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According to a new report by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, “[n]ew voting restrictions developed since 2010 are slated to be in place in 22 states this November.”

The Republican Party have rolled back voting with a whole range of tactics from requiring identification to shortening the time to vote. Many of these states were long covered by the Voting Rights Act passed in 1965 to remedy 100 years of states denying the right to vote to people of color.

Limiting the franchise, limiting the right to vote is the most fundamental obstruction of democracy and certainly one of the most un-American things imaginable.

But not the only. This Supreme Court has allowed states to disenfranchise their own people, has equated money to free speech and corporations to people, and opened up the floodgates to unmitigated big money.

All three of these democratic assaults were committed by this John Roberts Supreme Court.

This has to be the worst and most harmful Supreme Court since the Roger Taney Court handed down the Dred Scott Decision in the 1850′s ruling that a Free Black person could be returned to slavery just by stepping foot in a slave state.

We’ve gone to war, killed millions allegedly to protect democracy and freedom and now the United States refuses to protect democracy in our own country.

We have no business ever again using democracy or freedom as an excuse to invade another country.

The radical right-wing has turned America into a lie.

And some asshole on Fake Fox News will call me an extremist.

Image source: Brennan Center For Justice

Originally posted to StewartAcuff on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 07:52 AM PDT.

Also republished by Shamrock American Kossacks, Protest Music, and Team DFH.

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  •  A Dramatic Illustration of our Private Sector Natl (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Rithmck, rebel ga

    government's growing strength as power begins to shift from DC to Kansas.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 07:57:51 AM PDT

  •  Obama 2012 Inaugural......We gotta do something (0+ / 0-)

    about that.

  •  Is there a table (2+ / 0-)
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    rebel ga, Be Skeptical

    Of exactly (or approximately) what restrictions apply in each state?

  •  Diarist, why do you hate our freedoms? (0+ / 0-)

    (Primarily our freedom to stop non-rich whites from voting).

  •  The evil framers wanted it this way; America (1+ / 0-)
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    rebel ga

    for rich men only. Everyone else is a commodity to be exploited.

    They created the framework for exclusion. Roberts' Court is worse than the Dred Scott court. They should know better but he works for white male supremacy.

    I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

    by a2nite on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 08:14:27 AM PDT

  •  It would cost less than invading Iraq again (0+ / 0-)

    In Mexico, they give everybody free photo voter ID.

    But then you have to show that ID when you vote.

    "states like VT and ID are not 'real america'" -icemilkcoffee

    by Utahrd on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 11:17:45 AM PDT

  •  Rhode Island? New Hampshire? (0+ / 0-)

    Wikipedia says that Rhode Island has Democratic supermajorities in both legislative bodies.

    New Hampshire's senate is 13-11 Republican but the house is Democratic.

    "states like VT and ID are not 'real america'" -icemilkcoffee

    by Utahrd on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 11:21:07 AM PDT

  •  Rec'd, Tipped And Re-Published. (0+ / 0-)

    Brought To You By That Crazed Sociologist/Media Fanatic rebel ga Be The Change You Want To See In The World! Gandhi

    by rebel ga on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 11:39:20 AM PDT

  •  This is an actual case of (0+ / 0-)

    ELECTION FRAUD!

  •  Exactly what the Roberts Court wanted. (0+ / 0-)

    Exactly what the Roberts Court wanted.

  •  22 States Have Restricted Voting Rights (2+ / 0-)
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    QBee59, jcfclark

    THE "RIGHT TO VOTE" IS MENTIONED MORE TIMES IN THE U. S. CONSTITUTION THAN ANY OTHER ISSUE.

    SPENDING MONEY IS NOT FREEDOM OF SPEECH.  CORPORATIONS ARE NOT PEOPLE.  IF THEY WERE THEY WOULD HAVE TO PAY THE SAME FEDERAL INCOME TAX RATES THAT INDIVIDUALS DO.  PEOPLE OR INDIVIDUALS SHOULD BE DEFINED AS A MEMBER OF THE HOMO-SAPIENT SPECIES.

  •  It's reasonable to ask for ID when voting. (6+ / 0-)

    But it's way out of line to make it difficult for people to obtain such an ID.  And then there is the racist undercurrent in all of this.  After all, we can't have "them" voting.  What's next?  People have given their lives so that we all would have the right to vote.  In this area I believe that states should not make individual laws about who and who may not vote.  This should be an entirely Federal matter since we are citizens of one country.  There are some things which should not be a matter of "states' rights".

  •  The Roberts Court is undoubtedly (4+ / 0-)

    the worst SCOTUS in the history of this country. It is steadily stripping away all rights of regular citizens. It is the second edge in a scissor attack by the New Fascists (Corporatist GOP Tea Party 1% Boot-lickers) to take this country completely away from the citizenry and make us slaves (Serfs if you prefer) to the corporations and Uber-rich. The second edge is comprised of all GOP legislators, whatever level of government they currently occupy.

