Eric Holder and Barack Obama’s Department of Justice made clear this week their feelings regarding Texas – namely that it is a state (they believe) still mired in racial discrimination that requires Big Government intervention. In the brewing war between the Obama White House and Texas, who will win?
(via US News and World Report)
Is Eric Holder Right About Texas’ Elections?
The attorney general wants changes to the Lone Star state’s voting laws to be subject to federal approval
U.S. Attorney General EricHolder announced Thursday that the Obama administration would seek to require Texas to clear any changes it makes to voting procedures with the federal government. This policy comes after a Supreme Court ruling last month that struck down a key part of the Voting Rights Act, a 1965 law that sought to prevent voting discrimination.
Holder called the court’s ruling “deeply disappointing,” and said that the lawwas still needed to address inequalities in the election system. The court struck down Section 4 of the act, which determined the formula used to dictate which states and jurisdictions were subject to Section 5. Also known as the “preclearance provision,” Section 5 requires some jurisdictions to get federal permission before changing election laws.
Holder said that although preclearance was designed to stop discriminatory voting practices during the Civil Rights Movement, it is clear that places like Texas have not yet reached a point where such laws are no longer necessary. The attorney general called for a bipartisan effort in Congress to restore and strengthen the Voting Rights Act, and also said the department was taking steps to enforce the parts of the law that were not affected by the June Supreme Court ruling:
“The Justice Department will ask a federal court in Texas to subject the State of Texas to a preclearance regime similar to the one required by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act … Based on the evidence of intentional racial discrimination that was presented last year in the redistricting case, Texas v.Holder – as well as the history of pervasive voting-related discrimination against racial minorities that the Supreme Court itself has recognized – we believe that the State of Texas should be required to go through a preclearance process whenever it changes its voting laws and practices.” LINK
That last paragraph is nothing more than Eric Holder coming right out and calling Texas too racist to be trusted with its own election laws. Texans (and other states) would likely counter that claim by indicating they in fact want to more fully PROTECT the sacred trust of its election results by ensuring only legal voters be allowed to cast ballots. And therein you find the real contention between Texas and the Obama White House. As Attorney General, Eric Holder has repeatedly pushed back against any state trying to secure more honest election results, and the playing of the race card has been the number one option in this administration’s tool kit. It should also be noted that Holder’s entire premise is based on blatant hypocrisy – he claims to want to protect voters from discrimination, but is hoping to go about doing so by actually discriminating against an entire state – Texas. And make no mistake, if the Obama regime is allowed to get away with this against Texas, other states will soon follow, the Supreme Court ruling that says otherwise be damned.
Some may wonder why the aggression and energy being expended to punish Texas. I would simply remind you of this quote, which is the foundation upon which the entire Obama second term now stands: