Ninth Amendment to the United States Constitution:
Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution:
“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
Fifteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution:
The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude”
Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution:
“The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”
Twenty-Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution:
“The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President, for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State by reason of failure to pay poll tax or other tax.”
Twenty-Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution:
“The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age.”
The Constitution of the United States is, by its own ratification, the “Supreme Law of the Land”. That fact has apparently gone over the head of the current GOP in America. North Carolina is the most recent state where the GOP has basically taken a dump on the Constitution in the name of ideology. The legislature of North Carolina passed a new, restrictive Voter ID law, HB 589, which was signed into law by their governor this week. “While some will try to make this seem to be controversial, the simple reality is that requiring voters to provide a photo ID when they vote is a common sense idea,” said Governor McCrory. “This new law brings our state in line with a healthy majority of other states throughout the country. This common sense safeguard is common-place.” Given that statement made by the governor when he signed that legislation into law, I am more inclined to believe we are beginning to see the early onset of Apartheid here in the United States.
Apartheid is a word from the Afrikaans language that means “the state of being apart”. Unlike South Africa’s version which was race based, the American version is one that will be financially based. People are trying to portray this flurry of Voter ID laws as necessary to combat voter fraud. That’s a bunch of fresh, steaming, straight out of the colon, bovine fecal matter since the only type of voter fraud that can and will be stopped by in person ID laws will be voter impersonation. As I posted earlier here and on almost every blog that I’ve ever engaged dialogue, “Since 2000, a time when 146 million Americans were registered to vote, News21 found 10 cases of in-person voter fraud, which only photo ID laws would prevent. That would be about one case for every 15 million eligible voters”. In other words, these laws will stop fraud with about the same chances as we have of winning the lottery.
These laws are part of a coordinated effort of the group ALEC to shape legislation in order for the GOP to maintain their power in office. As our population diversifies and matures, the GOP’s base is dwindling. Even GOP Senator Lindsey Graham is on record for stating “We’re not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long-term.” By limiting the vote for those who would largely vote in line with the Democratic Party, the GOP hope to maintain their power base and control of governmental operation in states and likely the country far longer than they would in open and honest elections. The beneficiaries of GOP control are the businesses and people who profit from the “less regulation” and “free market” ideals that the GOP espouse. Those terms are nothing more than code for “I’ll let you pad your pockets at the expense of the people and the country as a whole.”
You would think that the GOP would not stoop to such crap, but when your policy and governing principle is non-existent, there’s very few other alternatives to maintain your power and control. The party that claims to be “patriots”, “proud Americans” and “defenders of the Constitution” are nothing but snake oil salesmen who use their sloganeering as a means of social engineering to get people to vote against their best interests time and time again. A much better way to maintain that power and control would be to actually govern effectively to ensure the functionality and sustainability of our country. I’d wager that any party governing effectively would see positive results of their efforts without having to resort to gimmickry or shenanigans to maintain office.
If the GOP were really all about defending and upholding the Constitution, they would be doing the opposite in regards to voting. They would be working hard as hell to ensure that all Americans had equal access to the ballot. There would be automatic institution of voting rights once a felon completes their entire sentence instead of making it harder for them to vote after they’ve completed their punishment for their crimes like Gov. Scott did recently in Florida.
As the amendments above show, there is a valid claim to be made that Americans have a right to vote. That’s one right that the GOP and their supporters seem to have no problem with pissing on. In reality, some of their mouthpieces don’t defend the Constitution as much as they defend the parts and pieces of the Constitution in which they agree with.
Will this time in our history be remembered as the early onset period of American Apartheid? Only time will tell.
- 92-year-old black woman sues just hours after North Carolina gov. signs voter ID law (rawstory.com)
- A Decision That Cannot Be Defended (lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com)
- Activists Rally Around Rosa Nell Eaton as NC Voter ID Becomes Law (colorlines.com)