Three years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that Southern states like Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana would no longer need to submit every change to their elections to the federal government for pre-approval. This permission-slip restraint was placed on many states as part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act to keep discrimination from popping back up.
But it’s been 50 years since those troubled times, and the Supreme Court recognized that it was no longer fair or constitutional to treat certain states like wayward children.
“What was struck down were the provisions that absurdly treated the South differently,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in an interview with USA Today. “They don’t apply anymore. It’s 50 years later.”
Ah, but it’s always 1965 in the mind of a Democrat. And that’s why some congressional liberals are hoping to restore the provision.
“We cannot allow our voices to be silenced, and we must do whatever it takes to exercise our right to vote,” said Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA), the chairwoman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
Statements like that might make you wonder where in the United States Hispanics and other minorities are being deprived of their right to vote, but we can save you some research; the answer is nowhere.
But since Democrats believe that Hispanics and Blacks are unable to procure legal identification for some reason, they say Voter ID laws are just another form of racial discrimination. Some also believe that illegal immigrants should be allowed to vote – even in national elections. So when you stretch discrimination to such absurd lengths, you can see why Democrats would have a problem with certain election laws.
Whether they actually believe this nonsense or not, well, you can decide for yourself. What they surely believe, however, is that these laws are making it more difficult for them to win elections in the South. Democrats win with voters who can barely figure out how to go to bed at night, much less get a drivers’ license. Any barriers to voting – even commonsense regulations that prevent fraud – must be demolished.
If Democrats found out tomorrow that monkeys were more likely to select their candidates, you can rest assured that we would soon hear about the importance of simian voting rights.
It would not, after all, be significantly more absurd than some of the proposals we’ve heard from them over the last decade.