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Kurt Browning
A bridge to the 19th century
The Republican drive to repeal the 20th century continues. In this Florida-based version, we learn that the 1965 Voting Right Act, which prevents states from making laws that discriminate against voters and requires the federal government to issue approval for changes in voting laws in certain, shall we say, problem areas, is unconstitutional. Because the Republican secretary of state in Florida says so:
The complaint — which was filed today by Florida Secretary of State Kurt Browning — argues that federal preclearance requirements for state election laws are “unconstitutional.” [...]

Working to implement the Legislature’s elections overhaul, Browning’s office has asked a federal judge to approve four of the law’s most controversial measures: new restrictions on third-party voter registration drives, a shortened “shelf life” for signatures collected for ballot initiatives, new restrictions on voters changing their registered addresses on election day, and a reduction in the number of early voting days. In the 62 Florida counties not covered by Section 5, Browning’s office has already implemented the new elections rules.

You might note that each of these new restrictions is meant to reduce the number of people voting, and/or make it more expensive for people to vote. It's not quite poll tax territory (the new ID requirements being pushed by multiple states fills that role nicely), but it's still intended to be discriminatory by making it more difficult for people to support initiatives, to register, or to vote, come election day. Since poorer voters tend to be less able to overcome increased barriers to voting than better off people, this benefits Republicans. Same story as always.

I'm not sure why Browning is going all out for a "the Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional!" approach. Perhaps it is the only argument they have; perhaps Browning is feeling especially emboldened of late, and thinks it's high time to make the good Republican case that having states implement discriminatory voting laws is their damn right, you federal government communists. Maybe we'll get to hear about "upholding southern tradition" or the like. Who knows? It's a brand new era in Republicanism, an era in which every element of progress on civil rights or economic justice that took place in the last hundred years needs to be dismantled, so we can get back to the good old days of slave labor (see: Georgia's new indentured servitude laws, for Christ's sake) or speculator-driven economic collapses.

Just contemplate that for a bit. Republicans are now fighting over whether to keep the 1965 Voting Rights Act. "Conservative" seems a weak word for that; reactionary seems the better choice.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Wed Oct 12, 2011 at 07:30 PM PDT.

Also republished by Black Kos community, LatinoKos, and DKos Florida.

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  •  What next, expelling Abraham Lincoln posthumously (22+ / 0-)

    … from the Republican Party? Why stop at 1965, why not go all the way back to 1865? These folks really do seem to be all about Confederate States 2.0.

    48forEastAfrica - Donate to Oxfam The Dutch kids' chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the world's children freedom from hunger, ignorance, and war.

    by lotlizard on Wed Oct 12, 2011 at 07:37:34 PM PDT

    •  14th Amend applied to W in FL in '00, but it (11+ / 0-)

      shouldn't apply to minority voters here 12 years later.  While the GOP has mastered the fine art of hypocrisy in past few decades, they're pushing the edge of the envelope on this one.  The SCOTUS superseded the FL Supremes on what should've been a question of state election law in B v. G, yet federal law is not supposed to protect citizens' right to vote.

      The Queen of Hearts had nothing on our political foes.

      Some men see things as they are and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not?

      by RFK Lives on Wed Oct 12, 2011 at 07:57:29 PM PDT

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      •  The 14th Amendment Equal Proction Clause (1+ / 0-)
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        Oh Mary Oh

        will probably even be used by Browning.

        The VRA is unusual in that only certain geographies in the US are subject to Section 5 (Federal review).  I would expect him to argue

        that the Equal Protection Clause is violated as the people living in these geographies don't have the same political power and prerogatives as those not living in these geographies.  While there were abuses in the past, those abuses were done by those who have been dead for a long time.

        A good constitutional attorney can make a good logical argument for any outcome that a paying client could want.

        I suspect the SCOTUS will not take this case however.

