TEA Party- change a proud and historic law.
One of the most important and fair-minded actions by Congress in my lifetime was the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Republican appointed, Supreme Court Justices, are in agreement that the purpose of the law has been fulfilled and it should be removed from Civil Rights legislation.
One of the biggest problems I see in our country today is a move to take us backwards in time. That is the goal of the TEA Party and many other extreme right wingers. The south may be vocally politically correct, but at least 4 states and Texas are more racially biased than ever before.
A constitutional challenge to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act brought by Shelby County, Alabama. Shelby vs. Holder claims that our country has made such great advances in the area of Voting Rights — specifically through the election of President Barack Obama — that it is no longer necessary to facilitate the implementation of new voting standards to ensure the process remain fair. In other words, the county’s position is that the goals of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 have been fully realized.
Last year several states attempted to restrict the rights of minorities to vote. Initiated by right wing PAC’s, changes in laws requiring voter ID were initiated into state voter regulations. So far they have been rejected. But the Republican Party will continue to make attempts to ensure that minorities have increased difficulty in casting their votes.
Claims regarding voter fraud are not only erroneous, but simply ludicrous. Less than 1/10 of one percent of votes have been proven to be falsified. The truth is that Republicans fear an increased voter awareness of minorities. The GOP is so far removed from mainstream America that they are now aware that they cannot win if votes are fairly cast relating to race, or gender.
There is no doubt in my mind that the Supreme Court, who is presently controlled by conservatives, will change a proud and historic law. Will the American public react? I believe they will. A backlash to exclusion of those who were minorities in our country will rebel. The right side of the aisle who have demonstrated increased bigotry, racism and prejudice will become the party of the past. They will cease to exist as a party of power and influence. America is moving forward, the GOP is retreating into the past.
A civil war exists within the Republican Party. Its self-destruction is imminent. The very power behind it, big business, is elementary in its demise.
Polls show that the vast majority of Americans blame the Republican Party for the majority of our nation’s problems. The only question is, will voters show enough courage in the mid-term electins of 2014 to expel a sufficient number of Republicans from the House of Representatives to allow progress to be made.
Personally, I believe we have become a country that supports special interests instead of the majority. It appears that the goal of government is to increase the separation of our country, and ensure we are a country of, haves and have nots.
The term Republican Leadership has become an oxymoron. A more descriptive term might be archaeologist. A return to past policies appears to be their only goal. Success for the right wing would be a return to male dominance, Jim Crow laws, and school busing. The advances made by sacrifices of many in the civil rights movements are in jeopardy. The very essence or our country is the issue. Have we advanced into a society that exemplifies the core of the Constitution or are we regressing. If you look inside yourself, you know the truth. Face it. Violence, hatred, bigotry, racism, and prejudice must become issues of the past if we are to survive as a nation of great people. We cannot let a corrupt and self-serving government destroy the core of what made our country great.
Columnist-The Guardian Express