    It is imperative that voters Stop putting Republicans of any sort (and I include Blue Dogs in that category) into any office in the land. It is especially important that this be the case in the White House. Surely, eventually (and hopefully before they complete the Burning of the Constitutional Rights of the Citizens of this country), some (hopefully all) of the Traitorous Five who consistently destroy our hard won freedoms will pass away or retire to count their millions in rewards for the evil deeds they have committed. At that point a non-Republican President (I'm still waiting for a true Progressive in that position) will appoint Progressive Justices and the repairs to the damage done can begin.

    There should be a mechanism by which a destructive Court can be dissolved and new Justices appointed.

    Always Vote Progressive! Is there really any need to point to why?

    "If none of us ever read a book that was 'dangerous,' had a friend who was 'different,' or joined an organization that advocated 'change,' we would all be just the kind of people Joe McCarthy wants." - Edward R. Murrow

    •  Don't just point your finger at the right wing (2+ / 0-)
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      jcfclark, NewRomeIsBurning

      Most of our elected Democrats are whoring at the corporate trough as well. The tone is set right from the top down, with Obama's sneaky removal or the public option that he swore would be a key component of Obamacare to pushing for the Keystone XL and the ongoing war profiteering during our "Peace President's" administration.

      I wish the plutocracy was only working through Republicans, but until some banksters are in jail, the rich will continue buying off our Democrats.

    •  No, the Roberts Court isn't yet as bad as the F... (1+ / 0-)
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      bobcat41702

      No, the Roberts Court isn't yet as bad as the Fuller Court, which gave us such fantastic gems as Plessy v. Ferguson (equal but separate), Pembina Consolidated v. Pennsylvania (corporations are persons under the law), and Lochner v. New York (liberty of contract trumps state power to protect general welfare or health of citizens). But they're getting closer with each decision, it seems.

  •  At last a reason to be proud of Michigan (0+ / 0-)

    I realize that our "leaders" probably didn't think it was necessary, after all we have a LOT of idiots in Michigan, but I will grasp gladly at this one straw of hope.

  •  Just one more political embarrassment for Wisconsn (0+ / 0-)

    Advocating for things that help the middle class, and against things that don't.

    by BaldEagle on Tue Jun 24, 2014 at 03:14:23 PM PDT

    •  Wisconsin Should Be A Different Shade (1+ / 0-)
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      Rita5018

      Voter ID has been blocked by the courts.  The Kochsucker in the governor's mansion also wants to restrict early voting and eliminate same-day registration, but the courts won't let him.  All of the proposed voting restrictions are on hold.

      I am a Wisconsin poll worker, and we only used voter ID in one election (February of 2011).  I just completed my training for the current year, and none of the voter suppression policies are in place for this year.

  •  How do you define voter fraud? (0+ / 0-)

    WI Republican, Robert Monroe, voting 12 times in 2011 and 2012, 7 times in recall of Scott Walker and Alberta Darling.  However, he can't remember doing this.

    Wisconsin officials say it’s the worst case of multiple voting
    in memory.

  •  Since when is a driver's license not real ID? (1+ / 0-)
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    NewRomeIsBurning

    There's the electoral list, and you show up with one of your normal everyday pieces of ID and they hand you a ballot and cross you off the list.  Works really well here in Québec.

  •  Voting (0+ / 0-)

    Everyone should be challenged in a court of law.

  •  Time for people to line up to vote (2+ / 0-)
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    NewRomeIsBurning, bobcat41702

    And not leave until either they have voted or have been arrested just for being there.  It will only start changing when people start having criminal records just for insisting on their right to vote.

  •  Voter Supression (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    NewRomeIsBurning

    WONDERFUL points on this national GOP political HERESY!  

  •  One has to wonder ... (1+ / 0-)
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    bobcat41702

    ... how many of our returning veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will be disenfranchised by the new laws in their home states.

    Thanks a bunch for defending OUR freedom, guys ... now, about YOURS ...

    OF COURSE the New Right is wrong - but that doesn't make WRONG the new RIGHT!

    by mstaggerlee on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 11:06:27 AM PDT

  •  The Voting Rights Act (1+ / 0-)
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    bobcat41702

    The Voting Rights Act should be expanded to include Northern states.  Look at that map!  A lot of voter suppression is happening in states that were never subject to review by the federal Department of Justice under the old VRA.  Southern conservatives say that the VRA unfairly targets them today.  I agree, but that's no excuse to weaken it.  Let's expand the VRA and subject the voting regulations of every state and territory in the country to review by the Justice Department.

  •  Another Stolen Election coming (0+ / 0-)

    The radical right-wing has turned America into a lie.

    And some asshole on Fake Fox News will call me an extremist.

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