Thursday, October 04, 2012
How serious is the voter suppression problem?Elizabeth Drew in Voting Wrongs NYR Blog 09/21/2012 says it's this serious:
Having covered Watergate and the impeachment of Richard Nixon, and more recently written a biography of Nixon, I believe that the wrongdoing we are seeing in this election is more menacing even than what went on then. Watergate was a struggle over the Constitutional powers and accountability of a president, and, alarmingly, the president and his aides attempted to interfere with the nominating process of the opposition party. But the current voting rights issue is even more serious: it’s a coordinated attempt by a political party to fix the result of a presidential election by restricting the opportunities of members of the opposition party’s constituency—most notably blacks—to exercise a Constitutional right.And there's a direct line of the political tradition that leads from the anti-Reconstruction and anti-democracy Southern "Redeemers" of the 1870s to today's Republican voter suppression efforts.
These are straight-up segregationist measures.
Tags: segregation, voter suppression
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