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Wed Feb 27, 2013, 02:18 PM

Dark Day at the U.S. Supreme Court as Voting Rights Act Comes Under Rightwing Attack

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Dark Day at the U.S. Supreme Court as Voting Rights Act Comes Under Rightwing Attack

Early word on what happened today during the U.S. Supreme Court's hearing on the crucial Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act in Shelby County, AL v. Eric Holder is not encouraging. This could come to be seen as a very dark day for voting rights in this country, as a landmark provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act may be on the verge of being dismantled and, arguably, a half a decade of civil rights advancements along with it.

Late last night we detailed what's at stake and how the activist Supremes are likely to intercede in what is clearly a Congressional duty, as specifically ascribed to them in the 15th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. That, despite a stunning 98 to 0 vote in the U.S. Senate to re-authorize the VRA for another 25 years as is, after 21 hearings and some 15,000 pages of documentation on the continuing blight of racial discrimination, as recently as 2006.

While it's always a perilous exercise to try and read the tea leaves from a SCOTUS hearing, The Nation's Ari Berman, who was present in the court room this morning, Tweets, disturbingly today: "In oral argument, Scalia likened Congressional support for Voting Rights Act to a 'perpetuation of racial entitlement'".

The rest of the reportage following the hearing has, so far, been similarly troubling…

FULL STORY: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=9891


Read more: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=9891

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BradBlog Feb 2013 OP
srican69 Feb 2013 #1
sharp_stick Feb 2013 #2
John2 Feb 2013 #3
midwest irish Feb 2013 #4
John2 Feb 2013 #6
LeftInTX Feb 2013 #5
John2 Feb 2013 #7
OKNancy Feb 2013 #8

Response to BradBlog (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 02:24 PM

1. shameless bastards!!!!

The racists all over the country must be celebrating today !!!

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Response to BradBlog (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 02:31 PM

2. This would be a really good day

for all of Fat Tony's dietary choices to come back and bite him in the ass.

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Response to BradBlog (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 02:33 PM

3. So are they claiming

 

Congress made an UnConstitutional Law? Has this ever came up with any other Supreme Court besides these particular Justices? Is there some legal way to remove Scalia on his interpretations? So what will they do, send it back to Congress?

And who has oversight over the Supreme Court when they break the Constitution? When do they cross the line and try to legislate laws? And wouldn't Scalia's remarks be getting close to it?

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Response to BradBlog (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 02:35 PM

4. I dont get it.

 

The Supreme Court's job is supposed to decide whether a law conflicts with the Constitution. Its job is not to decide whether a law is good, bad, effective, or even "outdated". If the voting rights law was not unconstitutional in 1965, or 1985, or 2006, then how could it become unconstitutional now?

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Response to midwest irish (Reply #4)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 02:40 PM

6. Because some nominated

 

for the position of the Supreme Court appears to have lied about upholding the laws in their hearings. It appears they are trying to make laws instead of interpreting them. When does this cross the line and why can't they be removed for lying.

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Response to BradBlog (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 02:37 PM

5. Thank you Bradblog

I read today's and yesterday's blog on your site.

Excerpt:

"Voter suppression attempts in last election didn't even come up during SCOTUS arguments about Voting Rights Act".


Where was our president? He filed a brief regarding the DOMA, why not this case?

It is a sad day....

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Response to LeftInTX (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 02:43 PM

7. I would have like

 

to know what the rebuttal was. Where does this Massachussetts voter turnout question come from and what did it have to do with voting rights. I fail to see any connection?

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Response to BradBlog (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 02:45 PM

8. duplicate topic, plus editorial content - locking

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014409741

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