Selma and Suffrage

posted at 11:01 am on March 3, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

Today, probably as you are first reading this, Vice President Biden and his wife will join with thousands of other people to commemorate the 1965 “Bloody Sunday” march crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge outside of Selma. Interestingly, this years event will take place on the same date as the commemoration of the 1913 women’s suffrage march in Washington. (That second link has a really great collections of pictures from the 1913 march, by the way. Definitely worth a look.)

They are important events to be sure, providing us with a reminder of an era when we weren’t doing nearly as well as we could in terms of equality and freedom, in addition to the chance to remember and pay tribute to the people who risked much – in some cases, all – to bring about needed changes and push the country toward true equality. They also give us the opportunity to celebrate precisely how far we have come and appreciate the achievements which have been realized in these areas.

Unfortunately, not everyone seems to be on board with the idea that we’ve made great progress. George Will explains.

Progressives are remarkably uninterested in progress. Social Security is 78 years old, and myriad social improvements have added 17 years to life expectancy since 1935, yet progressives insist the program remain frozen, like a fly in amber. Medicare is 48 years old, and the competence and role of medicine have been transformed since 1965, yet progressives cling to Medicare “as we know it.” And they say that the Voting Rights Act, another 48-year-old, must remain unchanged, despite dramatic improvements in race relations…

The question concerning which the Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday was whether Section 5 of the act is still constitutional, given the disappearance of the conditions that once made it acceptable as a temporary and emergency truncation of states’ sovereignty under federalism. In 2008, two years after the fourth renewal of the act, Barack Obama won a higher percentage of the white vote than did Al Gore and John Kerry in 2000 and 2004, respectively. Today Mississippi has more black elected officials — not more per capita, more — than any other state. Yet defenders of the continuing necessity of Section 5 merely shrug about the fact that race is no longer a barrier to either the nation’s highest office or to state and local offices in what once was the state most emblematic of resistance to racial equality.

I don’t think George Will – or any sane person for that matter – is claiming that America is perfect, that racism, sexism and bias of every kind are extinct or that there won’t always be room for improvement. We are a nation comprised of human beings, each with our own failings and shortcomings. But denying that the playing field has been leveled – particularly in terms of access to remedies through the courts when inequity is discovered – is also denying reality. But even the suggestion that this 48 year old act deserves a fresh look with 21st century eyes brings out the hoards of usual suspects waving the race card like a blood drenched flag.

Any piece of legislation which treats one subset of states, districts or people differently than another is constitutionally problematic on its face. And even if we accept, as Will does, that it was a “necessary but temporary solution,” history has also taught us that temporary takes on all sorts of new meanings when applied to the federal government. While there have been some notable exceptions, such as the Marshall Plan, for the most part, when Washington seizes some new measure of control over the actions of the citizens, taking it away from them generally requires holding a metaphorical gun to their heads.

Further, it is ironic that this entire discussion centers on the concept of prejudice while ignoring entirely the other side of the coin. There are only a few “acceptable” forms of prejudice left in this country, and one of them is to make fun of, generalize and frequently demonize citizens who live in the South. The entire progressive argument relies on this prejudice, and assumes that modern citizens of the former Confederacy are somehow genetically inferior to their elite cousins in the northeast and on the left coast. Southerners, we are frequently and openly reminded, are stupid. They are slow. They are prone to inbreeding. And most of all, they are hateful racists. They must be constantly watched and regulated in a fashion which is not applied to the rest of the country… not for any specific, individual crime they may have committed, but for their place of birth and their bloodline.

And if you can’t see the irony in that, well… you’re probably fighting to make the Voting Rights Act permanent. But we’ll have more on that later today in my special on “White History Month.” Stay tuned.

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

“Every month is white history month”

I can hear it now…

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on March 3, 2013 at 11:06 AM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaDQ1vIuvZI

“Selllllllllllllllllllmah”.

Forever immortalized by Hillary Rodham Clinton.

PappyD61 on March 3, 2013 at 11:07 AM

There are only a few “acceptable” forms of prejudice left in this country, and one of them is to make fun of, generalize and frequently demonize citizens who live in the South. The entire progressive argument relies on this prejudice, and assumes that modern citizens of the former Confederacy are somehow genetically inferior to their elite cousins in the northeast and on the left coast.