        The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

        by nextstep on Wed Oct 12, 2011 at 10:30:43 PM PDT

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    •  No, they're practitioners of human husbandry, (1+ / 0-)
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      Oh Mary Oh

      the exploitation of their own kind to their detriment. Keeping people in cages and milking them for all they're worth is their idea of making a living.

      Human husbandry comes in a variety of flavors.

      elder care
      continuing education
      industrial employment
      medical experimentation
      electronic "entertainment"

      People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

      by hannah on Thu Oct 13, 2011 at 05:28:37 AM PDT

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  •  Ties in nicely with other regressives... (7+ / 0-)

    spouting about returning to the days where only property-owning white men could vote... of course property requirements were mostly outlawed by 1834 with the advent of Jacksonian democracy, back when slavery was legal, and the future Civil War was 27 years away.

    "Congress has not been able to fix these flaws so far, so I will." - President Obama, 9/23/11

    by BarackStarObama on Wed Oct 12, 2011 at 07:39:07 PM PDT

  •  Rand Paul also... (5+ / 0-)

    famously questioned the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

    What is comical is that the GOP barely gets into office, thinks there is a big mandate for a failed "cut govt / cut taxes" agenda, and then starts voting things that prove their extremism. Bush did the same as the House & state GOP's are now.

    You'd think they'd want to not pour gasoline on OWS right now... - global issues

    by Balkingpoints on Wed Oct 12, 2011 at 07:39:11 PM PDT

  •  wow. just wow... (4+ / 0-)

    their agenda is endless.  everyday, another u-turn to progress.  shocking.  disturbing.  truly bizarre.

    •  hateful (5+ / 0-)

      If you can comprehend the hate, it all makes sense.

      If you would rather destroy America than see someone else happy, then it makes sense.

      Honestly, in my heart, I think it comes from child abuse and authoritarian households. They hate themselves. So they have to hate us even more.

      Sad, eh? But very fucking dangerous.

    •  Please Review 40 Years of Whiney Purity Hippie (3+ / 0-)
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      lunachickie, TDreamer, orlbucfan

      complaints which you will now observe were all factually correct and accurately predicted where we have been headed since the effing Beatles.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Wed Oct 12, 2011 at 07:58:57 PM PDT

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    •  I think we should send them all hanging chads (0+ / 0-)

      to remind them what an embarrasement Florida is in the eyes of the world but then again ..IMO Ga is still least Fla will fight.  They are teapartiers but Florida still went blue.....then people like this crop up and OMG.....You think he will beak out in song singing
      for the Jim Crow days,,,,what a doofus he is.   And I am being kind here.

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      by Vetwife on Mon Oct 17, 2011 at 08:04:52 AM PDT

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  •  We need to be ready to do whatever it takes (3+ / 0-)

    to defend the remnants of 20th century social progress against these well-connected reactionaries with know-nothing hearts.

    The labor of a human being is not a commodity or article of commerce. Clayton Act, Section 6.

    by Ignacio Magaloni on Wed Oct 12, 2011 at 07:41:55 PM PDT

  •  so much for the minimal government meme (5+ / 0-)
    Just contemplate that for a bit. Republicans are now fighting over whether to keep the 1965 Voting Rights Act. "Conservative" seems a weak word for that; reactionary seems the better choice.

    I am off my metas! Präsidentenelf-maßschach; Warning-Some Snark Above"Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03)

    by annieli on Wed Oct 12, 2011 at 07:42:27 PM PDT

  •  When do we get the Poll Tax back? (1+ / 0-)
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    Oh, wait.  Taxes are bad.  Poll Taxes are good because they keep poor people from voting.  Taxes are bad.  Destruct, destruct, contradictions cause Daleks to destroy themselves.  Destruct, destruct.

    "Don't dream it, be it" - Brad, Janet and Frank

    by captainlaser on Wed Oct 12, 2011 at 07:43:41 PM PDT

  •  Not trying to hijack the thread but no open thread (2+ / 0-)
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    OrdinaryIowan, dopper0189


    A question rattling around in my brain tonight....

    Are Foreign Corporations, like Siemens and Lenovo, US citizens?

