American Elephants

Playing the Race Card, Encouraging Voter Fraud. by The Elephant's Child


Eric Holder, Attorney General of the United States, last Wednesday, speaking to the Council of Black Churches said: “”In my travels across this country, I’ve heard a consistent drumbeat of concern from citizens, who—often for the first time in their lives—now have reason to believe that we are failing to live up to one of our nation’s most noble ideals,” Voter ID laws and white discrimination, he added, mean that “some of the achievements that defined the civil rights movement now hang in the balance.”

The two most powerful men in America are black, the President and his Attorney General.  The last two Secretaries of State were black. Current CEOs of Fortune 500 companies like Darden Restaurants, Merck & CO, McDonalds, American Express,  TIAA-CREF, and Xerox are black, and other executives are black. Blacks are Governors, Mayors and members of Congress elected by both whites and blacks, in states that were once part of the Confederacy. They are Generals and members of Special Forces, Doctors, famous musicians and movie stars, writers and TV personalities and members of the dreaded 1%—the really rich. So the Attorney General is out suggesting that Jim Crow may be coming back?

The Supreme Court has held that Voter ID laws are not an undue burden under the Voting Rights Act and the Constitution.  You have to show picture ID to get into Attorney General Holder’s Justice Department.  You have to show ID to cash a check, fly on a commercial airplane, even people who never drive can get a picture ID from their state.

The Department of Justice has ordered the State of Florida to end its efforts to remove ineligible voters from the state’s voter rolls. States regularly remove from their voting rolls the deceased, non citizens, felons according to the laws of that state. According to the Miami Herald the department’s lead civil rights Attorney sent the state a detailed letter demanding that the state shut down it pursuit  and those “most likely to face being purged from the rolls” are “independent voters and Democrats.”  But no one is removed from the rolls until they are found to be ineligible.

There are declines in Hispanic voter registration -5% across the country, and black registration in down 7% across the country according to the Census Bureau. This may be due to the economy and people moving, mortgage foreclosures, may lead to relocating. No one has suffered more during this recession than minorities. Justice is filing voting-rights lawsuits to block voter ID laws. Voter eligibility is up to the states. Or some minorities may have lost their enthusiasm for this administration. The Attorney General is using his power to rouse racial antagonism, and that is just sad.

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