I’m sorry, can you point to anyone who has actually seriously claimed that Southerners are genetically different than others, other than as a joke? Very few posts go by on this site where commenters don’t “make fun of, generalize and frequently demonize” liberals. Political opponents on both sides do this a lot, and it might be a little childish and silly, but it’s really not that big of a deal, and shouldn’t be compared to the kind of actual prejudice that the march is remembering.

tneloms on March 3, 2013 at 11:12 AM

There are only a few “acceptable” forms of prejudice left in this country, and one of them is to make fun of, generalize and frequently demonize citizens who live in the South. The entire progressive argument relies on this prejudice, and assumes that modern citizens of the former Confederacy are somehow genetically inferior to their elite cousins in the northeast and on the left coast.

This is a fascinating sentence. It basically assumes that whites are the only southern citizens. Perhaps that alone speaks to the continued need for the VRA.

libfreeordie on March 3, 2013 at 11:12 AM

When we get a Congressional White Caucus and Men’s Violence Act, get back to me…

hillsoftx on March 3, 2013 at 11:14 AM

I’m sorry, can you point to anyone who has actually seriously claimed that Southerners are genetically different than others, other than as a joke? Very few posts go by on this site where commenters don’t “make fun of, generalize and frequently demonize” liberals. Political opponents on both sides do this a lot, and it might be a little childish and silly, but it’s really not that big of a deal, and shouldn’t be compared to the kind of actual prejudice that the march is remembering.

tneloms on March 3, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Well put.

libfreeordie on March 3, 2013 at 11:15 AM

and a Louie Ledbetter Act..

hillsoftx on March 3, 2013 at 11:16 AM

It is long past time we stopped treating a section of States as a conquered province of the Empire. And it’s long past time we started focusing on the behaviors we won’t tolerate, no matter where they’re committed.
“Equal Protection of the Laws” means everybody….Even states!

Lew on March 3, 2013 at 11:18 AM

When we get a Congressional White Caucus and Men’s Violence Act, get back to me…

hillsoftx on March 3, 2013 at 11:14 AM

I don’t understand the thinking behind this. Look at the demographics of Congress….its plain as day that white legislators are no where near a minority, especially in the Senate.

libfreeordie on March 3, 2013 at 11:18 AM

“Southerners, we are frequently and openly reminded, are stupid. They are slow. They are prone to inbreeding. And most of all, they are hateful racists.”

I’m frequently reminded of this right here on HotAir.

Foxhound on March 3, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Aren’t we sick of this yet? The progressives pitting one race against another. I’m tired of everybody’s racial history month.

Lynken on March 3, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Selma, Montgomery, Birmingham…..any chance they get to play the race card and reinforce the collective “white guilt” on voters.

Progressives wouldn’t free of us “our collective guilt” unless every white person moved back to Europe, all black people were shipped back to Africa and Mexicans and Native American tribes were left to hunt the restored buffalo tribes swarming the interstates in Middle America.

….and we restored all the Inca and Mayan temples with human sacrifices, colorful outfits and shipped all Spainish speaking Europeans back to Spain and Portugal.

But now that I think about it, even then the Progressives wouldn’t be satisfied because the Judeo-Christian Infectors from Europe would have robbed the people of 500 years of progress, and pristine tribal history.

So since we can never make amends, let’s just ignore them and make sure we add the Screaming goat to any speech the Democrat Communists make over the next 4 years (Biden, Maxine Waters, Cuomo, Sheila-Jackson Lee, Keith Ellison, Hank Johnson, Dick Durbin, etc.)

PappyD61 on March 3, 2013 at 11:23 AM

I don’t understand the thinking behind this. Look at the demographics of Congress….its plain as day that white legislators are no where near a minority, especially in the Senate.

libfreeordie on March 3, 2013 at 11:18 AM

And I don’t understand your thinking. So only minorities are victims of crime. Only minorities deserve representation or lobby groups.. You do realize how bigoted that sounds. Why shouldn’t there be a White Caucus. If blacks are so different that they must have a specific Caucaus to address their concerns why wouldn’t you think the white experience is different as well.. Or let me guess, you think that is racist..

melle1228 on March 3, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Well put.

libfreeordie on March 3, 2013 at 11:15 AM

I don’t understand the thinking behind this. Look at the demographics of Congress….its plain as day that white legislators are no where near a minority, especially in the Senate.

libfreeordie on March 3, 2013 at 11:18 AM

The CBC did not want to include Allen West. Why would that be?

