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Obama seeks to restrict states' voting rights: Another play of the race card?

Original post made by Liberalism NOT, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Feb 22, 2013

President Obama played the race card when he said Friday that his new voting-rights commission will help to prevent state officials from engaging in “new tricks” that discourage minorities from voting.

“It’s very important that we work together to make sure everybody gets a chance to vote, and we clear away a lot of this nonsense,” Mr. Obama said in an interview with SiriusXM radio. He added that the country needs more election rules “to make sure that people aren’t waiting in line for six, seven hours, that there aren’t new tricks that discourage people from voting.” Although Obama never specifically mentioned blacks, or minorities, critical listeners to the interview knew who America's first "black" president was talking about.

Further, although he did not single out Republicans by name, Mr. Obama’s comments came after the two major parties sparred continually during last election cycle over new voting requirements instituted in a string of GOP-controlled states. Backers of the new laws say they were needed to prevent widespread polling fraud, and cited nearly a half-dozen individuals over the past ten years that attempted to vote without proper voter credentials. Critics said the new laws were a way to intimidate or curtail voting primarily by low-income and minority voters who tend disproportionately to back Democratic Party programs, policies, and candidates.

Mr. Obama told Sirius host Joe Madison that new regulations to protect minority voting rights would guard against the impact of a potential Supreme Court ruling to strike down Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The justices next week will hear oral arguments in an Alabama case in which Shelby County officials argue that they ought to be finally free of the law’s requirements, which mandate that officials in certain jurisdictions seek “pre-clearance” from the federal government before enacting any new election laws. Stated Clem Kittleman of the Shelby County Sheriff's Office: "We never had problems with our minorities before, and so there's no dadgum reason to think we'd have a problem today."


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Posted by A Neighbor
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 22, 2013 at 11:11 pm

In the state of Michigan, the voters last November rejected something called the Emergency Manager Law. Just 37 days after voters repealed Public Act 4, the notorious and anti-democratic Emergency Manager Law, Republican state legislators passed a new version to replace it. It was signed into law as Public Act 436 thirteen days later.

What this law allows is for the governor to appoint local executive branch overseers, an Emergency Manager, who "shall act for and in the place and stead of the governing body and the office of chief administrative officer of the local government." The emergency manager, appointed by the governor, has oversight of all government functions

In other words, the locally elected government officials just got replaced and they are no longer allowed to do anything relating to the job they were elected to do unless the EM gives them permission to do so.

But that is not all. The incorporated cities and township where this is targeted are overwhelmingly African American, and if they add Detroit and its suburbs to the emergency areas as planned, over 49% of the African Americans in Michigan will have lost their duly elected local representatives.

Make fun if you will, but this is a very serious attempt to disenfranchise African American citizens of this country by a Republican legislature.

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Posted by Citizen
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 23, 2013 at 12:33 am

Why wouldn't a president want integrity in our sacred voting process?? With half the CEOs in silicon valley NON-citizens, plus, mexican illegals, chinese students over-staying visas, etc. etc. I'd say Toto, we're not in Kansas any more. I'd say we need some sort of citizenship verification, and in general, verification of the name on the list. It's about 'citizenship', NOT race, like all on the lyin' left in their phony outrage making their feeble
cry that proving 'citizenship' is about race. It's NOT. What's even scarier, is the ignorance of the gullible who aren't bright enough to know there is a 'difference' between ...'race' vs 'national citizenship'......we need sacred voter integrity in our voting process intended for 'citizens' !! not visitors, that has ZERO to do with race.....dummie dems. Stand tall, and stop playing the RACE card ! ! ! DEMONSTRATING ignorance between race and citizenship.

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Posted by Ptown native
a resident of Stoneridge
on Feb 23, 2013 at 7:45 am

Amen Citizen!
We always show our ID when we go to vote.
I make them LOOK at it. It's such a simple solution.

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Posted by Ptown native
a resident of Stoneridge
on Feb 23, 2013 at 7:49 am

Why didnt the Prez ever bitch about the
Black Panthers who stood at the polls with
night-sticks to intimidate old white women???
Where was Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton then?

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Posted by Citizen Paine
a resident of Danville
on Feb 23, 2013 at 8:18 am

Uh, Ptown? I think you've myth'd the point.

First, old white women don't intimidate that easily. If you disagree, my Gramma will be pleased to introduce you to the business end of her 7-iron.

Second, in that One polling place, that One Panther wasn't there to intimidate white women, because he knows the first point, above, even if you do not.

Third, it was One polling place, vs. the many Thousands of polling places affected by these laws that GOP officials got caught in speeches admitting they were passing where they could, trying to discourage likely Dem voters.

Fourth, the made-up rationale for all these laws -- rampant voter fraud -- is just that -- MADE-UP. It does not exist -- no evidence of it -- zippo. Few things are truly shameful in politics, but trying to keep people from voting is right there, atop the list.

Fifth, "you're one, too" was a too-weak argument to be used at recess by the time we all reached fourth grade -- are you in third-grade?

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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Feb 23, 2013 at 8:30 am

Well, I see that our resident conservative posters are out in force here with more of their thoughtful and intelligent comments on voting laws. (BTW, Ptown and "liberalism", in case that flew over your heads, that was sarcasm).

Take a hint from what Republican Booby Jindal said. You're doing much more harm than good for the conservative cause.

(Republican Governor Bobby Jindal and the "Stupid Party" Web Link)

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal hurled harsh criticism at his own party after the GOP was blindsided in the 2012 elections, telling Republicans to end "dumbed-down conservatism" by putting a stop to "offensive, bizarre" comments.

“It is no secret we had a number of Republicans damage our brand this year with offensive, bizarre comments -- enough of that,” Jindal told Politico. “It’s not going to be the last time anyone says something stupid within our party, but it can’t be tolerated within our party. We’ve also had enough of this dumbed-down conservatism. We need to stop being simplistic, we need to trust the intelligence of the American people and we need to stop insulting the intelligence of the voters.”

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Posted by Grand Dragoon
a resident of another community
on Feb 23, 2013 at 10:07 am

Ah'm offended thet mah original post has been re-moved. Sheriff Klem is, too.

Aintcha got no room fer satahr?