GOP has tough choices on Voting Rights Act

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  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    July 5, 2013 5:43 p.m.

    Mike's accusation needs some serious updating. It's true that racist Democrats kept African Americans from voting for a long time following the Civil War, but that changed when Lyndon Johnson put through the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Today black voters are overwhelmingly Democratic, so who would one suppose is trying to keep this group from voting or registering at all? Hint. The Democratic Party would be crazy to do that. Today's GOP, on the other hand, draws heavily from white voters in Southern states. Nothing wrong with that, but it IS wrong to try to use state legislatures as a co-conspirator in tipping the playing field their way. BTW, there is no question Mike knows all this.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    July 5, 2013 2:52 p.m.

    Who wanted to keep the former slaves from voting? Was it Lincoln's Republicans or was it the Democrats? Hint: It wasn't Lincoln's Republicans. Who is using race, even today. Hint: It isn't a Republicans.

    Who voted for Obamacare? Not one Republican. Was it because those who would NOT vote for Obamacare actually read the Constitution? Was it cause they listed the duties that the people of America had given to the Federal Government and had authorized the Federal Government to tax us to provide, and that HEALTH CARE is not on that list (Article 1, Section 8). It is because they know duties not enumerated are to be left to the States or to the people?

    We have been hood-winked by both parties for decades, but only the Democrats are demanding a blank check and only the Democrats passed the biggest tax increase in American history - just ask Chief Justice John Roberts.

    Now, a Democrat is so ashamed of his handiwork that he wants to hide it from us for another year. He knows that he will loose the House and the Senate if Obamacare has to be paid for.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    July 5, 2013 11:54 a.m.

    @Mike Richards

    Republicans refused to vote for a healthcare bill that they and the Heritage Foundation had championed since the 1990's.


    As Chris Crawford, Republican, from South Carolina, member of the HOUSE, said, " is good politics to oppose the black guy in the White House...".

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    July 5, 2013 10:57 a.m.

    So where does the Constitution allow states to treat voters UNequally in order to try to bring about a certain election outcome? Doing so for a HUNDRED years following the Civil War didn't ever make it right, did it? Voting, BTW, and regulations that govern voting is supposed to be the subject of this thread, not partisan whining about eight or ten other things.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    July 5, 2013 8:44 a.m.

    The DUTY of those running for federal office is to uphold the Constitution as the Supreme Law of the Land and to relegate to the States or to the people any DUTY not enumerated in the Constitution.

    That means no Obamacare.

    That means no amnesty for illegal aliens.

    That means no federal ruling at any time or of any kind against the family, even under the guise of equality, after all, if Democrats believed in equality, they would insist that citizens be equally taxed to pay for all government programs.

    That means no special penalties for any crime.

    That means that Democrat's are in trouble, not Republicans.

    Republicans have passed a budget. Democrats refuse to vote.

    Republicans demand that our borders be made secure. Democrats refuse to build the authorized fence.

    Republicans refused to vote for Obamacare. Democrats voted for the bill, which was the largest tax increase ever passed in America.

    Just spread the word. Obama is so frightened that even he wants to delay implementation of HIS tax which is his legacy.