VegasRick on March 3, 2013 at 11:24 AM

libfreeordie on March 3, 2013 at 11:15 AM

…who would have guessed you would finally appear on a thread?…and the picture didn’t even show Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson on the front lines!

KOOLAID2 on March 3, 2013 at 11:24 AM

“Southerners, we are frequently and openly reminded, are stupid. They are slow. They are prone to inbreeding. And most of all, they are hateful racists.”

I’m frequently reminded of this right here on HotAir.

Foxhound on March 3, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Clarify please.. Are you reminded that this is a true stereotype or a false one. Because I have to tell you, I grew up outside of Chicago. I have met some dumb northerners and some very intelligent southerners. If you are perpetrating stereotypes, it is time to get off your computer and start meeting “real” people.

melle1228 on March 3, 2013 at 11:25 AM

As they say in the south,If I had known all this I would have picked my own cotton.

docflash on March 3, 2013 at 11:27 AM

When we get a Congressional White Caucus and Men’s Violence Act, get back to me…

hillsoftx on March 3, 2013 at 11:14 AM

I don’t understand the thinking behind this. Look at the demographics of Congress….its plain as day that white legislators are no where near a minority, especially in the Senate.

libfreeordie on March 3, 2013 at 11:18 AM

They are there to represent their constituents, not to have a power orgy.

hillsoftx on March 3, 2013 at 11:28 AM

It basically assumes that whites are the only southern citizens. Perhaps that alone speaks to the continued need for the VRA.

libfreeordie on March 3, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Umm..I think you missed the point.
Liberals who stereotype “The South” do just that. They seem to think the people there are white racist plantation owners, or people who wished they were.

The type of reasoning’s that perpetuate that alone speaks to the need to get rid of VRA and have those liberals start to live in the 21st century.

Mimzey on March 3, 2013 at 11:28 AM

This is the M.O.of progressives.
1. Define a problem.
2. Hype it to a crisis.
3. Propose a government solution.
4. Get the government solution enacted.
5. Continue to hype the crisis as if the solution was not implemented.
6. Repeat from step 2.

It is about government control, not solutions.

tdarrington on March 3, 2013 at 11:29 AM

“But even the suggestion that this 48 year old act deserves a fresh look with 21st century eyes brings out the hoards of usual suspects waving the race card like a blood drenched flag.”

Nice play on words, considering the subject, Jazz.

Dusty on March 3, 2013 at 11:30 AM

The left has turned the term “Tea Party” into the new N word. The people they now deem justifiable to hate and ridicule. You can replace the words and the hateful rhetoric from the democratic party is the same now as it was then.

onomo on March 3, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Progressives wouldn’t free of us “our collective guilt” unless every white person moved back to Europe, all black people were shipped back to Africa and Mexicans and Native American tribes were left to hunt the restored buffalo tribes swarming the interstates in Middle America.

PappyD61 on March 3, 2013 at 11:23 AM

.
The “Progressives” will never forgive anyone ….. until they agree to live under the One World Government. (http://www.wcpa.biz)

listens2glenn on March 3, 2013 at 11:38 AM

It basically assumes that whites are the only southern citizens. Perhaps that alone speaks to the continued need for the VRA.

libfreeordie on March 3, 2013 at 11:12 AM

… but it’s really not that big of a deal, and shouldn’t be compared to the kind of actual prejudice that the march is remembering.

tneloms on March 3, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Way to willfully miss the point in an attempt to rationalize the actual, on-going discrimination that all residents of those states now face under the VRA.

But that’s the point, isn’t? Anything is acceptable under the guise of a false moral superiority in furtherance of Democratic vote-buying. The bemusing aspect of this is clowns like you two who actually buy into embarassingly transparent lies of asses like Hillary and Barack just so you can preen and sneer under a cheap veneer of vanity.

M240H on March 3, 2013 at 11:48 AM

There are only a few “acceptable” forms of prejudice left in this country, and one of them is to make fun of, generalize and frequently demonize citizens who live in the South. The entire progressive argument relies on this prejudice, and assumes that modern citizens of the former Confederacy are somehow genetically inferior to their elite cousins in the northeast and on the left coast.

