations, and felonies against our laws merited diselection into nonexistence beginning with the Bush-Cheney Usurpation in December 2000.
The Civil Rights Coalition piece continues.
Civil rights groups said that despite significant progress made during the last four decades, there is no question that barriers to full and equal minority voter participation remain.
"Many of those trying to derail the Voting Rights Act represent states with the most egregious records of discrimination in voting-- discrimination that continues to this day," said Wade Henderson, executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights.
RenewtheVRA.org, a collaborative of national organizations with strong experience protecting minority voting rights, which includes LCCR, the NAACP and NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the ACLU, commissioned a series of reports that detail continuing threats to voting rights in the states covered by the VRA's expiring provisions.
It should be clear to everyone outside the anti-rights despotism, their parasites, and their servile that all governmental institutions and agencies, as well as the Democratic Party corruption machine, are corruption-compromised beyond recognition and hope.
Nothing will change in the anti-rights picture until the people stop sitting on their hands, waiting for government to save them. Every right that the rat-bastards of money-power's fascist despotism can limit or snuff means extra profits and extra power for the superrich, their corporate sleaze, and their predator politicians. Both parties. All three branches.
We the sovereign people are the only help that is coming. The direct democracy rights and powers, legacy from the Reform Era corruption-fighting of a hundred years ago, will help us do the job to end the despotism and prevent its future recurrence. But it is all on us. No blueblood, no great political leader, no revamped Democratic Party is going to swoop in and turn off the corruption engine.
It is all on us -- at the grassroots, at the netroots. Get used to it. Getting it done will be messy, hard work. It's going to cut into your liesure time. It's going to cut into your cocoon. It's going to put you in face-to-face groups with strangers. It's going to challenge your people skills. It's going to bury your big, fragile ego in cooperation and democratic doings. Get used to it. We're all we've got.
Do something. Start now, please.