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Supreme Court vs. State of Alabama

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  • Democrat
    Meridian, MS
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    The state of Alabama, Republican driven, is forging ahead with an effort to do away with the Voting Rights Act of 1965. While many agree because of the fact that America has come a long way since the mid-1960s, these protections are far too important to too many Americans to be eliminated. Who can even guess what the Republican Party has in mind, especially in the South but elsewhere as well, if this law can be removed? There are all sorts of things imaginable, and especially after witnessing the last election and all its fiascos including long, long lines and intimidations, among other tactics, I would not put anything past what the Republicans might try. If it can be imagined, they will try it. Even Justice Scalia has chimed in, saying the need for these minority protections has simply gone away. How can he be allowed to judge ANYTHING, given his apparent bigoted feelings? Please write and email Congress, letting them know that there is no harm in keeping this law intact. No one is being hurt by it in any way, so why not just leave it alone? I say even if it protects even one American, it is worth having.
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    They are stating the rule is too much trouble when one wants to change voting rules. They need to answer why they keep changing the voting rules. If they answer that then the law will be kept in place.
  • Independent
    Plymouth, WI
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    Just for the simple fact that a political party wants to do away with this act proves we need this act. It isn't hurting anyone now, but once it is removed, you can bet the ones wanting it gone will be hurting people then. No need for it while it is law, but once it is not law it will be needed again for sure. Yes the pups are desperate after the last election that they lost "get over it pups, face it, the majority can see through your lies, at least the majority with more education than an Alabama Republican." Alabama Republican, scary thought for sure.
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    Roberts has argued that if the law doesn't apply to the north then it shouldn't be applied to the south. A great highscholl argument. A stately jurist would say it was needed everywhere for the fore seeable future. He also brought up states rights. If the court gets this wrong the Justice department is going to be very busy.
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    Meridian, MS
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    Good points woven, and I think Roberts should be chastised for his opinion. I say the law, actually the amendment, applies to the entire country, otherwise it would not be part of the U.S. Constitution. He should be asked to prove his argument that this law doesn't apply to the north. I say he cannot prove that. Show me ANY part of the Constitution that is applicable to less than the full United States.
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    michaels39301 Wrote: The state of Alabama, Republican driven, is forging ahead with an effort to do away with the Voting Rights Act of 1965. While many agree because of the fact that America has come a long way since the mid-1960s, these protections are far too important to too many Americans to be eliminated. Who can even guess what the Republican Party has in mind, especially in the South but elsewhere as well, if this law can be removed? There are all sorts of things imaginable, and especially after witnessing the last election and all its fiascos including long, long lines and intimidations, among other tactics, I would not put anything past what the Republicans might try. If it can be imagined, they will try it. Even Justice Scalia has chimed in, saying the need for these minority protections has simply gone away. How can he be allowed to judge ANYTHING, given his apparent bigoted feelings? Please write and email Congress, letting them know that there is no harm in keeping this law intact. No one is being hurt by it in any way, so why not just leave it alone? I say even if it protects even one American, it is worth having.
    It is amazing that the conservatives on the court are so blind to the racism that is still rampant in the south. It seems as if they have forgotten why this important law was put in place and these conservatives on the court will be solely responsible when (and I only say when, not if) the South slides back into its overtly racist ways. I cringe when I think about what things might look like in ten years if this law is overturned.

    Our conservative Supreme Court must believe that Alabama, whose state motto is STILL "The Heart of Dixie," has all of a sudden become a post racial haven for all. It was a sad, sad day at the court and after reading the transcript of the arguments, I'm not very optimistic that this law will come out in tact. The conservatives on the court either don't believe that racism is still alive and well in the south or simply don't care because they are so caught up in "states rights" issues, even with regards to sanctioned racism. If Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act is ruled unconstitutional, it will set our country back fifty years. Just like you said, michaels, if the south had voting fiasco's in this past election, I can only imagine what will happen if Section 5 is struck down.

    Perhaps we should not be so surprised at these recent developments. After Chief Justice Roberts vote on the Affordable Care Act, I immediately started thinking about the ulterior motives regarding his vote. Why not give the liberals something they want and then have the ability to forge ahead with his Neo-Conservative ideology for the foreseeable future. It was a great, yet sinister judicial maneuver. I am very worried about what's on the courts docket this term and am even more worried about where this court is heading in the long term. I have this sinking feeling that we will be in for a whole host of rulings that set our country back years, if not decades.