The caricature is maintained because the South tends to vote republican in presidential races. So it accomplishes two tasks. One, it maintains the “republicans are racist” meme. Two, it allows the democrats to continue to fail to take responsibility for slavery and civil rights abuses. Everything is allowed to change but the south and they won’t allow that caricature to change until its blue again.

MechanicalBill on March 3, 2013 at 11:49 AM

If liberals solved every problem they whine about, they’d have no further purpose. So they would have to make up new ones, which is what usually gets them wiped out by the dictators they helped put in place to solve problems. They become one themselves, a headache for their masters, and so will need to be put down like rabid dogs for being ‘counter-revolutionary’.

There will never be an end to the current situation of race relations in America, because too many have money to make and power to achieve in maintaining the status quo.

Liam on March 3, 2013 at 11:51 AM

onomo on March 3, 2013 at 11:33 AM

The Democratic Party, and the entire Left for that matter, have always been based on a rancid collection of bone-headed stereotypes from beginning to end. That’s one of the reasons why they’re so much better at marketing than the Right is.
It’s a plain fact, demonstrated blatantly by the most recent election, that the care and feeding of stereotypes is much easier than confronting the dynamic complexities and perpetual motion of diverse reality. If you can hang a label on somebody early on in a campaign, you force them to spend scarce resources on digging out from under it, and by the time you get to the end of the campaign you can tell any lie you want to and it will stick like chewing gum to the cat.
Mitt Romney, for all of his many virtues and flaws, was a perfect foil for this kind of intellectual butchery. By the time the campaign was over, he was reduced to a cartoon of himself.
In the end, being a propagandist is way easier than being a journalist or a historian, and that’s what the left has gotten very good at.

Lew on March 3, 2013 at 11:52 AM

But denying that the playing field has been leveled

But, see, there’s the problem. They (progressives) don’t want a level playing field – they want an equal score at the end.

GWB on March 3, 2013 at 11:53 AM

If liberals solved every problem they whine about, they’d have no further purpose.

Liberals aren’t interested in solving problems. They are only interested in control. “Solving problems” is only a ruse to progress with more government control. See my previous post.

tdarrington on March 3, 2013 at 11:55 AM

I’m convinced that there is no amount of wealth transfer that will satisfy them.

Name your $ amount.

tom daschle concerned on March 3, 2013 at 11:56 AM

tneloms on March 3, 2013 at 11:12 AM

YankeesRule1865 at 7:51 AM March 3, 2013

Yes, when one thinks of forgiveness the dixie land toilet south KKKarolina immediately comes to mind.

Sadly, he’ll probably win.

Let’s face it, southerners t’ain’t the sharpest knives in the drawer.

Those poor confederate idiots have been voting against their own economic self-interest in favor of Traditional American Values for over 30 years and, not to put too fine a point on it, they’re just too lazy to change.

And what do the poor confederate twits get for putting all their trust in the GOP’s brand of Traditional American Values?

They get, Mark Sanford, Mark Foley, Larry Craig, Ted Haggard, Newt Gingrich and of course David Vitter.

Now I’m not saying that confederate twits have a genetic predisposition to gullibility but as the evidence mounts it is becoming very clear, confederates have no business running anything but they sure do dig a mean ditch.

Hmm. Seems the denial is pro-forma.

unclesmrgol on March 3, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Southerners, we are frequently and openly reminded, are stupid. They are slow. They are prone to inbreeding. And most of all, they are hateful racists

The NE must like it-as they move here in droves.

bazil9 on March 3, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Sorry, the argument should not be that there needs to be Congressional White Caucus, but rather that there should be no racial-based caucuses at all.

spinach.chin on March 3, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Perhaps that alone speaks to the continued need for the VRA.

libfreeordie on March 3, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Because individuals hold opinions with which you disagree, an entire region of the country has to bow and scrape to Washington if it wants to do something as simple as move a voting precinct location?!? That alone speaks to the need to repeal Section 5 and all other affirmative action legislation.

I don’t understand the thinking behind this. Look at the demographics of Congress….its plain as day that white legislators are no where near a minority, especially in the Senate.

libfreeordie on March 3, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Of course you don’t get it. Progressives are evidently incapable of understanding that equality is only equality when noone gets special rights. Think, lib, what would happen if there were a “Congressional White Caucus”. The hue and cry would be deafening from your sort. You would go to that very well you dip into here: “white legislators are no where near a minority”. Why should being a minority allow you to create a group totally oriented on a race, if the same isn’t allowed for someone in the majority?

