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8-17-05 Extension of Voting Rights Act Should Apply Nationwide

As long as Activists scream discrimination and show arrogance toward white southerners, the national Democrats will never win this region and most probably the nation.   It is not because of racism but because of the arrogance and hypocrisy of those who seek publicity at the expense of a sizable segment of Americans.

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August 13, 2005

 

Extension of Voting Rights Act Should Apply Nationwide

 

By Wendell Dawson, Editor, AVOC, Inc.

 

Contradictions and hypocrisy in our nation never ceases to amaze me.  Activists and left-wing folks have made “racism” such a loud cry for almost everything that logic and common sense are thrown to the winds.

 

Forty years after the passage of the Voting Rights Act, we still consider Southern States as “conquered territory”.   These states have to get Justice Department pre-clearance of all changes affecting voting policies, rules and scheduling.   The reasoning is based on somebody’s determination long ago that all Southern States have a history of voter discrimination.   That is just plain incorrect and wrong. 

 

There were many injustices- and not just in the south.  However, in the last forty years, several generations of integrated student bodies have come and gone.   Many blacks hold office and can also demonstrate they can be racist and discriminatory- as with the monstrous redistricting they helped foist on Georgians in 2000.

 

Voting rights pre-clearance should apply to all states, if any.  That is the American way.   I am one Southerner who is tired and weary of the arrogance of a few Northern Officials and “Civil Rights Leaders” toward my native state and region.

 

While present day revisionists like to brand all Southerners who opposed the Voting Rights as racists, the full story is not told.  Many felt the pre-clearance applicable only to Southern States was a slap in the face for all decent and law-abiding Southerners.   Senator Robert Byrd opposed the Act.  The Leftists like to quote him bashing the President so why don’t they ask him why he opposed the Act.

 

As long as the Activists scream discrimination and show arrogance toward white southerners, the national Democrats will never win this region and most probably the nation.   It is not because of racism but because of the arrogance and hypocrisy of those who seek publicity at the expense of a sizable segment of Americans.


8-11-05 Georgia Voter ID Law Is  Not Bad- National Critics Notwithstanding

 

The Jackson Herald

http://www.mainstreetnews.com/2005/August/J0810K.html

August 10, 2005                     EDITORIAL

 

Voter ID law is just common sense


You show it when you cash a check. You show it when you buy a beer. You show it when you go through the airport.


So what’s the big deal about showing a photo ID before voting?


To hear some complain, you’d think Georgia has re-enacted the old Jim Crow laws. Somehow, having to show a photo ID to vote has become the latest “evidence” of racism in Georgia.


Nonsense.


Those who see racism behind the Georgia voter ID law are not unlike their ideological opposites of the 1950s who saw a communist behind every tree — both needed “enemies,” real or imaginary, as a foil to further their own bigoted cause.


In Georgia, the voter ID law controversy is an imaginary problem and only exists in the minds of those who seek to further their own narrow racial agenda.


Where were those contrite voices of “civil rights” when the former Georgia Legislature, under their Democratic leadership, connived to reapportion Georgia through racial gerrymandering? It was an obscene act eventually overturned by the federal courts, but those so-called “civil rights” leaders spoke nary a word against it.


The new requirement in Georgia to have voters show a photo ID before voting is no big deal. It’s just common sense to make sure those who vote are who they claim to be.


And the fiery rhetoric against the law is little more than hot air coming from a bunch of rocking-chair warriors refighting battles that were decided decades ago.


8-6-05 Marchers for Voting Rights in Atlanta

 

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/atlanta/0805/06premarch.html

 

August 6, 2005

 

Marchers commemorate '65 Voting Rights Act

 

 Joey Ivansco/AJC Jesse Jackson and U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) lead the 'Keep the Vote Alive' march down Martin Luther King Jr. Drive on Saturday.

