On January 8th, 2008, The Reverend typed this....
How can it be explained away? How can the Supreme Court force an issue front and center, especially during a general election year, that IS NOT A PROBLEM IN THE SLIGHEST? The only answer I can come up with is that, once again, the conservative jurists know what's best for America in 2008, just like they did in 2000. And what they know that is best for America, just like in 2000, is that the Republican Party must be aided in whatever way the Supremes can lend a hand.
If the conservative majority rules that voter ID is Constitutional….it will be a declaration of 'open season' for every voter suppression trick in the book, and some that aren't. How the Supremes can rule that a law, which purports to prevent something that isn't happening, is Constitutional, without coming to terms with the pure political posturing of the law itself…..would be a terrible disservice to the nation. But it would help the Republican Party in their efforts to suppress Democratic voters….so I won't be surprised if once again, the Supreme Republican Court, intervenes in a general election season to the advantage of the GOP.
Today....open season begins....
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Monday that states can require voters to produce photo identification without violating their constitutional rights, validating Republican-inspired voter ID laws.
In a splintered 6-3 ruling, the court upheld Indiana's strict photo ID requirement, which Democrats and civil rights groups said would deter poor, older and minority voters from casting ballots. Its backers said it was needed to deter fraud.
It was the most important voting rights case since the Bush v. Gore dispute that sealed the 2000 election for George W. Bush. Link
The people's liberty and justice for all has been overthrown again, this time by a rogue Supreme Court seeking to help the declining Republican Party in their time of need.
There is little history in Indiana of..... in-person voter fraud — of the sort the law was designed to thwart....
....in dissent, Souter said Indiana's voter ID law "threatens to impose nontrivial burdens on the voting rights of tens of thousands of the state's citizens."
No existing problem, no history of voter fraud......doesn't matter.....the Roberts 20th century band of robe wearers rushed to make sure the Republicans could still game the upcoming election.
There can be no other explanation.
The next president weighs in....and demonstrates why he'll be voted in as our next president. He has a real brain....not one clouded all up with some Republican frenzy to disenfranchise voters....
“I am disappointed by today’s Supreme Court decision upholding Indiana’s photo identification law — one of the most restrictive in the nation,” said Obama in a statement. “The right to vote is one of our most privileged rights and important responsibilities as Americans. I filed a brief in the Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of this law because I believe that it places an unfair burden on Indiana residents who are poor, elderly, disabled, or members of minority groups.”
Reality-based thought processes.
And once more on the timing.....it's less than ten days before Indiana voters go to the polls....doesn't anyone see any, like, conflicts of interest on the timing of handing down such a ruling? Add to the timing the fact that blacks and poor voters, most likely voters for Obama, will be affected the most by this ruling....and what do we have? A blatant attempt to rig yet another election cycle for the undemocratic Republicans.
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