Archive for May 13, 2012
This is how bad it’s gotten. This is how far Republicans will go to suppress the voices of minorities in America.
In the dead of night — at 10 pm last Wednesday — in the middle of a week in which the media was distracted by talk about same-sex marriage — Paul Broun (R-Athens, GA) attempted to neuter a vital part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act via an amendment that would deny the Justice Department any funding to review and supervise election-law changes in 16 states with a history of discriminatory voting laws and voting rights abuses.
Broun wasn’t proposing changes to the law, or alterations to the rules and regulations that govern voting rights. He simply proposed that the Justice Department be stripped of funds that would allow violations of voting rights to be examined and prosecuted. It’s akin to maintaining the illegality of murder, while eliminating the police department necessary to arrest murderers.
That’s how desperate Republicans are today. (more…)