I know that I am about to get a lot of anger over what I’m about to say. I think it is time to get rid of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, or at least substantial parts like requiring Southern states to submit their redistricting plans to the Federal Government in order to get them approved.
Have you gone apoplectic with rage yet?
What we need is a national effort and national laws that stop all voter suppression and gerrymandering across the country. Whether we like it or not, the Voting Rights Act is the product of another era. In our current era, it meant that Pennsylvania could get away with voter suppression, but not North Carolina.
It’s time to end all voter suppression in the United States.
The Right believes that they do not have to come up with a decent plan to sell the United States voters because they are right. They do not have to come up with a coherent plan. Instead, they can and do suppress the vote by making it harder for the lower classes to vote at all. Some ideas from the Right are good, up to a point, and that point is usually where they stop people from voting. Take voter ID laws. I’s a great idea, but only if it is tied to a free national identification card.
As a nation, we need to have a discussion about voting and voting rights. The problem is that we won’t have it because we’re too uncomfortable to have it. So, let’s start talking about it.