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July 14, 2006

VRA Renewal: Solving The Problems Of 1964 Until 2032

In 2032 I will, God willing, turn 69. The data used to determine which states need special monitoring for racial discrimination in voting will turn 68 -- making it more than old enough to collect social security if that program still exists.

That is why today's knee-jerk renewal of certain provisions of that law is an absurd act of political cowardice by the House of Representatives.

The House yesterday easily approved an extension of key provisions of the landmark Voting Rights Act, after GOP leaders quelled a rebellion within the party's Southern ranks that threatened to become a political embarrassment.

Before the 390 to 33 vote to extend the measure for a quarter-century, the House defeated four amendments that would have diluted two expiring provisions and possibly derailed final passage before the November congressional elections. With the House hurdle now cleared, Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) said he hoped to bring the extension to the Senate floor before the August recess.

The act's temporary provisions do not expire until next year, but Republican leaders had hoped that early action would earn goodwill from minority voters as members of Congress head into a brutally competitive fall campaign season.

"Today, Republicans and Democrats have united in a historic vote to preserve and protect one of America's most important fundamental rights -- the right to vote," said House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.).

Wrong, Mr. Speaker. Democrats and Republicans have become a sleuth of pander-bears. These provisions were meant to expire in 1970, and use data that is woefully outdated to limit the effective coverage of the act to only a few states.

It seems clear that some members of Congress have been in hibernation for the last four decades.

In urging adoption of the act, Representative John Lewis, Democrat of Georgia, recalled marching on Bloody Sunday, a turning point in the movement for black voting rights in 1965, when the police in Selma, Ala., beat 600 civil rights demonstrators.

"I gave blood," Mr. Lewis said, his voice rising, as he stood alongside photographs of the clash. "Some of my colleagues gave their very lives."

"Yes, we've made some progress; we have come a distance," he added. "The sad truth is, discrimination still exists. That's why we still need the Voting Rights Act, and we must not go back to the dark past."

Fine, I can accept some sort of renewal of these provisions of the VRA. But none of these provisions is about turning the clock back four decades. Indeed, one of the defeated amendments (opposed by Democrats as a killer amendment) would have targetted voting issues as they exist TODAY, not back when I was still an infant.

A second amendment, offered by Rep. Charles Whitlow Norwood Jr. (R-Ga.), would have made every district potentially subject to the pre-clearance requirement, by including any jurisdiction where voter turnout fell below 50 percent in a presidential election. It would have eased the pre-clearance requirement for jurisdictions with voter turnout above 50 percent in three consecutive presidential elections, presuming that no court had found that discriminatory voting practices were employed. The measure failed 318 to 96.

Wow -- considering voter turnout in elections taking place TODAY was labelled as being against civil right. Applying the law to what happened in 2004 and what will happen in 2008 is not as important as correcting what happened in the election when Lyndon Johnson beat Barry Goldwater. Good grief -- would you accept the advice of a doctor who shunned MRIs and CAT scans and stuck strictly to old-fashioned x-rays because that was what he learned in medical school back in the 1960s? Of course not! Then why engage in the illogically absurd practice of using antiquated measures to determine racial discrimination -- and demand that they continue to be used for another quarter century?

Even suggesting that the renewal be done for a decade rather than a quarter century was labelled as a poison pill. Never mind that those who wrote these provisions thought it sufficient that they expire after five years -- now, four decades later, anything less than an extension of 25 years is tantamount to repealing the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments to the Constitution.

I've expressed my frustration over this issue a number of times in the past. I'm not persuaded by anything I've read today. Far from being a profile in courage, the blind renewal of these provisions of the VRA is a profile in political and moral cowardice.

Here's hoping the Senate has the backbone either to make the Voting Rights Act relevant to the problems that exist today or to allow these provisions to expire as their authors intended them to do.

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Everett Dirksen-like Republicans sold traditional Middle America out when they capitulated to the liberals with 1960s
"civil rights" legislation ; there are substantive groups like the Council of Conservative Citizens attempting to right those wrongs.

|| Posted by Ken Hoop, July 14, 2006 10:49 AM ||

Well, it's good to see that you are as contemptuous of black folks as you are of the JOOOOOOOOOOOS.

Anyone else you want to add to your list of folks who you oppose? Hispanics? Catholics? Asians?

Come on, Ken, we are waiting to hear.

|| Posted by Rhymes With Right, July 14, 2006 09:08 PM ||

Greg, you need to eradicate your remaining strains of politically correct liberalism.

The CCC is not the "hate group" liberals claim ,
not even "contemptuous," of anyone,save perhaps those who believe they are conservatives yet echo what the liberals are saying.

Dems are correct in noting GOP conservatives were "late" in accepting "civil rights" legislation you implicitly now accept.

