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Biden Regrets Not Being In Selma; Holder Says South Still Needs Voter Law Oversight

March 5, 2013 by  

Biden Regrets Not Being In Selma; Holder Says South Still Needs Voter Law Oversight
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The Edmund Pettus Bridge was the site of the “Bloody Sunday” police attacks.

Flanked by Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton (as well as a few people who actually don’t use racial conflict for personal gain) Vice President Joe Biden told Southerners he felt guilty for not having been a part of the original Selma-to-Montgomery civil rights marches almost 50 years ago.

Biden was in Selma, Ala., Sunday, visiting the Edmund Pettus Bridge to commemorate the 48th anniversary of the “Bloody Sunday” police attacks, which helped draw national attention to institutional racism in the South during the late 1960s.

“I regret — and although it’s not a part of what I’m supposed to say — I apologize it took me 48 years to get here… I should have been here,” said a contrite Biden.

This year’s Bloody Sunday anniversary came only a week after the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on both sides of a challenge to eliminate a portion of the Voting Rights Act, a piece of civil rights-era legislation that has tasked nine States (seven in the South) with seeking permission from the U.S. Department of Justice anytime their legislatures take up voter redistricting or similar electoral changes.

The Act, including the nine-State “preclearance” provision, was most recently reaffirmed by Congress in 2006. Except for a few individual counties named in the Act, the other 41 racism-free states can change their elections laws without permission from the DOJ.

Biden kept his comments on target, and he never condescended to present-day Southerners by indicating racism is endemic to only one part of the Nation. Neither did he use the occasion to overtly promote any current White House policy agenda.

But U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who also made the trip, did just that, drafting a speech with a not-so-subtle message from the Administration of President Barack Obama that the Supreme Court shouldn’t strike down the preclearance requirement:

“Let me be clear:  although our nation has indeed changed, although the South is far different now, and although progress has indeed been made, we are not yet at the point where the most vital part of the Voting Rights Act can be deemed unnecessary. The struggle for voting rights for all Americans must continue – and it will.”

Holder’s remarks pleased Jackson, who later said a Voting Rights Act requiring the same electoral diligence from all 50 States would be “terribly damaging to democracy,” and that a Supreme Court ruling invalidating the preclearance requirement would amount to a “judicial scheme” that once again invites racist gerrymandering in the South.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • Warrior

    Nobody, and I mean nobody does “gerrymandering” better than the chicago democrapic machine. ILL is “finished” in every sense of the word!

    • eddie47d

      Everyone should have been in Selma in those dark days and crushed the hatred that was allowed. Good for Joe Biden. This issue shouldn’t be strictly about the south anymore but anyplace where voters are suppressed or equality isn’t granted. If voters are denied the right to vote then the person doing the denying has the problem not the person trying to express his American right. If you are of age and a citizen then nothing should stop this process. I’m sure someone will attempt to bring up the BP’s situation in Philadelphia (don’t you always) so I’ll be the first. There was no intimadation in stopping someone from voting in that case. Matter of fact they were there to make sure everyone was allowed to vote and no one was left out. Just the opposite of what is always stated. If any laws were broken it should have been handled in local court.

      • STEVE E.

        If Biden went to Selma to help the blacks gain their rights, the Democrats would not have voted for him because he would be against their cause.

      • meteorlady

        Eddie – I am labeled a minority, Sioux. The DEMOCRATS put that label on me. The Democrats were the most responsible for segregation in the South. The Democrats started the KKK. The Democrats have purchased my people with freebies and labels since I can’t remember and it’s hurt many and caused widespread poverty, the breakdown of families, and crime. It hurts me to go to the reservation and see what’s happening there.

        To be labeled a “minority” is an insult. It says I’m less than a full citizen of this country, that I have special needs because of things that happened before I was born. That I somehow deserve to get into a college even though my grades are lower than other applicants. It gives people a license to fail and they use that excuse to do just that.

        The Democrats have promoted poverty and crime for years and years with their social engineering. So please spare me your sympathy and righteousness.

    • JimH

      Ah, life in Madiganistan. Don’t you know Illinois is just a life support system for the leach species known as Chicago?

  • Doc Sarvis

    Considering the voter disenfranchisement efforts the Republican party implemented in some states just prior to the last year’s election we need better voter protection laws.

    • STEVE E.

      That’s not near a bad as what the southern Democrats did, when they suppressed the black votes, and performed the Bloody Sunday they were responsible for in Selma.

