Monday, October 29, 2018

Voting while Black

The history of voter disenfranchisement demonstrates the government’s failure to uphold and exercise federal power. Congress never reduced Southern states' congressional representation in proportion to its disenfranchisement and the Supreme Court actively undermined its powers to protect voting rights by refusing to acknowledge discrimination even when it was obvious.


During Reconstruction, former slaves were granted the right to vote by an Act of Congress. The Fifteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, adopted in 1870, stipulates:

"The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”
In Mississippi, African Americans registered and flooded the polls, electing Blacks to many local offices and over a dozen Black men to the United States Congress, in what was called the Black and Tan Revolution. A likely outcome, since former slaves far outnumbered the white population.

In response, Whites promoted the idea that Blacks had ascended to office only through means of fraud and corruption and a new state constitution was written stating that:

“Negroes were denied the right to vote because as long as they had voted, corruption and fraud had characterized government in the state of Mississippi....To restore "purity" to the governance of the state of Mississippi, Blacks must no longer be allowed to vote."

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Lies Republicans Tell, over and over and over

Paul Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda said, 
"The most brilliant propagandist technique… must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over and over. “  
He exploited the lowest instincts of people – anger, fear, racism, xenophobia, and class envy. Aided by the effects of the Depression and with sober psychological calculation he led the masses wherever he wanted them to go.  And that’s exactly what Trump and the Republicans do today.


When my daughter was a teenager she was horrible.  I’m not even religious, but she kept me on my knees in a constant state of prayer.  I often tell the story about how she ran away and I finally felt some relief and got the first real sleep I’d had in months.  My friends and husband were horrified, while I was honestly, indifferent, maybe even relieved.  So much so, that when the police found her, I got mad. 

That was twenty years ago and today we laugh at the horror she once was.  Today, that horrible kid is a highly successful surgeon, a doting wife and a better mother than I probably ever was.  And I’m proud of her, but back then I wouldn’t have waged two pennies that she would become anything other than a grown-up pain in the ass.  Kids grow up and if we’re lucky and they don’t go too far off the rails evolve to become thoughtful humans.

I thought of my daughter as I listened to Kavanaugh, and in the final analysis  concluded there are 8 reasons he is not worthy of an elevation to the Supreme Court.   

1) When Kavanaugh introduced himself to the American public he said:
“Mr. President, thank you. Throughout this process, I’ve witnessed firsthand your appreciation for the vital role of the American judiciary. No president has ever consulted more widely, or talked with more people from more backgrounds, to seek input about a Supreme Court nomination.”
The first words he uttered were lies.