 

 Activist Dick Gregory (left) greets Sen. Dick Durban (D-Ill.) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

Under a hazy sky, rising temperatures and heavy security, hundreds of marchers made a trek down Martin Luther King Jr. Drive to push for extension of key provisions of the 1965 Voters Rights Act…

The colorful throng of marchers filled the area in front of the Richard B. Russell federal building at Spring Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and stretched in two directions: north on Spring and east on MLK into the heart of downtown Atlanta.

The Rev. Jessie Jackson and U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Atlanta) arrived and were swarmed by supporters. Jackson and the Rev. Joseph Lowery started the march with a short speech and chants of encouragement.

"We come here today, at the end of 40 years, to complete a new journey," said Lowery, who spoke about the irony of American troops fighting in Iraq for the right of Iraqis to vote. "We come here today to ask America: Who are you? America's soul is in peril."…….

Opponents of the special sections, which primarily target Southern states and require they get Justice Department clearance before changing voting procedures or boundaries of political districts, say those provisions are no longer needed given the increase in blacks' political power and number of black elected officials…………

While several provisions of the Voting Rights Act are up for reauthorization, the one most likely to spark controversy is Section 5. It requires nine states — including Georgia — and parts of seven others, each with a long history of discrimination at the ballot box before 1965, to get the approval of the federal government before enacting any changes in their electoral laws. That includes alterations in the boundaries of congressional districts and moving a polling station.

One of the most contentious new laws civil rights leaders are targeting is Georgia's new requirement that voters present valid ID before casting ballots. Critics say the new law is designed to discourage blacks from going to the polls, while supporters say the ID will help fight voter fraud……


8-11-05 Activists Stuck in 1965

 

Atlanta Business Chronicle

http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/stories/2005/08/08/editorial1.html

 

August 5, 2005           OPINION

 

(Jesse) Jackson is stuck in 1965

 

By Dick Williams

By now we've all heard this weekend's marching and chanting over extension of provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The Rev. Jesse Jackson and the usual suspects are using Georgia as a rallying point because of the General Assembly's passage of a bill requiring a photo ID to vote.

"A poll tax," liberals are calling it, because the state charges a fee to produce a photo ID or a driver's license.

The aged and the infirm are in the spotlight because they are used to being transported to the polls but don't have a ride to the DMV.

Georgia's tighter restrictions on voting are being used by liberal Democrats to gain support for another 25-year extension of the provisions that require a few states to submit any changes in voting laws, district lines and the like to the U.S. Justice Department for approval.

The Voting Rights Act was needed desperately 40 years ago. The Southern states it aimed at had earned the federal hammer by preventing blacks from voting. But at what point is the South absolved?

In fact, testimony before the General Assembly suggested that the problem in Georgia is not a gaggle of racists preventing blacks from voting but a pattern of manipulation of the voting rolls through false addresses and the like.

Just this week in Washington, the American Center for Voting Rights Legislative Fund concluded a national study of last year's election alleging that paid Democratic operatives were far more involved in voter intimidation and suppression than were Republicans. The group alleged voter registration fraud in more than a dozen states.

The American Center recommended what it called common-sense solutions. Yes, it recommended requiring photo IDs. That's a solution to which 80 percent of Americans polled agree time after time. Among Democrats, almost 70 percent support photo IDs.

In Georgia, a one-sided picture of the photo ID issue has emerged. First, there is that matter of a "poll tax." The Georgia law specifically grants a free photo ID to the indigent.

Critics also have scoffed that while the law tightens election-day procedures it does nothing to prevent absentee ballot abuse. …….

But an absentee ballot has a paper trail. A successful challenge to an illegal ballot can strike it……..

Given the overwhelming measure of support for photo IDs, Democrats are making a mistake. They may push a craven Congress into extending the provisions of the Voting Rights Act and keeping much of the law in the hands of unelected career bureaucrats in Washington, but they will pay a political price for ignoring the evidence of fraud and getting crossways with the vast majority of Americans.

Williams is publisher of the Crier Newspapers and host of "The Georgia Gang" on WAGA-TV (Channel 5).