    "Don't dream it, be it" - Brad, Janet and Frank

    by captainlaser on Wed Oct 12, 2011 at 07:46:36 PM PDT

    •  They're even better than that.. (1+ / 0-)
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      if they contribute money to corrupt corporatist (but I repeat myself) Death Eater politicians, they are protectorates - all the benefits, without the obligations.

      Your black cards can make you money, so you hide them when you're able; in the land of milk and honey, you must put them on the table - Steely Dan

      by OrdinaryIowan on Wed Oct 12, 2011 at 08:35:51 PM PDT

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  •  Can you be considered human (1+ / 0-)
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    if you don't have a soul. Just wondering.

    "Mr. President, I'm not saying we wouldn't get our hair mussed." General Buck Turgidson

    by muledriver on Wed Oct 12, 2011 at 07:48:52 PM PDT

  •  "Reactionary" seems like a weak word for it too. (4+ / 0-)

    I have a short list of alternatives. As do we all, I expect.

    "So, am I right or what?"

    by itzik shpitzik on Wed Oct 12, 2011 at 07:51:18 PM PDT

  •  Tonite they're gonna party like it's (6+ / 0-)


    Stop pussyfooting around and simplify the hostage note already.

    "Dear America,
    We want the repeal of every law that gave or confirmed any rights to non-white, non-male, non-hetero, non-Christians.

    Until then, we intend to hold the country hostage.


    We view "The Handmaid's Tale" as cautionary. The GOP views it as an instruction book.

    by Vita Brevis on Wed Oct 12, 2011 at 07:51:28 PM PDT

  •  Authoritarian is the word (5+ / 0-)

    They are declaring war on democracy itself.

    We're reaching Augusto Pinochet terrority here.

  •  Didn't U Notice That the VRA Protects teh Negroes? (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm not sure why Browning is going all out for a "the Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional!" approach.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Oct 12, 2011 at 07:57:24 PM PDT

    •  They are gunning for more than that... (0+ / 0-)

      if their current efforts at voter suppression work in a big way in 2012, it wouldn't surprise me if the GOPers decide to go for broke and really start pushing a "skin in the game" requirement, ie. only the wealthy get to vote.

      Sadly, with a bunch of servile Koch-heads on the Supreme Court, it would not surprise me if the voting rights act was overturned, particularly if a GOPer becomes president in 2013 and gets to put more of the same on the Court.

      I've kind of wondered about a scenario where the Supreme Court was basically in league with authoritarian forces. In the end, the Constitution says what the Supreme court decides it does. If this country does end up as a dictatorship at some point, I'll bet the Court will have been the weak link that allowed it to happen.

      •  Why you have to vote Democratic for POTUS (0+ / 0-)

        The POTUS decides who gets on the SCOTUS. Vote Democratic if only for that. Sonia Sotomayor & Elena Kagan are light years ahead of any SCOTUS nominee a POTUS McCain or Romney would give us.

        A village can not reorganize village life to suit the village idiot.

        by METAL TREK on Thu Oct 13, 2011 at 05:21:57 AM PDT

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      •  We have had it for > 200 years if u aren't (0+ / 0-)

        melanin-deprived with a y-chromosome.

        I am reminded every day by someone that I am nothing and nobody.

        The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

        by a2nite on Thu Oct 13, 2011 at 05:30:53 AM PDT

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  •  I agree with Florida (but not that way..) (1+ / 0-)
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    Florida has found a way to discriminate outside of the bounds of the federal law.

    The law was written when people openly discriminated. They have learned how to create all sorts of ways to discriminate that can't be clearly proven to be discrimination...though they are.

    Yes, African-Americans are still screwed. But the law that briefly helped has no impact on their life today. Defending  it doesn't help anyone. It doesn't stop the racism and it doesn't help the African-Americans.

    Seriously, we are finally admitting that 99% of us have no voice....these stupid arguments about a subset of our society having .001% vs. .002% say in politics is pointless.

