Ending voter suppression is the Progressive's path to victory. It always was. I'm with Rev. Barber on this one.

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Comment by JMac1949 Today on June 27, 2017 at 7:01am

The Good Reverend is dead on right.  Republican gerrymandering, voter ID and other election restrictions run rampant in Red states like Texas.  My hometown of Pasadena is a poster child for this grotesque prejudice: Federal Judge Rules Pasadena Infringed On Latino Voting Rights, Ord...

It may be inbreeding because little has changed since the early 1960's.  I quit the student council at Sam Rayburn High in 1966 because of their unconstitutional poll tax. Check out my Memories post: 1966: First Day of School! Poll Tax?? Unanimous Repeal??? - might get an ironic chuckle or two.

Comment by Rodney Roe on June 27, 2017 at 8:12am

The Reverend may have been using a bit of hyperbole here; both are important.  We need not to forget voter suppression.

The special election runoff in Georgia for the sixth district resulted in confusion by voters - mostly black - who showed up to vote and found that they had been gerrymandered out of the sixth district making it even whiter, more affluent and more conservative.  Ossoff lost even though the district nearly voted against Trump.

On the other hand, manipulation of the entire political process by Russia has the effect of disillusioning everyone's belief in democracy.

Comment by koshersalaami on June 27, 2017 at 8:56am


You're forgetting your own writing here. What's wrong with this is that Russian hacking was probably based on supporting voter suppression by screwing up registration. 

Comment by Ron Powell on June 28, 2017 at 5:09am

Re American democracy and black voting rights, the destructive damage was done with the ratification and adoptiin of the Constitution:
"The Three-Fifths Compromise was a compromise reached between delegates from southern states and those from northern states during the 1787 United States Constitutional Convention. The debate was over whether, and if so, how, slaves would be counted when determining a state's total population for legislative representation and taxing purposes. The issue was important, as this population number would then be used to determine the number of seats that the state would have in the United States House of Representatives for the next ten years. The effect was to give the southern states a third more seats in Congress and a third more electoral votes than if slaves had been ignored, but fewer than if slaves and free persons had been counted equally, allowing the slaveholder interests to largely dominate the government of the United States until 1861. The compromise was proposed by delegates James Wilson and Roger Sherman."


The Three-Fifths Compromise is found in Article 1, Section 2, Paragraph 3 of theUnited States Constitution, which reads:

"Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons."

Comment by MV Neland on June 28, 2017 at 1:45pm

@Rodney Roe - yes, hyperbole...and two good reasons leap to my mind - 1) he doesn't want the historical fact of voter suppression against blacks, long ignored, to get lost in the realization of Russian electioneering using the same methods, only now becoming recognized by our electorial guardians because said suppression effected the outcome for white voters, too, this time on such a large scale, and 2) very likely the racists roots of voter suppresion will NOT be considered in the drafting of a cure. It will be argued that greater oversight will dissuade ALL instances of voter suprression. It will not as long as the root is ignored andcwill creep back. So, while the Russians came in through an unlocked door that allowed the GOP to fix races in their favor, black voter suppression chronically existed before...and the good Reverend believes, if not accepted as a separate issue, will continue to exist afterwards. The GOP already has countless bills waiting to reach state floors that will make it even harder for blacks to vote. It's nit go

Comment by MV Neland on June 28, 2017 at 2:45pm

...con't @ Rodney Roe - ...It's not going away.

And, your crucial point about Russia creating overall  "disillusionment" in our elections means to me  that every American voter risks suffering a similar experience to black voters, which creates an even larger pool of people who feel that their vote doesn't count! 

@koshersalasmi - naw, just an emphasis i hope to remember black voter suppression when all this Rooskie stuff is gone.

@Terry McKenna - so, that would make it that much easier for the GOP to convince their own constituents as to why they need to make it harder for Dems to vote. The meme for all occasions.

@Ron Powell - you reveal the rotted root.

@JMac 1949 Today - such head-shaking stories. Wasn't it Texas that measured men's hair length at the polls to keep liberal hippies from voting? Too long and you got turned away!

@everyone. Thank you for your very thoughtful posts. It's hard, in the end, to separate out which instance of this poisonous corruption is the most dangerous. They are all the same fruit from the same tree.  


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