Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Voting Rights Act, and Other Pertinent Odds and Ends

The Voting Rights Act, which mandated Federal preclearance of the states before changing election laws, was in effect struck down by the Supreme Court.  Essentially, the Court said the Act was unconstitutional as pertains to section 4 which singled out several states and other municipalities for application.  Section 5 of the Act set the requirement for preclearance.  Without the scope of the Act set in section 4, section 5 becomes meaningless.

The scope of the Act in section 4 was set at the discretion of the Attorney General based on arbitrary civil rights records.  On June 25, Eric Holder announced he was “deeply disappointed” in the Court’s 5 to 4 decision.  Obama also expressed he was deeply disappointed.
Being from one of the states hog tied by the Act, Texas immediately responded that it would put into effect the Voter Identification law requiring photo ID.  Greg Abbot, Texas’ Attorney General, said that the redistricting maps would not need Federal approval and would also be immediately be recognized as law.
This ruling by the Supreme Court does not invalidate the discrimination sections of the Act.
This is good news for Texas as well as those states and political entities where voter corruption is a problem.  In addition this is a baby step toward stabilization of the “immigration problem”… at least as far as Texas is concerned.  Texas Senator Ted Cruz who supported strong opposition to the Voting Rights Act, actively supports insertion of a national voter ID in any immigration bill.
Speaking of Senator Cruz we are in agreement with El Gringo Viejo’s observation (see Daily Journal 07/09/2013) regarding the “sucker punching of Marco Rubio” and we also have not lost faith in Senator Rubio; however, we are concerned that he has now become somewhat damaged goods as concerns a run for the Presidency in 2016.  He was number one prior to his fall from grace with the immigration bill and has been supplanted by Senator Cruz by most Tea Party conservatives.  Marco is still a remarkable Senator but the perception usually becomes reality.  The Democratic Party has done what it does best by casting doubt on our most promising hopes for the future.  Marco may be able to redeem himself because we have three and a half years until the next election.  But, Ted Cruz is not a runner-up.  He is the real deal and does not earn a favorite status by default.
The Democrats and faux Republicans will not quit beating on Marco but should soon turn the machine on Ted Cruz.  If there is a lesson to be learned we hope Senator Cruz has vicariously learned a very important one.  There is no “reaching across the aisle” with these people.  There is no compromise.  Conservative values cannot be altered.
A change of subject suggests a surreal idea.  This is the machination of an over active-imagination:  Rick Perry has announced he will not run for another term as Texas’ Governor.  How about Ted Cruz for Texas Governor, (errr, - uh... “President” of Texas)?  Let the idea take you where it will.  Crazy, huh?