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October 25, 2014

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letter to the editor:

The tide is turning against the GOP

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and his cohorts have done it again. When their ruling in the Citizens United case wasn’t sufficient to buy the last presidential election, they have apparently decided to go the next step and deprive people from voting by killing the heart of the Voting Rights Act.

The impact of this decision was apparent when within hours of the ruling, as several states moved to institute voter identification laws and are sure to be considering further gerrymandering of congressional districts.

While demographics indicate the nonwhites are now the majority, the rulings by the Supreme Court are an attempt to overturn the future of America by letting the GOP hold on longer. While it may slow efforts to assert the rights of all Americans, the tide is against the Supreme Court and the GOP.

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  1. This letter is the fantasy of a liberal who is out of touch with reality. The provision struck down in the Act addressed the problems of a different era,and are no loner relevent. Liberals want it always to go their way. Take you SCOTUS victories on Obamacare and DOMA and stop whing!

  2. Mark Twain's quote about himself comes to mind about the Republican party: The rumors of death are greatly exaggerated.

    Carmine D

  3. It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.

    Mark Twain

  4. Totally agree with your letter, Mr. Wasserman. This may help them for now, but won't be worth a damn in the long run. The demographics of this great nation are dynamic, ever changing and clearly not in their favor.

    I have a strong feeling that, if not now, but very, very soon the GOP will end up marginalized and irrelevant. Not because of anything any of us out here do, but because of themselves and their draconian over reaching.

    They know they need to change, but they simply cannot. The Tea Party infection prevents them. They have this insatiable need to get to the right. Not of the people in America, but themselves. This precludes them from change.

    But, be that as it may, far be it that I only want to seek the total destruction of the Tea/Republican Party.

    I must admit that I have had a sudden change of heart.

    I want to help the Tea/Republican Party fix itself.

    The first change should be the name.

    Pay attention now. This is a freebie. Because I wanna help.

    First thing you need to do is change the name of your political party.

    No more GOP.

    Change it to the Grand Ole Alliance of Teaparty Followers and Ultra-Conservative Know-it-alls.

    And the short name would be GOATF....

    Um....

    Abbreviate it to....um....er.....

  5. It seems like a bit of an overstatement of what happened. The court ruled that you could no longer use the formula that had been used to determine which states fell under direct federal oversight of election practices. The formula, which had been twice updated, was based on two factors. One being whether a test or device was used to restrict registration and voting. The second is whether half of the citizens were registered to vote by a particular date and had voted in a particular presidential election. The dates were last updated to 1972. So, states were being judged by statistics from over 40 years ago. The idea was that we needed to take a more current view. The prohibitions of discrimination still stand in the law. As Justice Roberts wrote in the majority opinion, "the Act imposes current burdens and must be justified by current needs." So, as Harry Reid was proposing is needed, they should update the standard by which Section 4 of the law is applied and that should be sufficient.

  6. No one should have to stand on a line for 7 to 8 hours to vote. That did happen in many minority districts because of restrictions placed on voters by Republicans. We all know damn well in states controlled by a Republican majority their intent was to retrict minorities and students from voting which would allow Mitt Romney to win.

    Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Mike Turzai -"Pro-Second Amendment? The Castle Doctrine, it's done. First pro-life legislation -- abortion facility regulations -- in 22 years, done. Voter ID, which is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania, done."

  7. Ever tried using your points in a casino to get those "freebies?" Guess what, they demand a photo ID. Now, I ask, what is more important when it comes to identifying oneself? Glomming on to "free buffets or T-shirts" or insuring the integrity of the ballot box? Commie-lites want us to believe it's a real chore to get an acceptable photo ID when most of us know they are full of shinola.

  8. I full agree with Mr. Wasserman. I love the quote from DR. MLK "the arc of justice is far reaching". Mr Roberts and his Cohorts may erect all types of barriers, but in time they to will fall. Personally I can tolerate Roberts, and Alieto for their positions,because they are trying to hold back the wave of change, believing they are working in the cause of WASP. I am sorry to say Clarence Thomas is an absolutely disgrace. Why did I say that is because-- He will never achieve what is is working so hard to be.
    God did not smile on him in this lifetime.
    One other point, An earier poster, showed his ignorance by the disgraceful comment about Doma. I'd like to remind him, that every American wants to enjoy "life, love and the pursuit of happiness the same as him.
    He is probably one of the bubble people, because if you note in his previous posting he always begin with what he has determined is a derogatory word---- "LIBERAL". I would challenge that in all reality he doesn't have any true concept of the meaning of the word.
    He feels important and likes to EXHIBITS his super brillance in world affairs by saying, words like liberal and every so often "COMMIE."

  9. If you see photos or watch videos of Republicans and conservatives demonstrating the crowds are composed of white people. On the other hand progressive and liberal demonstrations are multiracial which is a truer snap shot of the country. Doesn't anyone question why the distinction between the factions is so prevalent?

  10. Harold, sober up. Many, many "whites" are of mixed dna. Many, many "nonwhites" are of mixed dna. We all have concerns for our close and distant relatives. The divide is much more about takers versus earners/workers. Coherency: that's the issue.

  11. There are Conservatives that want to restrict minority and poor voters. There are Progressives who want anyone with a pulse to be able to vote, ni ID required.

    Then there are the middle of the road people like me that don't want to restrict anyone from voting but find nothing wrong with asking potential voters to prove identity with an ID card or drivers license.

    Michael

  12. Well said Michael. Restoring sanity to the discussion. One comment--I do want to bar ineligible voters from voting. Many liberals care less,as long as they vote for a Democrate.

  13. "No one should have to stand on a line for 7 to 8 hours to vote"

    But it's okay to wait that long to see a doctor while in pain in the emergency room?

    Carmine D