What you’re ultimately saying is either 1) the minority group can’t handle life on their own and they need special privileges to achieve, or 2) the minority group can’t have anyone who might have more power than they, so we must smash all those who look like those who once took power away from those who looked like us.

I believe it’s Dr Sowell who has written about how much better the black individual and family was doing before the civil rights movement – because he had to get their on his own, rather than being spotted some points by the referee. He doesn’t pull any punches about the wrongs inflicted on blacks in our country, but he also doesn’t let blacks off the hook.

(Oh, and “it’s plain as day”? Isn’t that racist? Associating day with clarity and knowledge, and, by inference, night with confusion and ignorance? Would you say “black as night”?) /s

Progressives wouldn’t free of us “our collective guilt” unless every white person moved back to Europe, all black people were shipped back to Africa and Mexicans and Native American tribes were left to hunt the restored buffalo tribes swarming the interstates in Middle America.

PappyD61 on March 3, 2013 at 11:23 AM

They still wouldn’t be happy. Not unless they were able to loot all of the West on their return trips. Only then could things be said to have been “set right”.

GWB on March 3, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Now I’m not saying that confederate twits have a genetic predisposition to gullibility but

unclesmrgol on March 3, 2013 at 12:04 PM

How long before a progressive latches onto that statement to deny that comment says what it so very clearly says?

GWB on March 3, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Today Mississippi has more black elected officials — not more per capita, more — than any other state.

The erstwhile practitioners of institutionalized Southern racism made vile, slanderous, racist predictions about the dire consequences for society if those who marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge got their way. Alas, the very officials Will cites have worked tirelessly to make those predictions come true. The color of the faces may have changed, but the institutionalized racism remains and its same victims remain.

Knott Buyinit on March 3, 2013 at 12:19 PM

How long before a progressive latches onto that statement to deny that comment says what it so very clearly says?

GWB on March 3, 2013 at 12:19 PM

I think that the guy who made the statement was trying to distance himself from his own rhetoric in the same post.

It’s like the racist who says that some of his or her best friends are black, and then launches into a diatribe that makes you wonder.

unclesmrgol on March 3, 2013 at 12:23 PM

The question concerning which the Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday was whether Section 5 of the act is still constitutional

STILL constitutional”?? LOL. I think that says it all right there.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 3, 2013 at 12:27 PM

The Founding Fathers were forced by the circumstances of the Revolution to enlist the aid of the wealthy plantation owners in their fight against the British. The Southern colonies these slave owners dominated would have been happy to let the Revolution fail if their “property rights” were not respected. Once a big portion of wealthy slave owners were no longer British post-Revolution, Wilberforce, et al prevailed in Britain. This stuck the United States with the debate over emancipation, ultimately resolved with the Civil War.

The post-Civil War Reconstruction left three groups in the South: The Yankee conquerors, the Southern conquered, and the newly-freed slaves, nominally under the conqueror’s protection. As with the Jews in a very similar post-Diaspora situation, the conquered people learned that while there were reprisals for attacking the conquerors, the nominally-protected-by-the-conquerors could be attacked with impunity. The conquerors didn’t care what happened to their wards either.

In the mid 20th century, post World War II, the Progressive movement inclined itself towards the Soviet-corrupted upper classes and big city political machines of the Northeast–which became a model for Black politics, if only that inconvenient MLK would go away… This necessitated a move away from the Southern populism that characterized the previous Democrat coalition. It was easy to stereotype Southerners as irredeemable racists—-despite the fact that real racists in the South actually regarded Republicans as a bunch of “n-word lovers.” The much less racist Southern sons and daughters of the Eisenhower era, finding themselves excommunicated from all things considered Progressive, found themselves opposed to trade unionism, technocracy, avant-gardism, and machine politics. This made them a natural fit with Republicans.

Sekhmet on March 3, 2013 at 12:29 PM

It basically assumes that whites are the only southern citizens. Perhaps that alone speaks to the continued need for the VRA.

libfreeordie on March 3, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Didn’t you learn anything from leaving NYC and coming to the South?

