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Obama “Deeply Disappointed” by Voting Rights Ruling

President Obama today said he was “deeply disappointed” by a Supreme Court ruling that states could no longer be judged by standards nearly 50 years old to determine whether their voting procedures require federal oversight.

Deeply disappointed? Really? Have we made no progress in five decades? Are we really at this point in danger of slipping back to the kind of voter discrimination blacks experienced in the 1960s and before?

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 requires Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia, Alaska, Arizona, and parts of seven other states to receive “pre-clearance” from either the attorney general or federal judges before making changes to voting laws.

The Court didn’t invalidate the principle that some states or areas require federal scrutiny. It merely said we’ve advanced enough as a society that new standards must be written based on current conditions, and that the punishment of states for what was done even before the civil rights era must be stopped.

Obama almost immediately released a written statement of outrage:

I am deeply disappointed with the Supreme Court’s decision today.  For nearly 50 years, the Voting Rights Act – enacted and repeatedly renewed by wide bipartisan majorities in Congress – has helped secure the right to vote for millions of Americans.  Today’s decision invalidating one of its core provisions upsets decades of well-established practices that help make sure voting is fair, especially in places where voting discrimination has been historically prevalent.

As a nation, we’ve made a great deal of progress towards guaranteeing every American the right to vote.  But, as the Supreme Court recognized, voting discrimination still exists. And while today’s decision is a setback, it doesn’t represent the end of our efforts to end voting discrimination.  I am calling on Congress to pass legislation to ensure every American has equal access to the polls.  My Administration will continue to do everything in its power to ensure a fair and equal voting process.

Note that last sentence. Get ready for some kind of end run around the Court.

This president, especially as our first African American president, was supposed to be about unifying the nation. How does it unite the country to continue to leave certain states and regions in the corner with a dunce cap on, degrading them despite decades of arduous progress?

Obama has reflexively aligned himself with the racial-politics-as-usual crowd instead of bravely differentiating himself and acting as the leader of us all. The new kind of politician we were sold in 2008, as we see time and time again, is no different than the old kind.

Here’s the crowd I’m talking about:

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41 Responses to Obama “Deeply Disappointed” by Voting Rights Ruling

  1. Instead of actually moving “forward” and accepting a “fair shot” for everyone, Obama is again “acting stupidly” for political advantage. This will gain him more street cred with the NAACP, but it should mark a step backwards for those familiar with the facts.

    The section of the Voting RIghts Act in question is the equivalent of requiring an entire neighborhood to be fumigated because a shed on the corner has termites.

    A great resource on this is “Voting RIghts — and Wrongs” by Abigail Thernstrom. Maybe Obama can take time out from his non-stop campaigning and read it.

    This solution would give him (and people like Donna Brazile) one less thing to carp about. It would also allow us to move forward when it comes to race, something I seem to recall our first biracial President promising to do when he was running.

  2. Funny isn’t it how the left is always about “change” until that change goes against their fraudulent agenda.
    If the Dems ever lose the race card they’re done as a national political party. THAT’s why Dear Leader’s so “upset” over SCOTUS stripping him and Holder of being able to continue their intimidation.

  3. End run around SCOTUS? I HOPE he goes for it. Most of the states in question are as red as they get, and the chance to haul King Barry into court and have SCOTUS smack him down a peg would be most welcome in those parts of the US.

    • Al Dullton simultaneously claims that a) there was record turnout, b) there was voter suppression, and c) people were robbed of their right to vote. How can these all be true?

      Does Al consider the millions of people who stayed home after the Obama campaign convinced them that Romney was a felon, tax cheat, and killer of women? Isn’t that suppression?

  4. Keith: Timely post from you. I got an email today from Donna Brazile. Well..actually, it was more like electronic “blackmail”.

    -snip-
    The Voting Rights Act, first signed into law in 1965, was a keystone victory of the civil rights movement. American citizens withstood beatings, fire hoses and dogs to see the law passed. Some even gave their lives.

    And for decades since, the law has protected the right to vote for millions of America’s citizens — regardless of faith, color or creed.

    Today’s ruling by the Supreme Court striking down parts of this important law is more than a disappointment — it’s an injustice.

  5. As G.Caldwell points out; without the race card the Dems have nothing and with it, they promote a fear of White people that has no basis in today’s society.

