John Roberts, he of the supercilious drug-store cowboy smirk, has reassured Americans that this is a different country from the United States of 1965.
In those bad old days we had George Wallace and Ross Barnett and Bull Connor standing in front of universities and bridges and other public places to represent their side.
Now we have Mitch McConnell blinking in the glare and doing that lisping thing he does when he is being evasive and using the new mantra of the latter-day Wallaces: The country is different now. Count on hearing that a lot.
To quote another worthy, Clarence Thomas, now it’s done high-tech.
Now it’s done state-by-state by demanding more identification from the marginal and the mobile. Show us your papers, please. Watching the lines at the last election, gee, always in the poorer neighborhoods, was a throwback to the back of the bus. Now the Supreme Court has voiced its approval, with the chief justice saying “Our country has changed.”
In some ways, yes, it has. There were the two victories for gay rights on Wednesday. And when I turn on the television, I find prophetic voices like Melissa Harris-Perry and Joy Reid on MSNBC and two of the finest members of the House, Elijah Cummings of Maryland and John Lewis of Georgia.
Lewis said the Tuesday decision was a “dagger” in the heart of a movement. He has the right to speak of violence, after being beaten nearly to death on March 7, 1965, on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. The struggle has been like a flame, leaving John Lewis strong and pure, a living testimony to better selves. He looked stricken the other night. The police beat him in 1965. Now in this different country, it’s done by lawyers and election officials, state by state.
6/27/2013 04:44:56 am
George, so on target there is little else to say. Some memories, in Bush/Gore election theft there were an estimated 14,000 black voters in north Florida unable to vote having been challenged. In the last election voters in south Florida waited eight hours to vote including one 90+ woman.
6/28/2013 11:53:16 pm
6/29/2013 01:52:30 am
It seems like we have been so distracted congratulating ourselves on our progress through the Twentieth Century that we've let the Nineteenth slip in through the back door.
6/29/2013 04:35:47 am
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6/30/2013 09:18:10 am
Thank you all for your comments. I find myself getting more infuriated as the days go on. This is the Supreme Court blatantly saying it does not care about what was so important to Congress and the country in 1965. I saw a photo -- with Sen. Everett Dirksen, a Republican major sponsor of the bill, standing with LBJ. He'd be run out of the current Republican party for beliefs like that. GV
6/30/2013 07:24:42 am
Your comment on Dirksen is so on target. LBJ could not have passed the 1965 Act with Demo support only, because many were from the segregated states. This bill changed Dems to Repubs, and race is still an focus of the party, however, disguised. See Willie Horton, Welfare Queens, etc.
6/30/2013 08:53:42 am
Where have you gone, Charles Goodell?
8/22/2013 04:37:13 am
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“I don’t think people understand how Covid affects older Americans,” Mr. Caretti said with frustration. “In 2020, there was this all-in-this-together vibe, and it’s been annihilated. People just need to care about other people, man. That’s my soapbox.”
---Vic Caretti, 47, whose father recently died of Covid at 85.
---From an article by Paula Span, who covers old age for the NYT, which currently has 2646 comments, the majority criticizing the American public – and public officials – for acting as if the pandemic is “over.”
Classic wishful thinking, at a lethal level.