  • Nadzieja Batki

    When anyone sane comes around Biden they should be wearing protective suits, boots, and have a shovel by their side, as soon as Biden speaks so much manure is produced.

    • eddie47d

      That leaves you out Nadzieja! I wear protection anytime I respond to you to protect myself from transmitted diseases.

  • http://www.facebook.com/merl.johnston Merl Johnston

    I think it is time for all the states to have the same requirements for voting rights. They need a system that can positively ID a person as being who they say they are and that they are in fact a citizen of the U.S. and eligible to legally vote. Our voting system has become very corrupt. We have too many people voting that should not be doing so and too many voting more than one time in multiple places. The people that are screaming about needing equal voting rights, but don’t want a proper ID check. Are the same ones that are abusing the system we currently have. I truly believe that it is time for one legal citizen to have one vote. No matter what your race is. And polling place intimidation should be prosecuted no matter who you are, what party you belong to, or what color your skin is. Enough is enough.

  • http://gravatar.com/bychoosing WTS/JAY

    Ben: Flanked by Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton (as well as a few people who actually don’t use racial conflict for personal gain) Vice President Joe Biden told Southerners he felt guilty for not having been a part of the original Selma-to-Montgomery civil rights marches almost 50 years ago.

    Ah, “white-guit”, the Liberal death-wish!

    The rules governing race relations in the U.S. have been established within the framework of a Liberal ideology. This is true for both Whites and Blacks.

    Modern “Liberalism” is an ideology based on “White guilt”, but it offers no answers, no solutions, no redemption, and no real-world explanation for that “guilt” . . . instead, it offers grandiose procedures, which only serve to irritate their self-imposed guilt feelings:

    “By constantly emphasizing Black “victimology”; and for those same liberal Whites, the focus is on continuous correction, on continuous re-education, on self-criticism and heightened sensitivity and (“sensitivity training”), on revisionist history, on more taxpayer dollars, on more affirmative action, on more government tribunals, on more groveling and kowtowing to the latest Black fetish, fad, demand, gimmick, or outrage”.

    For the White Liberal, there is no amount of “White grovelling”, no amount of “White suffering”, no amount of “Black-on-White murder”, torture, mayhem, rape, robbery, humiliation, and degradation that will suffice to atone for the injustices, real or imagined, of the past. For the Liberal, there is no end or no terminal point, to the problem of guilt. There is no saying, “Our work is finally done.” There is no saying, “Enough is enough.” There is no moment for the soul to be at peace. Facing Realities Is Not The Way of White Liberals”

    “Liberal guilt” is never appeased. Liberal guilt is obsessive and insatiable. Thus, the White liberal is perpetually and morally disarmed before the Black person.

    However, Liberals will constantly remind the rest of us that we must go to ridiculous lengths to self-monitor our every word, thought, and move. Those same Liberals constantly remind us that we must adopt a demeaning “racial etiquette” that is so extensive, so demanding, so humiliating, so masochistic, so impossible and unpredictable, that ordinary day-to-day living with Black people becomes problematic, becomes filled with tricks and tension, with dangerous, hidden, racial land mines just waiting to explode.

    When it comes to relations between Whites and other races, “Liberal guilt” demands that Whites must always obey the subtle, obscure, and tortuous rules so carefully built up by decades of “Liberal guilt-mongering” –– that Whites must lead a life that is full of stress, without fun and laughter, where we must re-think, and then re-re-think again, our every thought and every move, where all enjoyment in life is compromised or denied, where our best intentions are always met with suspicion or hostility, where every joke becomes problematic, where our every word is subject to misinterpretation, where our every innocent remark is rebuked with an insult, where our most sincere apologies are never accepted, where our genuine friendship is not reciprocated, where our utmost generosity is never good enough, and where we are constantly reminded of the transgressions, real or imagined, of our hated “White ancestors”.

    When people no longer accept the common rules in their mutual intercourse, when White people are no longer allowed to move peacefully through the streets of life, when all Whites are “racists,”… then civilization ceases to exist.

    The destruction of order and civilization, as a means of dealing with irrational “Liberal guilt”, is the end product of Liberalism itself. Ironically, that is the only significant accomplishment of Liberalism!

