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Forward to 1965

From Wikipedia: “The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is a landmark piece of national legislation in the United States that outlawed discriminatory voting practices that had been responsible for the widespread disenfranchisement of African Americans in the U.S.”

“Echoing the language of the 15th Amendment, the Act prohibits states from imposing any “voting qualification or prerequisite to voting, or standard, practice, or procedure … to deny or abridge the right of any citizen of the United States to vote on account of race or color.”Specifically, Congress intended the Act to outlaw the practice of requiring otherwise qualified voters to pass literacy tests in order to register to vote, a principal means by which Southern states had prevented African-Americans from exercising the franchise. The Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, a Democrat, who had earlier signed the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law.”

It was introduced in the Senate by Mike Mansfield (Democrat from Montana) and Everett Dirkson (Republican from Illinois).  It passed 77-19, and over the years, was very successful.  It did what it was designed to do — allow all American citizens to vote without regard to race or color.

OK, now we are in the year 2012.  Guess what?  The Texas Republican party, as a part of their platform states, “We urge that the Voter Rights Act of 1965 be repealed.”

Well, that’s Texas.  Let’s look at Candidate Romney.  It is difficult to know where he stands on anything.  Truth be told, even if we did know, there is no guarantee that congress would go along with him.  We are, after all, electing a president, not a dictator.  President Obama tried to do a lot but congress rejected almost everything.  One thing that Romney COULD do is to try to get that statement out of the Texas Republican platform.  My guess is that if he insisted that it be removed, it WOULD be removed.  It looks bad! Will he try?  Don’t hold your breath.

Ref: Tribune of the People

Ref: Think Progress

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One comment on “Forward to 1965

  1. “Let’s look at Candidate Romney. It is difficult to know where he stands on anything.”

    Well given his fluttering stances on every issue and the general GOP strategy to do anything to get elected… I’d say they would be fine with repealing it too.

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