News outlets are reporting this morning that the Justice Department will announce a lawsuit against the State of North Carolina over the Republican-led push for restrictive voter laws.
Allah be praised.
"...the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be."
Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail
...Obama's DOJ approved the redistricting maps the GOP-legislature pooped out of it's behind.
I mean, you're suing over the voter ID law, but the whackadoodle redistricting maps were fine and dandy?
Did no one at DOJ read the Voting Rights Act until AFTER Chief Justice Roberts gutted it?
I want to scream!!!!
They issued approval of the maps because they didn't want to go to the trouble to fight the maps themselves, knowing the maps would be challenged by somebody else. And the fact that their approval made it that much harder for someone else to challenge them didn't cross their minds.
Worse than useless.
As long as we're talking redistricting, let's not forget the architect. Here's the the opening paragraph of State for Sale:
In the spring of 2010, the conservative political strategist Ed Gillespie flew from Washington, D.C., to Raleigh, North Carolina, to spend a day laying the groundwork for REDMAP, a new project aimed at engineering a Republican takeover of state legislatures. Gillespie hoped to help his party get control of statehouses where congressional redistricting was pending, thereby leveraging victories in cheap local races into a means of shifting the balance of power in Washington. It was an ingenious plan, and Gillespie is a skilled tactician—he once ran the Republican National Committee—but REDMAP seemed like a long shot in North Carolina. Barack Obama carried the state in 2008 and remained popular. The Republicans hadn’t controlled both houses of the North Carolina General Assembly for more than a century. (“Not since General Sherman,” a state politico joked to me.) That day in Raleigh, though, Gillespie had lunch with an ideal ally: James Arthur (Art) Pope, the chairman and C.E.O. of Variety Wholesalers, a discount-store conglomerate. The Raleigh News and Observer had called Pope, a conservative multimillionaire, the Knight of the Right. The REDMAP project offered Pope a new way to spend his money.
I'm still looking forward to Artie's perp walk.
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Modern Politics: Is It Extreme?
By: Jack Dawsey
Whatever happen to the oath of office that politicians swear (on the Bible) to uphold?
It seems to me that there is a phrase or statement in the oath that goes something like this: “to uphold the Constitution of the United States and the “LAWS” of the land...”
Therefore, if the Affordable Health Care Act (Obama-Care) is the law of the land (didn’t a Republican Supreme Court say so?) why are Republicans in Washington, DC (from NC and elsewhere) trying to thwart it? After all, it’s Republicans that rant and rave about “following” the US Constitution.
But just like their Republican predecessors (the ancient Pharisees in the New Testament) they cherry pick which law they want to uphold, and the law they choose to disobey. But if you are a Democrat (and disobey a law) they will nail your hide to the barn door.
Republicans in their platitudes of deceit demand Supreme Court Justices that are not judicial activists. (Now that’s an oxymoron, a judge that is not judicial active). Republicans say they want to reduce government, but refuse to reduce it with respect to the public-private government programs in which they are fully vested. They throw a conniption fit about the federal budget deficit, while demanding a reduction in taxes for the rich that they know increases the deficit. They won’t raise taxes to help balance the budget; instead they prefer to “borrow” money to increase mandated budget programs like Medicaid Part D that they originate. And by eliminating or reducing social support programs for the poor (which is tantamount to raising taxes on them), Republicans will redistribute the wealth of the nation to the next highest indentured level, i.e., the nation’s rich corporations that don’t need an additional tax reduction.
By the way, I’m waiting for this new-breed of Republicans (especially the Tea-Party types) and the so-called Blue-Dog Conservative Democrats that oppose government spending, to privately fund their own water and sewer systems in their community. I’m waiting for them to privately repair their own highway systems, i.e., I-40, H-24 and I-95 for example that government money generally pay to keep. Moreover, I long for the day when these hyper-conservatives will refuse the government funded services of their fire, police, and EMS departments. And while they are at it, I want them to VOLUNTARILY opt out of Social Security and Medicare and send their SS check by to the Treasury Department. Don’t they know that’s a socialistic commie program?
And I’m still waiting for the Republicans to asks their aging mother (if she’s on Medicaid and in a nursing home, God forbid) to refuse that Socialistic Program too. Have you ever seen one of these conservatives take grandma out of a Medicaid supported nursing home, and put her “out on the street” under a bridge in a ‘made in China” Wal-Mart sleeping bag? And since Republicans seem to claim a monopoly on the core virtues of a free market enterprise system, I want them to be the “stand-up” person they profess, and refuse all products made from a closed society like China for whom their patron saint, Richard Nixon, open America’s doors. And oh yes, while they advance their phony arguments against “commie” socialism and a Kenyan-born illegal President, and other illegal aliens, I want the Republicans to deny their children access to those socialistic schools of public education. And for god’s sake, these right-wingers and 22-karat ding-a-ling Republicans need to stop buying meat from their local supermarket. Don’t they know their meat was inspected by an undocumented, satanic, racist, socialist, USDA certified food inspector, paid by the government?
In closing, as for the wild-eyed Democrats (18-karat ding-a-lings) I have some advice for them. Instead of destroying the fabric of this great nation, I want them to write the state institution from which they received their political science degree. They could demand a rebate on their education. A rebate to them is in order. They can charge the university citing: “I got gypped on my education.”
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