If you haven’t heard by now, the Supreme Court in a 5 to 4 vote essentially gutted the Voting Rights Act’s ability to ‘preclear’ voting changes in certain areas that have a history of racial discrimination. In practice what this means is that the Republican Party, where it controls state governments, will be free to pass legislation to make it harder for minorities, younger voters, the poor and the elderly to vote.
Over the next few days, you’ll hear a lot of conservative twaddle that sounds very principled and legalistic. But don’t forget that it’s all just glitter to cover up this odious steaming pile of shit:
When asked at a meeting of Texas Republicans “what can Republicans do to get black people to vote,” a Texas Tea Party leader, Ken Emanuelson, gave the following answer:
“I’m going to be real honest with you, the Republican Party doesn’t want black people to vote if they’re going to vote 9-to-1 for Democrats.”
Either conservatives don’t think black people should vote because they’re black, or they are brutal cynics who simply want to suppress black voters because they don’t like their votes. The former is flat-out bigotry, the latter is structural racism.
Both are despicable. The conservatives on the Supreme Court, just as they did during Gore v. Bush, have once again chosen faction over country and party over principle. It is clear that they have little respect for the opinions and rights of millions of voters (and one justice is so arrogant, he doesn’t even respect his colleagues in public). So the next time you hear a conservative waxing philosophical, remember that underneath the flowery language is a brutal cynicism mixed with disdain and prejudice.
Same as it ever was.