Andy Marquis is our guest blogger of the day. He used to consider himself a Republican but not any more. He changed his voter registration to Independent in 2011 and says that’s how it will remain.
Here’s his latest guest post:
Voter Suppression Will Backfire
It’s a joyous day to be a Republican. Once again, the partisan Supreme Court has made a partisan decision and written a blank check to Republican legislatures to do whatever the hell they want to take away the rights of minorities. In the meantime, Republicans gleefully cheer about their latest victory from the Bush/Reagan Supreme Court. Only one problem – it will backfire.
The black vote in 2012 was higher than the white vote. It’s something that remains a mystery because, well, blacks aren’t exactly happy with President Obama. With the African-American community hit hard by the recession, you’d think they’d be the ones to sit out. But there’s an explanation for this: voter suppression laws.
There is one thing white Americans will never know. It’s struggle. African-Americans spent over 150 years fighting to be equal under the law in this country, and they’re not going to willfully sit back and let state legislatures take their rights away from them solely because they don’t vote the way Republicans think they should be required to be.
Republicans genuinely feels blacks are lazy, stupid and entitled. They don’t think black voters are informed – unless you’re talking about someone like Herman Cain, Allen West or Ben Carson. Black people tend to vote Democratic, and well, blacks are obviously stupid because all Democrats are stupid, right? They don’t believe black voters watch the news or read a newspaper or know what’s going on.
Of course, when the Republicans lost in 2012, some of us knew the party wouldn’t make changes. What’s followed isn’t the need to become more moderate and evolve in to the 21st Century, or hell, the 20th Century. Instead, they’ve become empowered to become even more extreme, thanks in part to the IRS’ stupidity. They didn’t look at policy changes – they looked at messaging changes. Now, they’re not even looking at that because “Benghazi” and “the IRS scandal” is their ticket to supermajorities in 2014 and 2016.
And when “Scandal Mania” dies down, they have no plan for the future. In the meantime, they continue to push for voter suppression laws. In Virginia, it’d be easier for me to go buy a gun than it would be to vote. I can’t possibly imagine why that is.
In 2012, blacks were empowered to vote. They knew that there were “forces” (the Republican Party) that sought to take away their vote to shrink the electorate.
It’s an age old Republican practice. In a nation that’s becoming more diverse, the larger the voting populace is, the less likely it will be for Republicans to win. Gerrymandering might buy them another 10 years, but that’s about it. So, now they have to come up with a solution that buys them more time – a solution that involves shrinking the electorate without disenfranchising the clingers.
Instead of changing their platform to appeal to minorities and women, wouldn’t it just be better if they couldn’t vote at all?
Meanwhile, in 2012, as their rights were once again under assault, African-Americans congregated in churches to make a statement. And they did. The result, the percentage of African-Americans who voted in 2012 was so large that it confounds the Beltway Media to this day.
African-Americans aren’t stupid. They do follow the news. And they do know when someone’s aiming to take away the rights they fought for over a century to obtain. As for the Supreme Court’s decision – they struck down portions of a law, citing a document written over 230 years ago that was designed to protect the rights of slave owners.
The partisan decision will backfire. African-American voters will be empowered again in 2014, 2016 and beyond to vote for those who seek to protect their rights and against those who seek to take them away. Until Republicans grow a certain organ inside their craniums and decide to back off of voter suppression, I’d say Progressives will continue to have a lock on the growing minority vote. Yay for us!
Andy Marquis: www.race22.com; Twitter: @amarquis32 ; Facebook.com/amarquis