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The truth behind Holder’s push for ‘electoral equality’

posted at 12:49 pm on December 31, 2011 by

“The right to vote is not only the cornerstone of our system of government; it is the lifeblood of our democracy. And no force has proved more powerful—or more integral to the success of the great American experiment—than efforts to expand the franchise.”

That applause line, which could have come from Lyndon Johnson’s remarks on his signing of the Voting Rights Act in August of 1965, was delivered two weeks ago at the library in Austin named for LBJ. The speaker was Attorney General Eric Holder, for whom the year might as well still be 1965.

Despite the presence of a black man in the White House and his own position as the nation’s chief law enforcement officer, Holder insists that the era of Jim Crow in the U.S. is alive and kicking. It is rearing its ugly head, he asserts, in the efforts by states to legitimize elections through the passage of laws that require voters to present a valid form of photo identification.

Holder maintains that these laws disproportionately discriminate against poor blacks and Hispanics, many of whom he notes lack a driver’s license, passport, or other acceptable form of photo ID.

The attorney general is not alone in his view that these measures constitute a latter-day assault on civil liberties. As Jeffrey Kuhner observes in The Washington Times, the NACCP has petitioned the U.N. to declare state voter ID laws human rights abuses. How telling is it of the plight of twenty-first century liberals in pursuit of bogeymen that one once-powerful but now largely irrelevant group would seek help from another?

As for Holder, his role as champion of electoral fairness is embarrassingly unilateral. He was far less protective of “the franchise” in his early days at Justice where one of his first acts was to dismiss out of hand a civil suit against two men accused of voter intimidation. Although the attorney general refuted claims that his decision was based on skin color—both men were members of the New Black Panther party—a former assistant AG swore the move was motivated purely by race, possibly with input from the White House.

Even more revealing of Holder’s true agendum is a report by Judicial Watch that came out the day after his speech at the LBJ Library revealing a coordinated effort between the DOJ Voting Section and former ACORN affiliate Project Vote. Documents obtained via Freedom of Information Act request revealed that Project Vote receives special access to DOJ officials and is even recommending lawyers to work in the Justice Department Voting Section that will oversee the 2012 presidential election.

One might also ask why Holder never bothered to investigate allegations of rampant voter fraud by ACORN in 2008, which included attempts to register a voter named Mickey Mouse in Orlando, Florida, entering a man’s name on the Ohio voter rolls 73 times, and registering 400,000 voters who were dead.

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bho, holder, and team are going to pull every dirty trick they can come up with to see to bho gets re-elected! This is NOT going to be a fun year here in the US for our 2012 election!
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letget on December 31, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Holder is the ultimate weapon Republicans and conservatives have to humiliate and destroy the Obama media and sheep.

All that needs to be done is to flood the zone with facts of what a liar Holder is, what a pathetic fool Obama is, how Obama and Holder have colluded to support racists like the Black Panthers, and how the media supported and endorsed it.

Obama is too stupid to get rid of Holder. And that will be his next downfall.

northdallasthirty on December 31, 2011 at 1:38 PM

i really despise him along with dear leader…

cmsinaz on December 31, 2011 at 1:45 PM

No doubt about it, Holder and boss are,at heart, racists.

jeanie on December 31, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Howard, do you have a link to the information in your last paragraph?

catmman on December 31, 2011 at 3:25 PM

Howard, do you have a link to the information in your last paragraph?

Catmman, yes. The first two allegations are here. The last is from an article of my own. I no longer have a link to my source, but if push came to shove I’m sure I could find it.

Howard Portnoy on December 31, 2011 at 3:52 PM

Howard Portnoy on December 31, 2011 at 3:52 PM

Thanks. Just wanted some fodder for a friend of mine whom I’m kind of ‘debating’ about voter fraud. Sauce for the goose as it were. :)

Thanks again.

catmman on December 31, 2011 at 4:10 PM

Thanks. Just wanted some fodder for a friend of mine whom I’m kind of ‘debating’ about voter fraud. Sauce for the goose as it were.

You bet. Go get ‘em.

Howard Portnoy on December 31, 2011 at 4:20 PM

Hispanics who don’t have a drivers license but drive anyway, poor blacks who have the latest smart phone and plasma TV, but somehow can’t provide a photo ID to vote are favored by a DOJ over the rest of us who have to show our ID to use a credit card, cash a check or board a plane. Yep, that’s the kind of fairness our dear leader expects.

Kissmygrits on January 1, 2012 at 9:42 AM

As Jeffrey Kuhner observes in The Washington Times:

Mr. Holder is a shameless demagogue. He has become the Democratic Party’s new Al Sharpton: Everything is seen through the lens of race. He has refused to prosecute members of the New Black Panther Party, who in the 2008 election stood at a polling booth wielding clubs in a blatant attempt at voter intimidation. Career Justice Department lawyers admitted that Mr. Holder’s policy is not to go after black perpetrators whose victims are white. He insists that Republican criticism leveled at him over Operation Fast and Furious is because of his race – not the obvious fact that, under his watch, thousands of guns were illegally smuggled into Mexico, resulting in hundreds of deaths including a U.S. Border Patrol agent.

Heh, the Democratic Party’s new Al Sharpton.

petefrt on January 1, 2012 at 12:21 PM

It is only hard if you make it

tomas on January 1, 2012 at 9:14 PM

“The right to vote is not only the cornerstone of our system of government; it is the lifeblood of our democracy. And no force has proved more powerful—or more integral to the success of the great American experiment—than efforts to expand the franchise.”

I would say that the 2nd Amendment is the cornerstone to our system of government, since it secures all others… as well explained by our Founders.

Holder maintains that these laws disproportionately discriminate against poor blacks and Hispanics, many of whom he notes lack a driver’s license, passport, or other acceptable form of photo ID.

The same could be said of purchasing a firearm. Does he believe that no ID, nor checks, should be used when purchasing a firearm?

dominigan on January 3, 2012 at 1:13 PM