Inspection- What’s All This Voting Rights Angst About?

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by Ken Carman

 I mean, what’s the problem here? There’s an easy solution to the fact they got rid of the special rules for selective states that admittedly have had a history of denying the voting: especially for African Americans. Of course it has been used for other purposes too, like defending the voting rights of other minorities.
 So what’s all the angst about?
 We were singling out certain states: with plenty of historical justification: true, but as we do know the court is not fond of what it deems violations of The Equal Protection Clause.
 Scratch that: “we do know” the court is not fond of what it deems violations of The Equal Protection Clause that do not suit its radical right wing swing… even if the claim it violates the EPC is bogus and purely partisan driven.
 Just ask Al Gore.
 In truth the Supreme 5 don’t give a flying fardukel for The Equal Protection Clause… except when it comes to very specific cases.
 Don’t “care” about the EPC when rich white conservative neighborhoods get plenty of voting machines, don’t get calls or letters declaring they can vote where they can’t, on different dates… but poor, ethnic, Democratic Party voting districts have intentional problems designed by, get it, those who wish them the op-posite of the best election time: who want deny them the right to vote.
 ”Don’t care” about the fact that “money=speech” means those with mucho money can buy so much speech that what little speech the rest of us have is no longer “free.” So “unfree” it would be like trying to hear a soft mouse squeak over the winds of Jupiter, Neptune, Mars and Saturn combined?
 For those not in the know: that’s well over 2,000 mph.
 You think they’re going to care about states that still have a history of trying to obstruct voters when it’s politically convenient?
 Nah, they don’t give a fat fig about any of that.
 But give them the mega rich spoiled-brat son of a past Republican president who might lose the election if the votes are actually counted and The Equal Protection shield must be held up to protect us from… well, from anyone but their partisan bud getting into office.
 Oh, they do care! How “sweet.” After 8 years of Supreme selection/ignoring anti-voter EPC violations, I’ll bet all those folks who died on 9/11, during Katrina while buses sent to help go anywhere but New Orleans or the two unpaid for wars, would be so impressed.
 If they weren’t dead. But the corporate bud like Halliburton, Blackwater or warlords who got pallet loads of cash and still turned against us, and of course Osama, are.
 Wait. Osama’s dead.
 If they weren’t dead. But the corporate buds like Halliburton, Blackwater, or warlords: who got pallet loads of cash and still turned against us, are impressed and grateful… and of course Osama.
 Osama’s dead.
 Damn “Kenyan-Pinko-fascist-Commie nig…” um, “President” getting in the way of boogeyman politicking.
 Thankfully not one of the Supreme 5 were there to overrule Seal Team 6.
 So now it’s obvious that a law that just singled out certain states got the big, collective, Supreme 5, neo-con middle finger and no longer will do. And you know? I sort of agree. Should never have been written that way, as Ohio and Florida alone have proven. The problem has predictably spread, like a modern voting while Black, or just not politically correct, plague.
 But, like I wrote: I don’t see the problem here. Just rewrite it so every state must apply before any changes, or deviation from obvious fair election practices, are approved: nationwide.  Close down a precinct, kick out everyone but Republican operatives? That’s shouldn’t pass scrutiny. Send the perps off to prison and, if necessary, rerun the election.
 Make voters in certain districts go way out of their way to prove their citizens, but areas that vote more rightward let more of that slide by, make it even easier?
No way in hell.
 Voting machines with proprietary software that can’t be checked by a truly independent source?
 Might as well burn them cause you can’t use them in this country.
 And, you know, maybe: just maybe, for a moment consider having Congress put something special into our laws to place a big exclamation point to all of this. Choose a few most determined to subvert representative form of government: like maybe Karl Rove… if it can be proved his folks were trying to channel votes off to Tennessee to be “scrubbed,” and, once convicted, have them executed as traitors. For that’s what they would be.
 ”Ready, aim…”
 …I don’t see the problem.
 But why do I think many Republicans and the Supreme 5 would?


Inspection is a column that has been written by Ken Carman for over 30 years. Inspection is dedicated to looking at odd angles, under all the rocks and into the unseen cracks and crevasses that constitute the issues and philosophical constructs of our day: places few think, or even dare, to venture.

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