On issue after issue, the GOP has veered far from the mainstream of the American electorate. Worse, they are swimming upstream against a tide of changing demographics.
With unseemly haste following the Supreme Court's recent nullification of a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, Mississippi has moved to enforce a new voter identification law that will suppress the vote of African Americans.
The GOP has begun to turn up the temperature on the pots of water a bit too quickly, ensuring the frogs will jump out. Watching the gathering protests and escalating anger in Texas, Ohio and North Carolina these past two weeks has given me hope that people are paying more attention.
For a clear sense of what the Republican Party has in store for the entire country, were it able to get its clutches on all the levers of power, North Carolina is becoming an increasingly illuminating place to look. In six short months, the party has cut a swathe of destruction through the state.
The Supreme Court decisions on voting and affirmative action at the University of Texas, the Senate's vote on immigration and the People's filibuster that killed a bill set to all but outlaw abortion in Texas, are all part of a strategy to take Texas and the nation backwards and keep power in the hands of a few.
The most powerful impact of the Supreme Court's decision on Voting Rights may not be on the size of the minority vote. Instead, its most profound -- and insidious -- effect may reside in the weight it lends to an emergent narrative that racism is no longer a serious problem and that the real threat to equal justice now is "reverse discrimination" against whites.
Now that states with a history of abusive behavior toward minority voters can change voting laws without getting "preclearance" from, well, anybody, there's nothing anybody can do about it.
The religious right has banded together becoming a force of political clout in the U.S. They want to maintain their privilege, but the cost to our society is high. The religious left would do well to make common cause with one another and with activists working for justice.
As part of 92Y's partnership with Salon.com, editor at large Joan Walsh spoke with us about her disappointment with the Supreme Court's recent decisio...
As we gather with friends and family with a grateful toast to our servicemembers who defend our freedoms this 4th of July 2013, we celebrate our most sacred freedom -- the civic sacrament of voting.
Last week's Supreme Court rulings will enable more discrimination against women and racial minorities. Yet because none of these cases presented discrimination as blatantly as DOMA did, the justices could more easily disclaim responsibility for the anti-equality consequences of their rulings.
Look at it this way: When Prop 8 passed the first time, there were no parades, no scowling crowds of Mormons stripping off their strange underwear and waving banners of joy in the streets, celebrating this new and nasty constraint on love.
The Supreme Court is dead wrong in its cases trivializing voters. Congress needs to act, and we need to shine a spotlight on the Supreme Court. We need to restore voting as a fundamental right and keep on pursuing the "noble goal."
Chief Justice Roberts has cultivated a public image as a less-than-right-wing zealot, while actually amassing a record certain to excite members of the Chamber of Commerce and Tea Party alike.
"There is nothing -- nothing -- that roils me more than the fictional claim, ascendant in these times, that America has achieved some kind of 'post-racial' state, or that we have, as a nation, moved beyond having to worry too much about race matters or racist realities."
Last week, the Supreme Court participated in one of the most egregious forms of judicial activism in our country's history by striking down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act.