No matter what Texas red’s US Senators may tell you, “Last year, a federal court in Washington, D.C., found that Texas lawmakers intentionally discriminated against minorities in drawing political maps and that the state’s voter ID law would disenfranchise minority voters. But the Supreme Court decision throwing out part of the Voting Rights Act removed the power of that court to stop those measures from going into effect.”
That should come as no surprise if you are even remotely, marginally connected to reality.
Texas red and this nation have a long, long history of racial discrimination, bias, bigotry, oppression and xenophobia. It’s just that Texas red, among the rest of the slave-state legacy South is the poster child for those great “American Values.”
If those in power in Texas red had no fear of equality they wouldn’t be fighting so hard to exert their influence to deny it to Blacks, Hispanics, women, homosexuals and other minorities.
For that reason the US Attorney General concludes that “Based on the evidence of intentional racial discrimination that was presented last year in the redistricting case, Texas v. Holder – as well as the history of pervasive voting-related discrimination against racial minorities that the Supreme Court itself has recognized – we believe that the State of Texas should be required to go through a preclearance process whenever it changes its voting laws and practices,” Holder said in his speech.
Yesterday listening to NPR I heard earnest reporters discussing just how much Tunisia and Egypt’s efforts at “democracy” had in common. I couldn’t help thinking Tunisia and Egypt have just as much in common with the “struggle for democracy” such-as-it-is in the US.
At least Tunisia and Egypt have the excuse that their respective efforts at “democracy” are in their infancy.
It’s all about a struggle for power. The real power has always been with those who are part and parcel of the Wholly Trinity, i.e. the collective power and influence of governance, big business and organized religion and not necessarily in that order over the masses.
At times the uneasy alliance among those three power brokers tilts in favor of one or another.
In the case of US business, capitalist extremists, have and have had an unhealthy and disproportionate amount of influence and power that those capitalist extremists exert over those in “governance.” In essence Wall Street and the one-percent have what is left of any sense of “democracy” in the US in a choke-hold, perhaps a death-grip.
If you have doubts about that assessment a quick review of recent headlines should disabuse you of several notions including the idea that you have any type of real “freedoms” “rights” or “liberties.”
So when Texas red’s president wannabe governor says that the US Attorney General is doing an “end-run” around the Supreme Court ruling what the governor is exposing is the reality of the intentions of those in Texas red’s power elite.
The governor and his misogynist control-freak entourage know all about doing “end-runs” around Supreme Court decisions. It’s exactly what he’s been doing to Roe vs. Wade.
Just as in Roe vs Wade the Right is chafing at the constraints of not being able to foist their own views on everyone in the state. They cannot suffer any notion of equal protection of the law. Equal protection of the law is not “democracy” it is the protection of law under a republic.
The misanthropic Right have as they have always had a great deal of influence over every sector of public and private life in this nation.
Myths are created by the Wholly Trinity to spin the ugly facts of reality into make believe ideal states. But when those in power are cut to the quick, and vulnerable underbellies are exposed, the façade is lifted and the snarling animal lunges. This is not so much from vulnerability as from anger at having the veil pulled back to expose the ugliness of the beast to those the Wholly Trinity has lulled into a false sense of security.
It turns out that even the dystopia depicted by futuristic writers was likely the optimistic version of reality.
From Texas Red: a cratered landscape of for profit prisons, deplorable apartheid public education, lack of healthcare and politicians and majority population intent on keeping it that way…