“Southerners, we are frequently and openly reminded, are stupid. They are slow. They are prone to inbreeding. And most of all, they are hateful racists”

This is reserved for the white rednecks and hilly billies.
Blacks have their own universal label from the liberal stand point.
Sure they are Southern but Black-the victims of Ol’ stupid racists surrounding them-that enslaved them in the 1st place.

Many proud Southern blacks with a long lineage here. Culturally, very close with whites unlike other places in the country I have been. Get out of your uppity classroom more.

And Spinach Chin-right on. Whats next? We will have 100 diff caucuses to cover every “minority group”. CBC is a joke..I would be embarrassed if I was represented by the ship of fools. They rejected LTC West based on the R. I guess its just for blacks they like-ignorant ones.

bazil9 on March 3, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Today Mississippi has more black elected officials — not more per capita, more — than any other state.

And how do they feel about the VRA?

libfreeordie on March 3, 2013 at 12:31 PM

libfreeordie on March 3, 2013 at 11:12 AM

You are an idiot.

And a racist and a race-baiter in your own right. Whatever you have to say on the subject is irrelevant.

Solaratov on March 3, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Like a moth to a flame…you knew libbydie would show up.
He loves all race topic threads..and if they aren’t race related..he makes it one.

bazil9 on March 3, 2013 at 12:38 PM

And how do they feel about the VRA?

libfreeordie on March 3, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Why should their feelings matter in reference to an issue of constitutionality? How they feel is irrelevant to equality under the law. And that is a the major problem with the legal worldview of progressives.

GWB on March 3, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Liveasaslaveanddie must keep racism alive.

If there’s no racism…he loses his victimness – and his claim to “affirmative action”; and would be forced to survive on the fruits of his ‘abilities’ alone.

The poor bugger would starve to death.

Solaratov on March 3, 2013 at 12:56 PM

What it would really take to resolve all the racial problems in this nation would be to hop in the TARDIS and change history, or resurrect a bunch of long-dead people, and drop them in certain neighborhoods to be ripped limb-from-limb.

Both of which are currently impossible.

The Leftist scam goes like this: Convince you that our grievance will be resolved when I give you a pony every day for ten years. As I myself don’t own a single horse, much less 3600 to give to you, that pony thing isn’t looking good. So, by liberal logic, the grievance still stands. Moreover, since I can’t give you a pony, I have to give you my lunch money every day until you are convinced the grievance is resolved—but ponies, remember? Since I cannot give you 3600 ponies in ten years, my great-grandchildren will give your great-grandchildren their lunch money.

Sekhmet on March 3, 2013 at 12:59 PM

but ponies, remember?

Sekhmet on March 3, 2013 at 12:59 PM

A bizarre, yet somehow satisfying, analogy. Well done.

GWB on March 3, 2013 at 1:21 PM

And how do they feel about the VRA?

libfreeordie on March 3, 2013 at 12:31 PM

I wonder if you can see the implied patronizing attitude in your statement at all.

“See we just want to help the poor downtrodden, who cannot possibly ever do it on their own without us”.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on March 3, 2013 at 1:49 PM

I really wish we would get around to dismantling the federal laws that prohibit hiring discrimination — not because racial discrimination in hiring is any kind of good thing, but because the existence of such a law represents a huge intrusion on business owners and is monumental overextention of the national government.

Count to 10 on March 3, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Affimative Action, the Great Society, et al, Welfare, Crazy Checks,
deacades later…we have Detroit and Chicago…..

Meanwhile in Miss, the black voter turnout is greater than Massachusetts

These self loathing white ivory tower idiots will not be happy until they are made slaves…..oh wait…

RAGIN CAJUN on March 3, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Perhaps that alone speaks to the continued need for the VRA.

libfreeordie on March 3, 2013 at 11:12 AM

This is a progressive tactic. Nobody is talking about repealing the entire VRA, just section five which forces a few states to have their redistricting checked by a federal judge. I live in one of those state. Every ten years, it’s the same stupid fight all over again. Either make all fifty states do it or repeal it.

Odysseus on March 3, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Nothing against the great Dr. King, who was on the right side of the track, and a true leader for those who felt repressed to take the appropriate action.

However, those who attack the bible and replace it with the teachings of the Qur’an are trampling Dr. King words today.

Those following Dr. King to Selma, have switched tracks by coping parts of the Qur’an that suggests the Qur’an has given modern Muslims confidence in this theory of corruption.