 

GOP.Com

http://www.gop.com/News/Read.aspx?ID=5712

 

 August 11, 2005

 

Voter Fraud and Intimidation

The American Center for Voting Rights Legislative Fund (ACVR Legislative Fund), a non-partisan, non-profit organization has released a new report documenting how thousands of Americans were disenfranchised during the 2004 elections because paid Democrat operatives were heavily involved in voter intimidation and suppression.

A few of examples include:

·         Coordinated efforts by certain "non-partisan" organizations to disrupt the election process in at least 12 states through voter registration fraud

·         Democrat operatives convicted for tire-slashing on GOP election day vans in Milwaukee

·         An Ohio court order stopping Democrat operatives from calling Republican voters telling them the wrong date for the election, and location for polling places

The report also indicated that the following were the top 5 "hot spots" in the nation for voter fraud:

1. Philadelphia, PA
2. Milwaukee, WI
3. Seattle, WA
4. St. Louis, MO/East St. Louis, IL
5. Cleveland, OH


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/atlanta/0805/04clinton.html

 

August 4, 2005

 

Clinton, in Atlanta, defends Voting Rights Act

 

By Add Seymour, Jr.

Former President Bill Clinton spoke in defense of the Voting Rights Act in an appearance before the National Association of Black Journalists in Atlanta Wednesday.

He entered the stage at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta hotel to loud, enthusiastic applause, and quickly began talking about the Voting Rights Act and the reluctance in Washington to extend portions of the act affecting minorities.

"I think the right to vote is in danger," Clinton said.

"It's wrong. It's un-American."

Clinton also spoke of the need to tackle obesity, particularly among youth, the need to prevent the further spread of AIDS throughout the world, and the availability of money to provide AIDS medicines throughout the world…….

Asked why he never issued an apology for slavery, Clinton said that with the work he was doing on behalf of African-Americans, "I don't think it ever occurred to me to apologize for slavery."

He said while it is a good idea, there needs to be an effort to make sure there is "a consistent level of conduct in the present."………


8-3-05 Renewing Voting Rights Act

 

The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/08/02/AR2005080201375.html

 

August 2, 2005

 

Gonzales: US to work on renewing Voting Rights Act

 

By Deborah Charles

 

Reuters

 

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The Bush administration will work to extend the 1965 Voting Rights Act, passed 40 years ago at the height of the civil rights movement to guarantee the right to vote to blacks, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said on Tuesday.

 

In a speech marking the anniversary of the landmark legislation, Gonzales indicated the administration would support renewal of parts of the act that expire in 2007 but give no details.

 

Speaking at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, which houses the papers of the president who signed the act, Gonzales said President Bush "is committed to the basic ideals embodied in this legislation."

"The Voting Rights Act has been enormously successful, but our work is never complete," he said. "For this reason, this administration looks forward to working with Congress on the reauthorization of this important legislation."

 

Parts of the act -- including a provision that forces a number of mostly Southern states and counties to get pre-approval from Washington before changing voting times, places or methods -- are set to expire in 2007 unless reauthorized by the federal government.

 

Gonzales would not give any details on whether the administration would support all expiring parts of the legislation or if it planned to suggest any changes.

 

"The basic protections do not expire," he said in an interview with Reuters after the speech.

 

ACT RENEWED THREE TIMES BEFORE

 

Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act shortly after black civil rights marchers were savagely beaten in Selma, Alabama. The law was designed mainly to eliminate the discriminatory voting practices that were endemic in then-segregated Southern states.

 

The act has been renewed three times since then with more protections for other minorities added.

 

Although the 15th Amendment to the Constitution guarantees the right to vote, the Voting Rights Act helps secure that right by implementing certain requirements, such as one that forbids states with a history of racial discrimination from changing their voting laws without approval of the U.S. Department of Justice.

 

Until its passage, Alabama, Mississippi and some other states in the South were able to deter blacks from registering to vote through the use of literacy tests and other methods.

 

Last week, civil rights activists including former Democratic presidential candidate Jesse Jackson urged the Bush administration to renew the expiring provisions, claiming it was necessary to prevent a return to widespread discrimination.

 

They said voting discrimination continues, 40 years after the violence in Selma……..


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