Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Republican Jackass of the Week

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Fat Tony.

It's a shame these justices are appointed for life. With today's medical knowledge and available technology, we should be able to oust, expel, or otherwise discharge and forcefully retire a Supreme Court justice at the first sign of senility.

The Supreme Court today heard oral arguments to actually strike down key parts of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Although all American adults were already guaranteed the right to vote, the 1965 Voting Rights Act was necessary to force certain areas of the country to abide by that law, disallowing the blatant racial intimidation and discrimination that was rampant in some parts of the south.

When asked why, in 2006, the law was renewed for another 25 years by unanimous vote in the Senate, Scalia actually said it was “very likely attributable, to a phenomenon that is called perpetuation of racial entitlement. It's been written about. Whenever a society adopts racial entitlements, it is very difficult to get out of them through the normal political processes.”

Racial entitlements, you Jackass? An entitlement is the "belief that one is deserving of or entitled to certain privileges," according to Merriam-Webster.

No, my fat, arrogant, erudite elitist. Voting is not a an entitlement. It's a right, like it or not.

African-Americans may not have to return over and over to register to vote because "it's too early in the day / it's too late in the day / it's the wrong day of the week / the registrant isn't here today." They may not be asked to answer ridiculously impossible-to-answer questions anymore like "how many angels can dance on the head of a pin?" or "how many bubbles are in a bar of soap?"

But in case Fat Tony was in a coma for the last election cycle, let me inform him that many other, slightly more subtle forms of voter suppression were employed. Cutting early voting days, cutting voting hours, ending voting on the weekend before election day, cutting the number of voting machines in minority districts, suddenly demanding I.D.'s that were never required in American history and making sure voters in minority districts had long lines and waiting times up to 6 hours to tolerate, all were designed to suppress minority voters.

Even now, Regressive republican legislators in blue states like Pennsylvania are trying to rig the Electoral College rules so that votes in blue states are split between candidates.

Yeah, the 1965 Voting Rights Act is outdated, and all the discriminatory problems of the past are behind us.

My ass.

Hey, here's an obvious question for some real reporter to ask: if everything's fine now and there's no such thing as discrimination or voter suppression based on race, then why the rush to eliminate this Act? If Regressives in these far rightwing southern states are going to obey the law anyway, why the sudden need to eliminate it? Hmm?

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