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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Minority Rules!

A recent news report from the U.S. Supreme Court, taking up whether or not to renew the Voting Rights Act, said, and I quote:

At issue was the law's Section 5, which requires nine states, mostly in the South, and jurisdictions in other states to "pre-clear" any changes in voting laws with federal authorities.
Justice Antonin Scalia said Congress' decision in 2006 to re-authorize the law was not the result of a studied decision, but of a "phenomenon that is called perpetuation of racial entitlement." Politicians, he said, are afraid to vote against legislation with the "wonderful" name of the Voting Rights Act.

I was alive in 1965 when the Voting Rights Act passed...not very old, but alive.  Old enough, though, to remember seeing pictures on the TV of civil rights marchers getting knocked off their feet by fire hoses and ripped up by police dogs.

Those civil rights marches came about because those who were in the minority of the U.S. population didn't have a place in society or government.  The Voting Rights act, and other laws like it, helped elevate African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, Asian-Americans, women, gays, and others into the mainstream of American society. 

So you see, the "majority rules" situation that for so many years kept old fat white men on top and minorities on the sidelines has been flipped, replaced by minority rule!  Hooray! Only problem is, the minority that's ruling now is made up of old fat white men like Scalia.

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