Do you live in Texas? Are you thinking about registering to vote? Republican? Yeah? Well then, you may want to become familiar with the Texas Republican Party Platform. It happens to be extremely informative with ideas every Republican should examine. I know many Texans. Texans, in my opinion, are intelligent, well-read, and good-looking. I believe this to be true, so I am calling all Texas potential voters to read carefully the platform of the Republican Party there. Don’t just “fixin’ ta.” Here is a small smidgen of what can be found there.
The 2012 Texas Republican Platform Committee insists on this:
Voter Rights Act – We urge that the Voter Rights Act of 1965 codified and updated in 1973 be repealed and not reauthorized. http://s3.amazonaws.com/texasgop_pre/assets/original/2012Platform_Final.pdf
I guess the committee feels that since times have changed, some useless out-dated laws are no longer useful in our modern times. I wonder?
What is the Voting Rights Act of 1965?
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. §§ 1973–1973aa-6) 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. –Wiki
In the century following Reconstruction, African Americans in the South faced overwhelming obstacles to voting. Despite the Fifteenth and Nineteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, which had enfranchised black men and women, southern voter registration boards used poll taxes, literacy tests, and other bureaucratic impediments to deny African Americans their legal rights. Southern blacks also risked harassment, intimidation, economic reprisals, and physical violence when they tried to register or vote. As a result, African Americans had little if any political power, either locally or nationally. In Mississippi, for instance, only five percent of eligible blacks were registered to vote in 1960.–http://core-online.org/History/voting_rights.htm
Earlier this month, the Republican party of Texas revealed their 2012 party platform that calls for congress to repeal the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Excerpt from page five of the 2012 state Republican party platform:
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 prohibits states from denying citizens the right to vote because of race or ethnic background. For the Republican party of Texas to propose the elimination of such an important piece of legislation just reaffirms the validity of the criticism that is levied at them. http://www.examiner.com/article/texas-republican-party-proposing-to-repeal-the-voting-rights-act-of-1965
I’m not a Texan. I live in Oklahoma. I’ve been a voter for several years. And I’m not one to tell young Texans what to do but, take it from an old Okie, say this to the committee, “Texas Republican Party, let everybody who wants to vote VOTE.” Please, go register to vote, young Texans. Read the fine print first.
- This week in the war on voters: House GOP holds half-hearted hearing on Voter Rights Act revamp (dailykos.com)
- We Approve : the Justice Department Moves Against Texas Vote Suppression (hereandsphere.com)
- The US civil war is playing out again – this time over voter rights | David A Love (theguardian.com)
- Supreme Court Action: Significant Part of the Voter Rights Act of 1965 Unconstitutional (lawprofessors.typepad.com)
- Texas voters now must have valid photo ID (kvue.com)
- Editorial: Voter suppression laws are Republicans’ knockout game (stltoday.com)