The Voting Rights Act has been gutted.
I'll leave the legal analysis to others who are far more expert than I on that matter.
My point is this: for all those people on this site and elsewhere who may have, temporarily let's say, forgotten or even denied that there is any substantive difference between the Democratic and Republican parties -- and thus there's no reason to vote for the former over the latter -- this decision should remind of you of exactly what those differences are.
The decision was 5-4. The justices who voted to declare the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional were all appointed by Republican presidents, including two by George W. Bush, who took in office in 2001.
Do you think Al Gore would have appointed Justices Roberts and Alito?
Do you still think there's no difference between Republicans and Democrats?
Look, this has not been a good couple of weeks for our government, and it's been a tough couple of weeks on this site, which exists to promote more and better Democrats.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again, criticize President Obama all you like, and criticize the Democratic Party or various figures for whatever you think needs criticizing. Speaking out is important, and can help move our party and the President in the right direction.
But don't forget that there are real, substantive differences between the two parties. They are not the same. The Democratic Party is better than the Republican Party for our country, for our economy, for justice, for equality, and yes, for liberty. Barack Obama is better than Mitt Romney or John McCain would have been on all those counts as well.
We should all feel free to say what we like. But to deny those facts is to deny reality. Furthermore, denying those facts makes it more difficult to motivate this community to do what needs to be done to achieve the broad, progressive goals we share.
The two parties are not the same.
PS-Please check out my new book Obama's America: A Transformative Vision of Our National Identity, published by Potomac Books, where I discuss Barack Obama's ideas on racial, ethnic, and national identity in detail, and contrast his inclusive vision to language coming from Mitt Romney, Rush Limbaugh and (some) others on the right. You can read a review by DailyKos's own Greg Dworkin here.