    Guilt-Tripping” White People (please read):
    http://elliotlakenews.wordpress.com/2012/02/17/guilt-tripping-white-people/

  • ibcamn

    Crazy uncle Joe,anything to keep voter fraud alive and well,and yes we knew Holder was going to play a race card for Obama!the people of the US are not as dumb,or “Homer” as Obama says,as the progressive liberals think we are.when it comes to voting,it should be the same in every state,”you need a legal picture ID to vote for anything!”.I need an ID to get almost everything,i go to my clinic,i have to prove who i am!i go to my bank,i need a ID!i register my daughter for school,again valid ID for me and proof she’s my daughter!voting should be the same, in every state!

    So why is Biden so against it!it’s not about race,so why do they always make it about race?!think about it!Holder’s in on the gun running scam and now a voter scam?!maybe!Holder say’s it,the nation “has changed”and he says “progress”has been made,and that “we”are not at the most vital point yet of the voting rights act!!what part of the voting rights act??!who are we(progressives)?I think something very sinister is going on way more than we know!why are they so stubborn on something so simple and easy?easy,voting time is right around the corner for senate seats again,mid term elections,the progressives want the republican seats gone!!wiped out so Obama and his henchmen can run rampant unopposed!they missed their chance before(why no one can figure out)but those two years are never brought up at times they should be!they don’t want to talk about it!!i think they dropped the ball and thought they were invincible!

    This is all about getting rid of the GOP!that’s all this is about,not race or equal rights,it’s about the “forward”movemement of the Obama machine!!!

  • Jeanette

    Biden is right, but the way he thinks.

    My husband saw five illegal aliens helped to vote for Obama last year. They were both sexes and various ages, and they each gave the same name and the same address. We live in a rural area and our polling place doesn’t see very many voters, so multiply that by who knows how many in Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio.

    But since Republicans are prevented by law from investigating Democrat election fraud, there was (and is) nothing to be done, at least by Republicans.

    http://fellowshipofminds.wordpress.com/2012/11/15/why-the-gop-will-not-do-anything-about-vote-fraud/

    Because liberals can now commit any amount of voter fraud (even more votes than the entire population, for instance), we will likely never see a conservative win another big or important election if we don’t replace the Republican Party with a conservative party … a party which is not bound by the above agreement.

    • Jeanette

      Sorry – make that Holder who is correct, not Biden.

    • Jack

      Jeanette:

      You have been drinking the right wing kool aide way to long. THERE IS NO LAW THAT PREVENTS THE REPUBLICANS FROM INVESTIGATING “VOTER FRAUD” BY REPUBLICANS, DEMOCRATS OR OTHERS.

  • Dad

    Holder says… who cares…
    This is the same ‘holder’ that was arming drug cartels on the border with assault weapons…

    • eddie47d

      He was only feeding your fetish! The more assault type weapons the merrier,right!

  • TML

    “This year’s Bloody Sunday anniversary came only a week after the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on both sides of a challenge to eliminate a portion of the Voting Rights Act, a piece of civil rights-era legislation that has tasked nine States (seven in the South) with seeking permission from the U.S. Department of Justice anytime their legislatures take up voter redistricting or similar electoral changes.

    The Act, including the nine-State “preclearance” provision, was most recently reaffirmed by Congress in 2006. Except for a few individual counties named in the Act, the other 41 racism-free states can change their elections laws without permission from the DOJ.”

    Utterly ridiculous. The provision should absolutely be struck down. This isn’t the 60’s anymore, people… heck, it wasn’t even a “real” “Bloody Sunday”. People got hit with clubs and tear gas, and 50 went to the hospital. Compare that to the Russian Bloody Sunday when the Imperial Guard fired on a group of protestors killing an estimated 90+ people and injuring more than 300. Freakin whiners

  • Grandpa Frog

    Concerning the voter law, I would like to see an article regarding the following:

    1). What stipulations were imposed by the voter law?

    2). What stipulations ( if any) have not been complied with?

    2). What stipulations have current disagreements?

  • meteorlady

    Jesse and Al… people who gain the most by keeping us separate and mad. I’m not impressed, but I’m saddened that these two carry so much weight with the Black community. They truly represent themselves and their own best interests which is MONEY AND POWER.

    If they truly wanted equality, they would take the labels off people like me and start treating us a real Americans. We aren’t stupid or somehow less than American because we have a different skin color. I have made it in life through hard work and I run a business. I don’t get that others didn’t have the same chances that I had and therefore need “help” from those that are working hard and trying to earn a living for the betterment of THEIR OWN families.

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