    The wailing and accusations of racial profiling and racial discrimination when a voter is asked to produce a valid ID that shows who they are and where they live just adds to the divide that MrObama thrives on.

  6. So he’s ‘deeply disappointed’ is he poor thing. Too upset to go on $100
    million plus vacation? Doubt it don’t you? Well look Barry I’m ‘truly,
    madly deeply disappointed’ with you everyday 24/7 and I can’t drown my
    sorrow in a multi million dollar trip!

  7. “My Administration will continue to do everything in its power to ensure a fair and equal voting process.”
    The Prez seems to have forgotten to add something about his Attorney General ensuring that all those years of voter intimidation and suppression will be paid back, with interest.

    • Yes, and threaten Americans that he will let loose the thugs and ganstas if the SOTUS doesn’t change the ruling. Bullying, threats, intimidation all under the umbrella of civil rights. We’ve been enabling this bad behavior since the 60s. Who’s civil rights are being abused?

  8. Today, Texas AG Greg Abbott gave the double middle finger salute to the Obama regime when he ordered into effect the Texas Voter ID law and original redistricting maps passed by our state legislators. For two years the laws have been tied up in the courts by Holder’s Department of Injustice. Bravo Supreme Court for doing the job the ruling class hasn’t had the courage to do.

    • Ah, sorry Susan, I didn’t see your post before I spoke of voter i.d. laws. This is great news from Texas.

      My husband and I grew up in the northern tier and we were always fed a line about southerners in public school. Today we see the South as the last place standing where traditional American life and the Constitution are valued, and the South shall rise again and be a beacon to the rest of the country.

  9. We are no longer living in the Reconstruction Era, Mr. Obama, where northern states can punish southern ones for the Civil War. Obama would have us still fighting that conflict between the states. This definitely was an unconstitutional law, and I hope its reversal will pave the way for states being allowed, for example, to implement voter identification laws on their own. Maybe Arizona can go ahead once again without having its sovereign right overturned.

    • Oh but it has been a powerful tool in their struggle to become the powerful and perpetually outraged. barry would love to have a conflict between the states. You heard he thinks he’s Lincoln didn’t you?

      • He’s the Lincoln of illegal immigrants and hasn’t really done the blacks a favor by promoting jobs for the former at the expense of the latter. BTW, before some troll comes here and attacks me as a racist, I would vote for Dr. Carson and Col. West at the drop of a hat.

  10. Obama is disappointed? Tough! That guy is such a fraud and Con-Man. The truth is not in him. I do not believe one word he says. He has done, and is doing more damage to this Country than the terrorists could ever hope to, and that is as planned. In fact I believe better than he could have ever hoped for, he has a burning dislike for this Country, and is determined to “knock it down to size”. Doubt me all you want, but look around. He is a flashy dresser, a master at the art of B.S. and has more than enough gullible Obamites who will follow him to hell, and not realize it until it is too late.

  11. “Deeply Disappointed” Give me a break. Like this supreme narcissist cares deeply about anything. Except maybe for himself.

  12. Obama might have been “deeply disappointed” but that’s nothing compared to Holder’s statement (he looked angry) that he was “deeply, deeply disappointed.” Double down on that deep disappointment.

    A win for the states and for Americans.

  13. One wonders if Obama and Company would think the polls in Philadelphia, where the Black Panthers were hanging out, would have merited Federal oversight so people would not be afraid to vote because of their race.

    Or were the Black Panthers there AS the federal oversight, to make sure the election went “properly”? I’d ask for a Federal investigation, but Eric Holder only listens to calls I make to OTHER people, not him…

  14. Oh my..I wonder if he is as disappointed as many of us are with everything he has done! He clearly has no interest in unifying the country. He is interested in having complete and absolute control over states’ rights and people’s rights. Furthermore, voting in 2008 and 2012 was not fair, as many were allowed to vote more than once, many were paid for their votes, and many were clearly ineligible to vote. But, unfortunately, he will as usual find some way to circumvent the Supreme Court by issuing another Executive Fiat, Order, or whatever. As far as Al Sharpton, he simply needs to go away. He is certainly not representative of Martin Luther King’s dream and shouldn’t pretend to be someone like him. I for one have seen and heard more than enough from Sharpton, who does little but travel around the country stirring up racism wherever he goes.