    It is not like  the rich white guys in the Senate gave a shit in 2004 when blacks were screaming in Ohio. This had nothing to do with southern states' treatment of blacks. But the whole power structure of our nation.

    •  The VRA (4+ / 0-)

      addresses effects, not merely intentions.  The history of voting discrimination was largely one of pretending to be achieving legitimate ends while really achieving illegitimate ones. This is nothing new - it was the way it was done in the immediate aftermath of the enactment of the 15th Amendment.

      I think you vastly underestimate the impact of the VRA even today.

      Politics is the art of the possible, but that means you have to think about changing what is possible, not that you have to accept it in perpetuity.

      by David Kaib on Wed Oct 12, 2011 at 08:19:18 PM PDT

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  •  Just when I thought I couldn't get any angrier. (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Caution: American Exceptionalism at work. (0+ / 0-)

    Just enough time for John McCain to wake up, go on MTP and proclaim that we're all Floridians now.

  •  Let's try something different. (5+ / 0-)

    Rather than the boring old litigation route, where DoJ lawyers painstakingly explain Federal law to these pencil necks, how about the Bobby Kennedy approach. A nice, polite phone call, asking jerkwater Browning to rescind the idiotic complaint.
    When he refuses, send down three dozen US Federal Marshals, a US Assistant Attorney General, Federal warrants, impound every record, computer, hard drive and disk in this fool's department.
    Tell him the federal government thinks it's an apparent violation of the Civil Rights Act requiring an emergency response.
    Let the damn stretchneck governor figure how he's going to run his backass administration while he's begging to get his records back.
    Oh and Kurt? Maybe rethink your state picture; one where you wipe that smirk off your face.

    •  And while we're at it.. (2+ / 0-)
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      luckylizard, TDreamer

      embargo every damn nickel of federal money going to that God-forsaken swamp unless it can be proven that it's going directly to people who need it to survive. No more crony capitalism handouts for the buddies of these asswipe rednecks..

      Your black cards can make you money, so you hide them when you're able; in the land of milk and honey, you must put them on the table - Steely Dan

      by OrdinaryIowan on Wed Oct 12, 2011 at 08:42:40 PM PDT

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    •  Sorry, but it's not an idiotic lawsuit (0+ / 0-)

      Unfortunately, it's got a fair chance of succeeding in the Supreme Court:

      •  The Chief Justice must have blinders on (0+ / 0-)

        The surge in targeted voter intimidation is real. Merely saying the South has changed cannot sweep under the rug the substantial increase in legislative efforts to prevent 'voter fraud', a tactic with a uniquely regional context which has been shown to single out specific groups of voters for a crime which is practically statistically irrelevant.
        Voter suppression may be more sophisticated today than the Jim Crow laws of the sixties, but the Court will have difficultly declaring it is not a direct continuation of those tactics, or that suppression is not coordinated and widespread.

  •  Okay... (3+ / 0-)
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    luckylizard, TDreamer, laurnj

    ...I always thought it was just the 60's that the right wing hated, turns out its the whole friggin' century they're after.

    Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

    by a gilas girl on Wed Oct 12, 2011 at 08:08:09 PM PDT

  •  State before Country! (0+ / 0-)

    I really don't get how they continue to pull this off.

    That god you been prayin’ to is gonna give ya back what you’re wishin’ on someone else.

    by Coss on Wed Oct 12, 2011 at 08:17:35 PM PDT

  •  What is most frustrating to me is that majority of (2+ / 0-)
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    luckylizard, TDreamer

    the public doesn't even pay the remotest attention to this stuff.  

    That is becoming more angering to me than anything.  Especially when we have thousands across the country sleeping in the cold on concrete to stop this type of crap.

  •  If all those uppity Blacks & Hispanics did the (0+ / 0-)

    "right" thing and voted for Teapublicans then he would be just fine with the VRA, but the nerve of them to vote in such huge numbers for Dems! Clearly he was forced by Blacks/Hispanics to go for the VRA unconstitutional - if only these groups had been more cooperative he would not have been forced to take this step.  Quote to be heard soon: "Don't blame me! It's not my fault that Blacks forced my hand on this issue!"