That is also to say I have said or inferred nothing that the prototype conservative Republican was not saying circa 1955. Of course, "modern" Republicans are content to deride the likes of, say, William Fulbright, for his opposition to civil rights legislation in an effort to embarrass modern Democrats, rather than stand with the CCC position.

This is politically analgolous to big business/ chamber of commerce Republicans trying to buy the Hispanic vote (and get cheap labor.)

The result of both is the transmogrification, and continuing "Braziliazation" of America.

|| Posted by Ken Hoop, July 15, 2006 10:50 AM ||

You need to eliminate your remaining stains of National-Socialistically correct racism, anti-Semitism, and anti-Americanism.

And what I echo are Amendments 13, 14, and 15 of the US Constitution. I'm sorry you reject them -- along with most of the rest of the US Constitution, from what i can tell.

|| Posted by Rhymes With Right, July 15, 2006 11:20 AM ||

http://pages.prodigy.net/krtq73aa/tactic.htm


a treatise that would benefit you on this subject--and your readers --though I don't vouch for everything on the site.

|| Posted by Ken Hoop, July 15, 2006 01:35 PM ||

Yeah -- I realize that Stormfront is a bit more up your alley.

|| Posted by Rhymes With Right, July 15, 2006 03:10 PM ||

The Republicans have failed the conservative movement.

We need to vote them out of office.

http://shiningcityatopahill.blogspot.com/2006/07/united-states-could-go-bankrupt.html

Join me in this quest.

|| Posted by AShiningCity, July 15, 2006 11:27 PM ||

I recognize the Constitution in its original form and spirit as a worthy document, importantly, one that reflected the zeitgeist of the "founding ethnic core" as the greatest contemporary Conservative, Samuel Francis, termed it. I also recognize those believe the "ideals" exist and could have been compacted independently of that core and hence apply to all peoples worldwide are not conservatives.

The preservation of the core is pivotal as Francis recognized. If Greg plans on running for office he can hem and haw around these principles with my permission; I have no such plans and can be concise;if the core's fundamental interests can be furthered through Constitutional methodologies,so much the better, though some feel the Constitution no longer exists in the spiritual/legal form intended by the Founders.

|| Posted by Ken Hoop, July 16, 2006 11:30 AM ||

I suppose, then, that you agree with Chief Justice Taney's decision in Scot v. Sanford -- namely the exclusion of non-whites from citizenship and that non-whites lack any rights that a white man is bound to respect. Add that to your previously stated hatred of JOOOOOOOOS and we start to see you for who and what you are.

We're going for the trifecta, Ken -- what do you think of Catholics?

|| Posted by Rhymes With Right, July 16, 2006 11:50 AM ||

LOL, Greg. I'm actually very latitudinarian.

http://dixienet.org/

But some Southerners don't have as much patience as you. Not that I prefer their approach over the
CCC...that's why I'm a latitudinarian and have a good word for any and all, including Catholics,
who compose some of my best friends!

|| Posted by Ken Hoop, July 16, 2006 01:41 PM ||

Ok, "any and all" should read "many and most".
It's Sunday, though.

|| Posted by Ken Hoop, July 16, 2006 01:49 PM ||

Sorry, but you still seem like a "Know-Nothing" to me.

|| Posted by Rhymes With Right, July 16, 2006 02:37 PM ||

Acctually, Ken, "Know-Nothing" was the label I was hinting at.

|| Posted by Rhymes With Right, July 16, 2006 02:41 PM ||

Jesus Christ Himself is modern politically correct terms was guilty of "Jew hatred" when he condemned the Pharisees. Rabbinicism (but not Karaism which rejects it and the Talmud) is the continuation of Pharaisism. Neverthless, when I applaud jewsagainstzionism.com, I prove myself innocent.

|| Posted by Ken Hoop, July 17, 2006 11:55 AM ||

Gee -- you found an obscure sect that blames Jews for the Holocaust instead of the Nazi perpetrators. Seems to me that more or less confirms your Jew-hatred.

What next -- will you be bringing us material from a group of blacks that supports the repeal of the thirteenth,FOurteenth, and Fifteenth Amendment so that slavery can be reinstituted?

|| Posted by Rhymes With Right, July 17, 2006 12:33 PM ||

http://lebop.blogspot.com/2006/07/becoming-refugee.html

the overwhelming majority of Arabs including Lebanese Christians (above link) would regard your unequivocal support of Israel as demonstrative of Arabophobia.

|| Posted by Ken Hoop, July 17, 2006 02:14 PM ||

And my response would be that they ware wrong -- while their harboring of Hezbollah -- the Party of (the false) God -- is clearly indicative of anti-Semitism. When you allow a terrorist group to operate out of your territory, you have implicitly accepted the consequences.

And as for the Palestinians, it is long past time for Israel to do to them what the Palestinians long stated was their objective regarding the Jews -- drive them into the sea.

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