The war on voting rights continues. In the latest development, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear an appeal of a voting rights case over whether or not government identification requirements discriminate against the poor and minorities. The lower court opinion under review was written by an appeals court judge who believes voting distracts citizens from their most important duty: shopping.
The court will hear the appeal of a U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruling upholding such a law in Indiana. It is disheartening to see that the federal appeals court ruling was written by Judge Richard A. Posner, who has written elsewhere that political participation distracts citizens from their responsibilities as consumers. And it is far easier these days to obtain a credit card than it is to register and vote. Every day the credit industry offers, unsolicited, new and remarkable credit cards. Not one of those solicitations asks for a picture ID before the card will be issued. And few retailers ask for an ID, either.
.....They [the press] have watched the Bush Administration be handed the keys to the White House by the Supreme Court, watched it lie the nation into a war, watched in lie about the occupation of Iraq, watched it privatize the armed forces and every other government function it sought to turn over to its cronies.
I suppose it is easier to believe that attacks on voting rights are just partisan squabbling, that Bush is just another conservative, that an imagined ever-swinging pendulum will swing back one day. That democracy can thrive without an effort, like the moon circling the earth.
There is no pendulum. There is only us. And if we don't save democracy, no one will. God help us if the Supreme Court should agree with Posner that barriers to the ballot box are no big deal. They've already stolen one election from us. Now they have the opportunity to steal all future elections in a single ruling.