“The country has changed” was the sales pitch for the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down key provisions of the Voting Rights Act. To that, I say, “Bah humbug!”
Special interest groups are constantly working to redraw voter district lines and add requirements for voter eligibility that deny minorities, the poor, and the elderly the right to vote. One such leader of A.L.E.C. (an organization championing the goals of big business, big corporations, and multimillionaires) was heard saying to his membership that they didn’t want a large number of people voting. They could accomplish their goals easier with smaller voter turnouts.
The country has changed slightly. It is not solely a race issue today, but more of a question of whether America will continue to be a democracy (a government of the people, by the people, and for the people), or will powerful, self-interest groups turn America into an oligarchy (a small group exercising control for corrupt and selfish purposes)?
Ask Ernest Montgomery if the Voting Rights Act is still needed. He is the only African-American city councilor of Calera, Alabama, where the lines of his district were changed from a population of 69% African-Americans to only 30%.