The Blind Archer

The city of Kinston, N.C., requested Justice Department approval to eliminate party affiliation from their ballots.

From time to time, liberals manage to stumble onto the proper course of action; although their discoveries routinely fall into the “fire enough arrows and you’ll eventually hit a tree” department. Witness Federal Judge John Bates’ decision to turn back a challenge to section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Section 5 requires Department of Justice “preclearance” before any changes can be made to “any voting qualification or prerequisite to voting, or standard, practice, or procedure with respect to voting” in any “covered jurisdiction.” That means no one in any place dominated by the Democrats back in 1965 can update or modernize their voting regulations without a note from the guys who work for Eric Holder. The challenge was brought to the court as a result of the decision by the Department of Justice to reject a plan by the city of Kinston, N.C., to eliminate party affiliation from their ballots. When the people of Kinston agreed to force voters to learn something substantive about office-seekers, the Justice Department disallowed their plan, suggesting racism was a factor: “The elimination of party affiliation on the ballot will likely reduce the ability of blacks to elect candidates of choice.”

The Justice Department was hardly alone in offering protection to our evidently hapless and helpless African-American brethren. The American Civil Liberties Union — on behalf of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People — predictably raced in to oppose the Kinston nonpartisan ballot referendum. A far-left group that pushes a super-liberal agenda through activist courts uniting with a racist hate group is raised-eyebrow-worthy on its own. The same pair colluding over electoral politics should set off any alarm in range. In the case of the Kinston measure, the liberals have accidentally granted us a glimpse of their real beliefs while doing the right thing for the wrong reason.

At best, the ACLU, NAACP and the bureaucrats who denied the people of Kinston’s right to hold free and fair elections are suggesting that black people are uninformed, ignorant rubes whose minds — and, thus, votes — are as easily corralled as slow-witted bovines. At worst, they’re suggesting black people are literally subnormal; so stupid that they will freeze like headlight-stunned deer if confronted with a ballot that doesn’t identify the contenders with simple, one-letter labels. Either way, the fact that liberals think either one or the other reveals the essential racist elitism that lies at the core of their darkened hearts.

In the interest of full disclosure, I despise non-partisan elections, mostly because I think candidates ought to have to wear their party affiliation like electoral Hester Prynnes. I’m also well aware that simply examining party affiliation is no substitute for actually gathering worthwhile information about those who hope to serve me in a political capacity. Furthermore, I possess limited respect for ignorant voters who rely exclusively on the letter next to the candidates’ names to determine which chad they’re going to hang on the ballot. Beyond knowing that “D” stands for “Don’t vote for this clown, Dummy,” party affiliation is hardly the total tale of the tape when it comes to determining whether an aspiring officeholder has earned your vote. And the Act’s Section 5 not only has outlived its usefulness, but it has deformed into a tool with which the Federal Government and the nanny-staters are actively intimidating Americans. No one in Kinston was suggesting a return to the poll taxes or literacy tests of the Jim Crow era. There are no restrictions on non-felonious citizens casting their ballots. In some Democrat-leaning locales, even the felons and the deceased can vote — twice.

It is worth noting that Bates was appointed to the Federal bench by Republican President George W. Bush, a jarring reminder that there is no shortage of Republicans for whom I would be more hard-pressed to pull the proverbial lever than most of the bottom-feeders masquerading as Democrats these days. But it’s my responsibility to know whether anyone deserves my vote. God save me if I ever become so disconnected from civic awareness that I require a “D” or an “R” to shepherd me through the voting process. And, if any confederacy of hate groups, bureaucrats and lawyers ever mistakes me for someone who does, God save them.

–Ben Crystal

Personal Liberty

Ben Crystal

is a 1993 graduate of Davidson College and has burned the better part of the last two decades getting over the damage done by modern-day higher education. He now lives in Savannah, Ga., where he has hosted an award-winning radio talk show and been featured as a political analyst for television. Currently a principal at Saltymoss Productions—a media company specializing in concept television and campaign production, speechwriting and media strategy—Ben has written numerous articles on the subjects of municipal authoritarianism, the economic fallacy of sin taxes and analyses of congressional abuses of power.

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