Fallout Predictable Over SCOTUS’ Voter Rights Act Ruling

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Tuesday’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in the Shelby V. Holder case struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965.

The Internet went nuts, with ignorant Twitter users firing off lamentations about the end of voting equality in America. President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder gave them great fodder. Here’s Obama:

I am deeply disappointed with the Supreme Court’s decision today… Today’s decision invalidating one of its core provisions upsets decades of well-established practices that help make sure voting is fair, especially in places where voting discrimination has been historically prevalent.

Like Chicago?

Here’s Holder:

Let me be very clear: we will not hesitate to take swift enforcement action – using every legal tool that remains available to us – against any jurisdiction that seeks to take advantage of the Supreme Court’s ruling by hindering eligible citizens’ full and free exercise of the franchise…

…As the President has made clear, Congress needs to act to make sure every American has equal access to the polls.

Here’s Nancy Pelosi:

This decision weakens the cause of voting rights in our time, disregards the challenges of discrimination still facing our country, and undermines our nation’s ongoing effort to protect the promise of equality in our laws.

Not quite. The court simply ruled that Section 4 of the VRA has outlived whatever usefulness it had four decades ago in subjecting States with a demonstrated history of racial discrimination to Federal oversight in the drawing of Congressional voting districts.

In effect, the court said, “The law worked. States more or less discriminate at about the same rate now when they draw their maps. Let the VRA States draw their maps the same way the rest of the Nation does — without having to beseech the Federal government for approval.”

Chief Justice John Roberts noted the culturally inculcated belief that the Deep South is a hotbed of institutional racism isn’t recognizable in an examination of the facts of the post-civil rights era.

“If Congress had started from scratch in 2006, it plainly could not have enacted the present coverage formula. It would have been irrational for Congress to distinguish between states in such a fundamental way based on 40-year-old data, when today’s statistics tell an entirely different story.”

The Court didn’t strike down the entire VRA, and racial discrimination against would-be voters remains as illegal as before. Racist liberal politicians know this, but are all too happy to trot out the race card once again in their ongoing, condescending effort to hypnotize minorities into voting blue.

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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  • CatGman

    Holder says “using every legal tool that remains available to us”. I believe we all know that they are ready to use those ILLEGAL tools as well.

  • Alan

    Hey, it could diminish the democrats voters pool, and they just can’t have that now can they?

    • Al Chemist

      You have that exactly right!

  • Dr Moon

    This ruling is a farce. Obama and Holder are acting mad to throw us off track when saying the Court was Blackmailed. Now they’ll say if they were blackmailed they would not have ruled on this. We’re being played for fools. Again.

  • manuel

    Oh goodness, is Roberts ever in trouble now! Does this mean he is no longer obama’s lap dog, or is this just to placate a few conservatives? I vote for the second option. The scotus seems to be firmly in the progressive corner, so let’s all get accustomed to this new order. Now the 1st Amendment, the 2nd Amendment and the 10th Amendment are just so much useless parchment paper. The rest are not too far behind and of course the mighty US Congress continues to sit on its hands and allows the obama train to run wild. Ladies, it might be time to enact a T. Jefferson dictum……

  • Al Chemist

    “Let me be very clear: we will not hesitate to take swift enforcement action – using every legal tool that remains available to us – against any jurisdiction that seeks to take advantage of the Supreme Court’s ruling by hindering eligible citizens’ full and free exercise of the franchise…”

    Translation: Holder and this administration will use every means (legal and illegal) to make sure the “ineligible” people vote and continue to keep them in power. The dirty tricks at the IRS are just the beginning. There is nothing, absolutely nothing, that these liberals/commies will not do to forward their agenda.

  • vietnamvet1971

    CRY, CRY, the Liberal Nitwits did NOT get it their way so they threaten and ridicule the SCOTUS

  • Oldmonkey

    It’s about time! 15% of America has a member of a different race in their family, and won’t put up with. This excludes those they influence!

  • agbjr

    Only a racist will bemoan the Supreme Court ruling. Only a true Constitution-abiding United States Citizen will applaud it.

    • mamamia

      Perhaps in a “normal” situation. But unfortunetly, there is still mega proportions of racism in this country. We will probably need the VRA for eternity.

      • agbjr

        “Mega proportions” of racism? If you figure in club-wielding New Black Panthers intimidating white voters at the polls and liberals screaming “RACIST!” at anyone who honors and abides the Constitution then maybe you would have a point.

        Please tell us exactly where and when in the 2008 and 2012 elections a legal US Citizen was refused their right to vote specifically because of their race? What I mean of course is persons other than Americans of Caucasian descent attempting to vote in the Philadelphia area. Include sources and web sites.

  • Alex

    Hillary 2016!

    Hillary will appoint Supremes that will help lead this wretched country into the light!

    • Richard Gibbard

      I sincerely hope that this was intended as sarcasm.

    • caser4liberty

      Hillary is a piece of dog doooo, and she would do the same to the country as obama has. Both are students and lovers of the Saul Alinsky philosophy which is to undermine the system, destructive assaults on the Establishment order in the name of “people” amounting to political nihilism; and Infiltrating the institutions of American society and government. In fact Hillary submitted her 92-page senior thesis on Alinsky’s theories interviewing him personally for the project.
      Read my friend “The rules for Revolution.”

  • Richard Gibbard

    How can you tell when vote fraud happens? A Democrat wins.

  • mark

    Now the Southern states can start a unified campaign to take away the right to vote from African American citizens. This is all part of the South’s great libertarian tradition.

    • Sgt. York

      Think Man and Not just Babble,Alabama 73% of Backs Voted and 74%of whites voted. Need I say more?

  • securityman

    they will still try and get the illegals vote, and the deads vote, i think that my grandfather voted in the last election and hes been dead for 60 years. if he thought that his name was used to vote for obummer he would be turning over……

  • ridge runner

    Mark, who a tool you are, liar AG Holder proved it isn’t blacks that get threatened or forced away from voting, it is the passive spineless abbv who have put up with this marxist/communist BS. Abbv (anyone butt black voters) always get a get passes on their criminal behavior. A prime example is the young black thug that got dropped for casing neighborhoods and copped a attitude to the wrong person (who wasn’t white) and got his sorry azz dropped. If it would have been 2 guys with sheets thrown over their heads, saying nothing at a voting spot, they would have been crucified. Not the 2 muslim communist thugs with side arms concealed on their persons, as these pervs worshippers bragged about. These of the same race claimed on prime time to have voted several times using their names and many others, did they get charged or niled, hell no.

  • BarrackHussein

    “Let me be very clear: we will not hesitate to take swift enforcement action – using every legal tool that remains available to us –”
    You mean like securing the border?
    You mean like abandoning the US Constitution?
    Pick and choose… pick and choose…
    What a travesty these criminals are. Where is the GOP?
    Asleep at the wheel.