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The Battle Over Voting Rights (also Gerrymandering)
It's my opinion that the most important fight of the next four years (presuming a lack of nuclear holocaust, obviously) is the one we're going to see happen over the ability of racial minorities to vote. The Trump administration in general and Jeff Sessions transparently wants a herrenvolk democracy for whites only. Today they took their first step towards that outcome by changing DoJ's mind in a major voting rights lawsuit in Texas.
SIG presented legal analysis in the Cabinet thread:
They are saying since the Texas Legislature can fix the law this year, there is no need to move forward right now on the issue sent back down by the Fifth Circuit, namely, was this law intentionally discriminatory when enacted?
This makes no sense, since no matter what the Texas Legislature does this year to amend the law, it changes absolutely nothing about the reasons why the law was first passed, which is what the lower appeals court is tasked with determining at this time.
Unless Texas itself says, wait, we'll pull this law off the books and make a new one, there is absolutely no reason to delay moving forward in having the court determine if the original law was intentionally discriminatory. That's a factual determination based on things that have already happened and can't be changed or amended.
So, you see, they've written a fig leaf into their brief, but it's clear that DOJ supports the law that Texas passed and simply no longer wants to attack it.
THE ARISTOCRATS RACISTS
For their part, newly elected DNC Chairman Tom Perez, who has a history of combating this kind of nonsense while he was at Justice, has proposed voting rights enforcement as being a major function of the DNC since we cannot trust Justice to do it. (Campaign promise here)
If Democrats don't win these fights there is almost no way to retake power without a drastic change in policies for the worse from the Democratic Party, so this is the big one.
Herbert Hoover got 40% of the vote in 1932. Friendly reminder.