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The Political Opinions Of John Liming
Thoughts On The SCOTUS decisions about Voting Rights and Gay Marriage:
A few years ago The United States Congress deemed fit to pass some laws to protect the voting rights of minorities because there were some people in some parts of the country who appeared – - – to me at least – - – to be into dogs and whips and chains and night sticks and fire hoses and there were other people who objected to having these things used against them just because they wanted to be treated like everybody else in this Land of The Free.
I am fairly certain that I did not dream all this because I remember watching some of it on television.
Now that was way back when the Congress didn’t seem to be so obstructed by the radical right and when it looked to me like all the members of congress could sit down and agree on a few things in a bi-partisan way even though they might have some basic differences – - – the congress could still do what it had been elected to do back in those days and there was no need for the SCOTUS to legislate from the bench.
I still wonder sometimes if we might see the day come to America when there is no more Congress and all the governing decisions are made at the SCOTUS level? What are the possibilities of something like that happening here?
Back then – - – in the good old days now gone before – - – the job of the SCOTUS was to look at the laws passed by the Congress and make decisions about whether those laws were Constitutional or not – - – and it looks to me like the SCOTUS must have thought the Civil Rights Laws were Constitutional as Hell for all those years – - – that is maybe until the SCOTUS became a lot more conservative – - – like it is at the present time.
Now let us fast forward to 2012 and remember all the stories about how there were some folks – - – maybe even a lot of folks – - – who wanted to pass all kinds of restrictive voter ID laws and who wanted to make all kinds of changes in the voting laws in their respective states and how those things were reported in all the media as making it harder for minorities and the elderly and students to vote in American elections – - – remember all that?
Well it seems to me that none of those tactics worked too awfully well and we got our first African-American President elected in spite of all the reported shenaniganry that was said to be going on in the election game – - – and when that happened – - – the first thing that I saw was what I viewed as some sweet-faced important-looking man standing in front of television cameras telling me and the rest of the nation that the top-priority agenda item of The Republican Party had suddenly and – - – to my way of thinking – - – inexplicably – - – become making sure that the newly elected President was going to be a one-term president and that they – - – The Republicans – - – would work to make sure he would never get a second term in office.
Of course we all know how that worked out, don’t we?
They kind of got their crap shoved back into their faces when the president was elected for that second term, didn’t they?
And I don’t think they have ever let us forget it either have they?
But I am convinced that someone out there somewhere has always harbored some kind of disappointment in the outcome of the elections of 2008 and 2012 and that they – - – whoever they may be – - – have waited patiently – - – hoping that something might happen that would do something about changing what some of them might have viewed as voting being too easy to do for some people in this country – - – and now I believe their conservative-weighted SCOTUS has accomplished the very thing I think they all have been waiting for and some of them must be wetting their drawers in glee.
I have read reports where the SCOTUS decision had not been made for an hour before some big wigs in some state legislatures ran – - – gasping and panting – - – to implement their heretofore forbidden restrictions on the voting process and I am sure the end result of all that activity will be that selected groups – - – should I say targeted groups – - – will now have a much harder time exercising their supposedly Constitutionally Protected right to vote in American Elections – - – again – - – for the first time since the Civil Rights difficulties of the 50s and 60s.
I am beginning to understand now why it is that some folks in these United States – - – what used to be “United” States anyway – - – look at the radical right wing idiot-ology – - – ideology – - – ideologicality – - – as – - – “Regressive.” I think we just saw the clock turned back by the SCOTUS if you ask me – - – but who is asking me? I am nobody! Why should anybody ask me? I do have opinions however – - – and I can freely express them – - – for the time being anyway! Maybe the SCOTUS will decide to shut dissenters up someday too. Is there a possibility that something like that might happen?
I guess as far as I am concerned the SCOTUS became somebody’s heroes and heroines a couple of times on June 27th – - – they became the heroes and heroines of the pro-Gay-Marriage groups and they became the heroes and heroines of the “Lets Make It Harder For Some People To Vote” groups – - – a win-win for the SCOTUS as I see it!
