June 15, 2010
Remember when Rand Paul said he opposed aspects of the Voting Rights Act? Paul was taken to the woodshed by the corporate media and made out to be a racist for his opposition. Gremlins came out of the woodwork and lambasted him, including well-paid gremlins over at the CIA’s favorite newspaper, the Washington Post.
|Election ballot from Port Chester, New York. The federal government has declared elections unfair in the city because residents have not voted for minority candidates.|
“This is the worst possible way Paul could have introduced himself to the nation at this particular moment,” Greg Sargent wrote after MSNBC’s Maddow sideswiped Paul. “It comes, of course, at a time when the Tea Partiers are adamantly insisting their movement hasn’t been hijacked by intolerants and extremists. It comes as the GOP is trying to shake its image as a regional, culturally-backward party.”
In the enlightened state of New York the Voting Rights Act is now being used to accomplish what some liberals might consider culturally-forward to their “progressive” way of looking at things — allowing certain residents to vote more than once in order to fix the result of an election.
“Voters in Port Chester, 25 miles northeast of New York City, are electing village trustees for the first time since the federal government alleged in 2006 that the existing election system was unfair,” reports the Associated Press. “Although the village of about 30,000 residents is nearly half Hispanic, no Latino had ever been elected to any of the six trustee seats, which until now were chosen in a conventional at-large election. Most voters were white, and white candidates always won.”
In order to fix the problem created by democracy in action, the federal government has cited the Voting Rights Act to fix the election. “Federal Judge Stephen Robinson said that violated the Voting Rights Act, and he approved a remedy suggested by village officials: a system called cumulative voting, in which residents get six votes each to apportion as they wish among the candidates. He rejected a government proposal to break the village into six districts, including one that took in heavily Hispanic areas.”
Judge Stephen C. Robinson was not nominated by a liberal Democrat. It was George W. Bush who picked him on March 5, 2003, thus revealing once again there is little difference between Republicans and Democrats when it comes down to the federal government mandating what the states do.
Robinson is not breaking new ground here. As of November 2009, more than fifty communities in the United States use cumulative voting, all resulting from cases brought under the federal Voting Rights Act. This is the second time Port Chester has rigged the vote in order to make the result palatable to a demographic the federal government has declared as special.
So-called cumulative voting is used frequently in corporate governance. But then that makes sense since corporate structures are authoritarian and — as Mussolini noted — fascist. I guess Port Chester, New York, is fascist too.
So much for one man, one vote. In Port Chester, New York, some people are more equal than others depending on their ethnic and racial status.
This article was posted: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at 4:33 pm