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Monday, July 1, 2013

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I shouldn’t' be picking on Clarence Thomas. There were, after all, four other men who voted to strike down a cornerstone of established civil rights law, Supreme Court Invalidates Key Part of Voting Rights Act. Still, he seems to have an almost pathological zeal in his pursuit to roll back the clock in this country to a simpler time, say 60 years ago, when all was white, I mean right in the world, and everyone knew their place.

His and the other "justices'" decision now gives the Southern states in question the green light to break out their poll taxes from mothballs to re-disenfranchise (if that's a word) people of color unlucky enough to live in their domains. Sure, they'll dress up this blatant effort to rob people of color of their rights as high-minded efforts to prevent voter fraud, and they'll probably use their white hoods and robes to do the dressing.

Fortunately, Attorney General Eric Holder has promised that President Obama and the Department of Justice will vigilantly contest any such effort to suppress voting rights...assuming they’re not too busy assassinating American citizens overseas without any due process or hunting down whistleblowers for revealing unconstitutional US government programs. I'm certainly feeling reassured; makes me feel like partying like it's nine-teen-fifty-nine!

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