    Perhaps he will even take a page from the teabaggers in Ohio (stealing the grandmother that was on ads against Question 2 and doctoring it up to say she's for Q2) and use video of MLK to promote his voting restrictions!

    Then they came for me - and by that time there was nobody left to speak up.

    by DefendOurConstitution on Wed Oct 12, 2011 at 08:24:50 PM PDT

  •  What the Republic Party's Big Wish is (1+ / 0-)
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    to turn back the stock market regulations to the 1880s [there were none], repeal the income tax amendment, repeal the New Deal, the War on Poverty, the FDIC, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and unemployment insurance, and anything else that benefits we who belong to the 99%ers.

  •  It's called states' rights (2+ / 0-)
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    Kimball Cross, roadbear

    Though it should perhaps be better styled "states' powers", since the 10th, upon which these people base their views that states can nullify federal law, speaks of powers, not rights, reserved to the states and the people, and denied to the federal government.

    Now, I understand that the author may perfectly well be aware of the ideology on display here, and merely talks as if he is unaware as part of some rhetoric of mockery of these folks as having this weird and incomprehensible ideology.  If so, I don't find it particularly effective rhetoric, because I think we are well past the point at which just making fun of these people for their destructive beliefs makes any sense.  They really mean to return us to a pre-1860 regime of effectively divided sovereignty.  They've taken great pains to pack the courts with original intentionalists, and if those judges actually mean to rule by original intention, we are going back to before 1860.  We're not going to stop them until and unless we take this threat seriously enough to realize that some action beyond a belly-laugh is necessary.

    It's not clear from this piece that the FL AG is even asserting a strong states' rights reading of the 10th, one that says that state claims to powers they claim are withheld from the federal govt under the 10th aren't reviewable by any federal court, since those courts are part of the federal govt whose prerogatives are being challenged.  He may simply be asserting that the VRA is unconstitutional, and he expects the federal courts to be persuaded by his pleadings to that effect, but there is no question of FL asserting that the federal courts have no jurisdiction to decide that claim that the VRA is unconsitutional.  But that's no stronger than the position that any party that pleads in federal courts that any law is unconstitutional takes.  So I'm not clear on the point of pretending that the FL AG is asserting that his opinion of constitutionality trumps that of SCOTUS, simply because he's filed a plea that the VRA is unconstitutional.

    What is more clearly states' rights about this matter is not its form, so to speak, but the content.  I suppose that the argument that the VRA is unconstitutional would be based on the idea that the Art I, sec 4 language giving Congress the power to alter state voting regulations really is quite limited in scope to the things mentioned -- time, place and manner of conduct --and doesn't extend to, in effect, interfering with the state power to decide who can vote in that state.   To be sure, the courts since the Civil Rights era have read the 15th and Equal Protection from the 14th as giving the federal govt the power to do just that, decide who gets to vote.  But the originalists have never accepted that reading.  The recent ruling on the AL immigration law shows that you can't trust the courts anymore to see racial animus where the rest of us can see it plainly, and therefore bring in the Equal Protection to stop anti-Hispanic prejudice.  Why would anyone have any confidence that they will see racial animus in FL's voting law, or that they will not agree with FL that the states should be able to create any effective and practical limitations on the right to vote that stop anywhere shy of explicit racial bars to voting?

    However illogical and unworkable a system of divided sovereignty, there is really no doubt at all that such was the Founder's intention.  And that system, while perhaps dinged up and dented a bit by the 14th and 15th, was simply not given the thoroughgoing surgery it should have received after the Civil War to give us an actual Union; pure, simple and uncluttered by state's rights.   We have that Union only insofar as the courts agree to read the 14th and 15th more broadly than they were originally intended, and we've pretty much let that precondition slide by turning the federl bench over to the Federalist Society.  This is no laughing matter.