I am counting my blessings this morning because I still can vote in gerrymandered districts with the full hopes that the weight of conservatism in my district will cancel my vote out entirely.
But I can still go through the motions – - – I can go get my ballot and fill it out and send it in and I guess that is technically casting my vote and I suppose I am satisfied that I can still do that much – - – here in The Land of The Free.
And no government troops have been knocking on doors in my neighborhoods trying to confiscate privately owned guns yet as some of the Right-Tards have been wet dreaming lately – - – so those two things are something positive I guess. I can still go through the motions of voting and if I had a gun I could remain confident that I would be able to keep it.
Well praise the Lord!
One question I have to ask myself is – - – “Is this voting rights thing something that just happened or is it something that someone on the high court has been working toward all their careers and the reason it happened when it did might be because somebody thinks the time is right for one reason or another?
Maybe we will see a lot more Department of Motor Vehicle offices closed down in minority neighborhoods now. Mark your calendars and see if that little prediction occurs or if I am blowing smoke up my own ass with it.
The good thing is that if more DMV offices were to be closed – - – think of the taxpayer money that could be saved so the righties could give more and bigger tax breaks and incentives to their cohorts and cronies up on that high perch where the 1% dwell!
Maybe the DMV should be declared “Unconstitutional” too! – - – I think that in a truly free America anyone who has the money to buy an automobile ought to be free to drive it without the government sticking their noses in and demanding people get driver licenses – - – don’t you?
Yeah – - – good thinking – - – disenfranchise voters and shut down some DMV offices to save taxpayer money so the rich can get a little fatter – - – is that a good move or what?
I have another idea: “How about issuing a valid photo ID to every kid that is born in the USA – - – a lifetime ID that automatically renews every few years to keep up with changing physical appearance – - – and then there would not be any of this bullshit about photo ID for voting. Everyone would already have one! Is that an idea or what?”
Another prognostication I would like to throw into the mix is this: Now that the radicals on the right wing seem to be revealing intent to do whatever it takes – - – is “cheat” an appropriate choice of words? – - – to win elections – - – they might be able to slow the process down and to disenfranchise a few voters but I thoroughly believe that as America awakens to what is happening here there will be more and more people coming out to vote for democrats than ever before just so they can show the rightist they cannot get away with hi-jacking the democratic process for their own political ends.
That is what I think is going to happen because of all this SCOTUS stuff but we will just have to wait and see, won’t we?
Remember when all those folks determined to stand in those long lines to vote in the last election even after some ass wads had done everything in their power to discourage them?
Those voters raised their fists of defiance against the vote suppressors and they determined in their own minds they were going to exercise their freedoms no matter what some would-be oppressor might have to say about it. I thought that was a grand moment for America!
Maybe this recent action by the SCOTUS will actually improve voter turnout for the next round of elections. I am assuming that would be a bitter surprise for some folks and a joy for others! Whadda ya think? That would be a good thing,wouldn’t it?
I would share all this stuff with my Mom – - – but Mom passed away back in the 70s so I guess I am not about to do that am I?
But I still have my loving blog audience and they have been so good to me that I simply can never express my appreciation because that appreciation is really really deep and abiding.
There are a few good thoughts this morning I guess and among those good thoughts is this one – - – At last in The United States – - – for the time being anyway – - – until the SCOTUS changes its balance of power again – - – and becomes a little more liberal – - – sometime down the road – - – until the changes come again the good thought I am thinking right now – - at this very moment – - is that at last ALL Americans are free to marry whoever they love – - – at least in some places – - – not all – - – but some – - – in this Land of The Free.
I think I have an idea that might help this SCOTUS thing a lot and if I am not mistaken the Congress has the power to make my idea happen.
My idea is to make the SCOTUS into a group of 5 conservatives and 5 liberals which would make it into a Ten-Member Body instead of a 9-member group and I think the Congress has the power to do this and I think it would solve a whole heap of problems.
Posted by John on June 27, 2012 at 6:05 AM