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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Monday, March 4, 2013

The Voting Rights Act

So, Antonin Scalia - in Rachel Maddow's memorable phrase - is the troll on the bench.  Saying that voting is some sort of racial entitlement is pretty much a dead giveaway of where the GOP stands on issues of racial equality.  But don't worry, Marco Rubio is a Cuban so it all evens out.

The thing is, I think one aspect of the VRA is wrong.  It shouldn't focus just on the South.

Not because the South isn't still racist and doesn't continue to suppress or dilute the minority vote.

They do.

It's because the GOP in OTHER states (Pennsylvania, Michigan and Ohio come to mind) have also embarked upon plans to disenfranchise minorities.

If anything the VRA should apply nationwide, but at the very least it should apply wherever the GOP holds control of the levers of the voting apparatus.

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