    We should have destroyed the presidency before Obama took office. Too late now.

    by gtomkins on Wed Oct 12, 2011 at 08:45:47 PM PDT

  •  Reactionary (1+ / 0-)
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    is not the word I'd use, either. I wonder if you considered the word "proprietary", as these old, rich, white guys think the vote is their property and no one else's.

    And then the next words one might be looking for--meant to be cast in the general direction of the Florida AG--are "Fuck you, you fucking fuck..."

    REPEAL the Telecomm Act & REVIEW this decision. NO journalist should be fired because their boss can't have the truth told.

    by lunachickie on Wed Oct 12, 2011 at 08:45:57 PM PDT

  •  I'm thinking Bunning (0+ / 0-)

    needs to pee in a cup

    Reality is the leading cause of stress among those in touch with it. Lily Tomlin

    by DavidW on Wed Oct 12, 2011 at 08:48:08 PM PDT

  •  Just moved back to Florida (4+ / 0-)

    Hey, it's cold and expensive in DC.

    Anyway, I was helping my high school daughter with her American History homework.  We were studying the American Revolution tonight when I noticed her textbook implied that slavery was abolished in 1777.

    Then I looked at the cover of the book.  In the upper corner in large print it said.

    Florida Edition

    Unfucking believable.  I had to tell her that this was a lie.

    "Stop them damned pictures. I don't care so much what the papers say about me. My constituents don't know how to read, but they can't help seeing them damned pictures!" Boss Tweed

    by Zwoof on Wed Oct 12, 2011 at 08:57:47 PM PDT

  •  It's lynching they really want to bring back (0+ / 0-)

    William O. Douglas- “I am for the individual over government, government over big business and the environment over all.”

    by WaltK on Wed Oct 12, 2011 at 09:24:47 PM PDT

  •  Every battle we thought we'd won (0+ / 0-)

    is back on the agenda.  I'd like to say I can't believe it, but...  

    When I think back to what the country went through over civil rights, voting rights, women's rights, only to have them all come up again in my lifetime, it makes me, well, really sad.  I've never been under any illusions that racism and sexism had been eradicated, but I would never have believed that they could come back so openly and with such virulence.  

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Wed Oct 12, 2011 at 09:30:01 PM PDT

  •  What is next ? after abolishing child labor laws (1+ / 0-)
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    and the minimum wage?  Debtor prisons come back!
    Then we get slavery once again !  Yay!

    Lawdy, lawdy the South shall rise again!

    Any of you whiter than white and Christian , check out the GOP.  they will be issuing slaveholder permits pretty soon.

    It is a complete takeover of any semblance of a sane political party.  They are now utter reactionaries wanting to shred any vestige of the last 100, nay 146 years. Roll the clock back to before the Civil War.

    They want a war, let them get one as complete and total as possible.   Resolve and finish all those issues the Union compromised away to make the defeated feel welcome once again.  Obviously that generosity was resented and not appreciated.  No generosity this time .

    If you think that you and a bunch of other people can just show up on Wall St, camp out and have any effect whatsoever, you're dreaming. *YUP!* h/t Hamden Rice

    by BeeDeeS on Wed Oct 12, 2011 at 09:33:57 PM PDT

  •  Maybe they think... (1+ / 0-)
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    ... they've got a Supreme Court that'll strike it down?  Might be that they do, too!

    Grab all the joy you can. (exmearden 8/10/09)

    by Land of Enchantment on Wed Oct 12, 2011 at 09:39:09 PM PDT

  •  You can almost hear (1+ / 0-)
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    coming out of the AG's mouth, "voter suppression today, voter suppression tommorah, voter suppresion forevah".
    In a heavy drawl of course.

    Modern GOP: Birthers and Deathers Teabaggin' in a widestance on astroturf

    by Wrench44 on Wed Oct 12, 2011 at 09:47:42 PM PDT

  •  Anyone know if SCOTUS has heard any cases (0+ / 0-)

    with a similar challenge to the Voting Rights Act.  If so please provide links.