Let us stay on the right track and avoid the cliff on the left.

MSGTAS on March 4, 2013 at 8:37 AM

Today Mississippi has more black elected officials — not more per capita, more — than any other state.

While this is true, George Will cherry picked his facts to make his case. The reason they have more black elected officials is because they have a higher percentage of blacks than any other state. They also haven’t elected a black official to a statewide position since reconstruction. 46 percent of Mississippi Republican voters believe that interracial marriage should be banned, while only 40 percent believe it should be legal. Not exactly the bastion of racial equality that Will wants us to believe.

I’m not saying that the VRA is still necessary but Will is telling half truths to make his case.

http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/PPP_Release_MS_0407915.pdf

Benaiah on March 4, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Perhaps that alone speaks to the continued need for the VRA.

libfreeordie on March 3, 2013 at 11:12 AM

With the historical party of slavery, racism and segregation in control of the Presidency and the Senate, I’m inclined to agree with you.

dominigan on March 4, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Lew on March 3, 2013 at 11:52 AM

So are you telling me to get used to being maligned and mistreated by the racist democrats just like they did to blacks in the 60’s because I respect the tea party and their genuine conservative view? I think you just chopped down every tree to point out the existence of a forest. I think we’ve all been doing that. I think it’s time we stopped.
The progressives have been using Alinsky’s fine tuned method of the Marcuse’s “repressive tolerance” (today called “political correctness” to remove the stench) for decades now. To shut down any opposing views. To attack the innocent and shame them into silence. And I don’t hold to that.
These low life scum have been using “tolerance by repression” to silence America for too long. Speaking in Feburuary at Orange County’s Repub Central Committee and spoke of confronting this generation’s deep foolishness. He said accusations of racism, homophobia, misogyny only work against good and decent people appalled by such things s. A klansman or nazi is proud of their anti-Semitism and/or racism.
When speaking at a liberal college earlier, Whittle was confronted by a college student dumbed by liberal pop culture (mind you as many of us have been) after his speech. “So you said in you speech you’re against affirmative action,” the kid said.
Bill said, “Yeah I am.”
“So why are you against Affirmative Action?” See? Taking the moral high ground he thought he deserved, being a thinking individual against this bigot.
Bill said, “I’m against affirmative action because I’m not a racist like you are.You’re the one that thinks black kids should be able to get into colleges with a SAT of 650 instead an 800 like a white kid. I don’t believe blacks are stupider than whites. Why are you such a miserable lowlife racist? Why do you have such a low opinion of black people?” Lib teen-0. Bill Whittle-1000.
In my opinion what lost the race for Mitt Romney was the same golden moment I believed would have won it for him. When the left “leaked”(by a lowlife son of useless progressive Jimmy Carter) of Mitt explaining that 47% of Americans did not pay income tax and for the most part not open to conservative republicanism, Romney shied away showing no conviction of belief. And the left rightly devoured him for it.
Had he shown 2 vertebrae suggesting a backbone, he’d have used Obarry’s words against him, low hanging fruit as it was. “Well yes, almost half the country doesn’t mind paying their ‘fare share’ because the other half pays it for them. At every opportunity to raise taxes that 47% will almost unanimously vote yes because as the president puts it, they have ‘NO SKIN IN THE GAME’.
Now how hard was that Lew? Just a little conviction. Not that it would matter to the progressive facist nazi, they slaughtered Mrs. Palin and her entire family and she had more class and conviction in a finger nail than Hillary Clinton ever accumulated in her life time.
I’ll go further, hind sight being much better focused;
Republican debate: “George (Stehpanopocaca) what the hell are you talking about ‘banning contraception’? Everyone here knows you were Clinton’s hatchet man, leaking lies about Bill’s enemies for him, and to this day you’re little else. You’re about as unbiased as a pedophile in a clown suit. Just what are you up to now!?”
I had another one but I gotta go to work. It’s time we confronted these scumbags Lew. Little trolls hopping around our site, “I know what you are but what am I” are just pathetic and probably should just be pitied and ignored. Really too pitiful to ban. But these progressive are unscrupulous, practicing treason as a right, and given enough opportunity, power, (and ammo) I think are very dangerous to the American people.
I’m sorry for the runon but this all looked about commented out. Don’t mean to impose so.

onomo on March 4, 2013 at 2:46 PM