    The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

    by nextstep on Wed Oct 12, 2011 at 10:17:10 PM PDT

  •  Thanks for this Hunter I'm busy spreading (0+ / 0-)

    this story.

    -1.63/ -1.49 "Speaking truth to power" (with snark of course)!

    by dopper0189 on Wed Oct 12, 2011 at 10:18:06 PM PDT

  •  No Mystery (2+ / 0-)
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    roadbear, TDreamer

    This is because progressives have not been on the offensive. We should have been in the streets long ago demanding increased rights.

    And, if they want to bring this up, I think the logical reply is, "Okay, then let's write it into the Constitution (if you still don't get it). Let's just have an amendment that says 'No person shall be discriminated against in voting on the basis of (fill in the list). Congress shall have the power to enforce this requirement through legislation.'"

    I really fault the Obama Administration on this because it was clear after the last election that the Republicans were using voter suppression and something had to be done about it. And Obama had the most Democratic Congress in years to work with and control of the Justice Department. They should have started right then to go after all this kind of voter suppression, and I literally said so at the time.

    So, now, here we are three years later and they haven't done a damn thing about it. I'm neither surprised nor shocked that we've got idiots like this guy trying to roll back voter rights.

    But I am appalled.

  •  Florida is still in the grips of election-riggers (1+ / 0-)
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    Kurt Browning links hands with Katherine Harris and Jeb Bush as the latest link in voter-suppression/election-rigging in Florida.  The state has a very long history of rigged elections beginning in 1876.  In his bestseller, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, Greg Palast described in forensic detail the vote-rigging culture of Jeb Bush's Florida where Katherine Harris presided over massive voter purges prior to the crucial election of 2000.  Where is the federal government now that Floridians need them?  Where has it been for the past 12 years?

  •  When you can quibble about civil (0+ / 0-)

    rights, then human rights sort of take a back seat and people who are basically antagonistic towards their own kind can deprive their fellow man to their heart's content.

    What we're dealing with here are the descendants of Cain, whose jealous isn't manifest in murder (rather risky behavior when you're outnumbered), but the kinder/gentler behavior of the parasite exploiting people until they wear out.
    See, predators destroy their prey on the spot, parasites devour them gradually, saving the coup de grace for last.

    Predatory and parasitic humans are probably a throw-back.  The evolved mode of sustenance is obviously sharing and caring for mutual support. But, like so much else, predation survives in the DNA and, in a small percentage of the population, dominates. Perhaps there's some sort of defect in the transcription.
    Anyway, predatory humans, whether they operate outside the law or under cover of law, are a pestilence to be removed from public life whenever they manage to get a foothold by deceptive means.

    People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

    by hannah on Thu Oct 13, 2011 at 05:24:21 AM PDT

  •  asdf (0+ / 0-)

    He's an R; he's evil.

    Evil in America brought to us by the people who didn't vote but need to.

    The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

    by a2nite on Thu Oct 13, 2011 at 05:28:11 AM PDT

  •  And all this is legal? No court challenges? (0+ / 0-)
  •  There's a move on to replace the word "slavery" (0+ / 0-)

    with "adventures in agriculture".

  •  In the Rick Scott Admin in Florida, (0+ / 0-)

    Why should this surprise me?

    God be with you, Occupiers. God IS with you.

    by Hohenzollern on Thu Oct 13, 2011 at 07:36:55 AM PDT

  •  God, I'm embarrassed to live here. One (0+ / 0-)

    very important fact that must be emphasized is that we have a ton of Bible Belters, and Jesus Jokes living in this state. The intelligent Christians, Muslems, Jews, Buddhists, Wiccans, etc. on this site and others know exactly what I'm talking about. Couple that with all the crooks here and you have a very clear picture of what goes on in Tallahassee.

    Since when have greed, stupidity, and downright lying become virtues? Since Reagan, that's when!

    by orlbucfan on Thu Oct 13, 2011 at 07:44:56 AM PDT

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