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Bush extends landmark Voting Act
BBC ^ | July 27, 2006

Posted on 07/29/2006 10:33:34 PM PDT by Jedi Master Pikachu

Mr Bush says he is willing to defend the law in the courts

US President George W Bush has signed into law a 25-year extension to the Voting Rights Act, one of the key pieces of civil rights legislation.

The 1965 act gives federal authorities jurisdiction over voting practices in nine, mainly southern, states.

It was renewed for the fourth time by Congress, despite objections of some members from the states covered by it.

Speaking at a White House ceremony, Mr Bush said Congress had reaffirmed that all men were created equal.

"My administration will vigorously enforce the provisions of this law, and we will defend it in court," the president added.

Relatives of some of the key figures of the civil rights movement, including Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, were present at the White House signing ceremony.

The law was originally drafted to curb abuses in states which had prevented minorities from voting in elections.

Critics from the affected states argue the act represents a continuing form of punishment for historical practices which have long since been corrected.

There were also some objections from legislators worried about the growing influence of Spanish - the act contains a provision allowing ballot papers to be printed in languages other than English.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: south; voting; votingrightsact

1 posted on 07/29/2006 10:33:35 PM PDT by Jedi Master Pikachu
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What are some freeper views on this?


2 posted on 07/29/2006 10:33:58 PM PDT by Jedi Master Pikachu ( http://www.answersingenesis.org)
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To: Jedi Master Pikachu
What are some freeper views on this?

If the Senate was held by State legislature appointed representatives, this probably would've died without renewal.

3 posted on 07/29/2006 10:37:36 PM PDT by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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To: Jedi Master Pikachu

Pandermatic...by any pol especially short prior an election cycle.


4 posted on 07/29/2006 10:39:51 PM PDT by Atchafalaya (When you're there, that's the best!!)
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To: coconutt2000
The law was originally drafted to curb abuses in states which had prevented minorities from voting in elections.

So we're saying we still need this kind of legislation, because of the abuses that are going on in states, especially southern states. In other words, we haven't moved past civil rights yet?

5 posted on 07/29/2006 10:43:00 PM PDT by Herford Turley (Conservatism will save America)
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To: Jedi Master Pikachu

I see the loon Conyers is right in there behind Bush.


6 posted on 07/29/2006 10:45:08 PM PDT by headstamp (Nothing lasts forever, Unless it does.)
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To: Jedi Master Pikachu

This should have never passed in the 60's, and is still a tool to manipulate the citizens. Enforce the laws equally among all citizens, and there is going to be no problem with voting rights. This is just a way to make sure we CANNOT have an English only ballot.


7 posted on 07/29/2006 10:47:24 PM PDT by jeremiah (How much did we get for that rope?)
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To: jeremiah

bump


8 posted on 07/29/2006 10:48:30 PM PDT by Pelham (McGuestWorkerProgram- Soon to serve over 1 billion Americans)
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To: Jedi Master Pikachu
I have no problem with this. Yes, yes, we should enforce the laws on the books equally, but it was a historic event of monumental importance to minority voters. If we expect to make any headway with minorities, we have to respect how THEY see this kind of thing, even if it's different how those of us who aren't minorities see it. I mean, really, what harm is there to those of us who are white in this?

Flame away, but especially considering how important it is to some and how harmless it is to anyone else, I see nothing wrong with this at all.

9 posted on 07/29/2006 11:00:08 PM PDT by Darkwolf377 (Former Catholic, current atheist pro-lifer)
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To: Jedi Master Pikachu

I get the impression that the British media know nothing about our government and history.


10 posted on 07/29/2006 11:01:40 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Jedi Master Pikachu

No big deal - - just your standard pandering to the race hustlers and their permanent victim class.


11 posted on 07/29/2006 11:07:45 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Jedi Master Pikachu
Bush extends landmark Voting Act

Why? Is any group or race being denied the right to vote? I think not- even illegal aliens are able to vote.

12 posted on 07/29/2006 11:16:19 PM PDT by Minutemen ("It's a Religion of Peace")
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To: Herford Turley
So we're saying we still need this kind of legislation, because of the abuses that are going on in states, especially southern states. In other words, we haven't moved past civil rights yet?

No, we're saying that the States have no representation in the Congress anymore, and that populism rules both houses of the legislature.

Populism was supposed to be the domain of the House, and States' rights was supposed to be the domain of the Senate. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is no longer necessary, but its populist appeal is such that its renewal is inevitable as long as the States have no direct representation of their interests.

13 posted on 07/29/2006 11:21:53 PM PDT by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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To: Jedi Master Pikachu
What are some freeper views on this?

Bogus, totally bogus. There is no need for this. It is all politics in an attempt to secure votes.

14 posted on 07/29/2006 11:34:36 PM PDT by taxesareforever (Never forget Matt Maupin)
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To: Jedi Master Pikachu

Reminds me of "Brown 25".


15 posted on 07/29/2006 11:49:02 PM PDT by Atchafalaya (When you're there, that's the best!!)
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To: Lancey Howard

See 4.


16 posted on 07/29/2006 11:50:35 PM PDT by Atchafalaya (When you're there, that's the best!!)
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To: Darkwolf377

There were a lot of northern states way back then that had some anti-minority laws on the books too. It was not just the south, they were just a little behind.


17 posted on 07/29/2006 11:50:49 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: GeronL

I didn't single out the south.


18 posted on 07/30/2006 12:15:02 AM PDT by Darkwolf377 (Former Catholic, current atheist pro-lifer)
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To: Atchafalaya
If immigration continues unchecked, in 20 years Latinos will be in the majority and Anglos and African Americans may very well need the protection of the Voting Rights Act.
19 posted on 07/30/2006 12:20:23 AM PDT by trumandogz
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To: Darkwolf377

You didn't have to.


20 posted on 07/30/2006 12:21:15 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (There ought to be one day-- just one-- when there is open season on senators. ~~ Will Rogers)
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To: Herford Turley

Apparently so...


21 posted on 07/30/2006 12:22:46 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (There ought to be one day-- just one-- when there is open season on senators. ~~ Will Rogers)
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To: Darkwolf377

"Flame away, but especially considering how important it is to some and how harmless it is to anyone else, I see nothing wrong with this at all."



THAT needed repeating.

Harmless? I think not.

I've been living with stereotypes such as yours
all of my life, but it still hurts.


22 posted on 07/30/2006 12:49:47 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (There ought to be one day-- just one-- when there is open season on senators. ~~ Will Rogers)
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To: dixiechick2000
Ah, a mind reader.

Keep your assumptions to yourself. You know nothing about what I think, but it's interesting the assumption you make. I said nothing about the south, and thought nothing about the south, merely of how the act affects blacks who approve of it.

But there will always be those crybaby "poor me" 'victims' who think everyone's talking about them, when in fact it's not always about you. Sometimes people simply care about someone else's interests, and aren't trying to slam you. But you go on with the victim pose, as in your FReepmail to me. When you grow up maybe you won't buy into that ideology of victimhood, but it's just too attractive for some sorts.

23 posted on 07/30/2006 12:50:05 AM PDT by Darkwolf377 (Former Catholic, current atheist pro-lifer)
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To: dixiechick2000
I've been living with stereotypes such as yours all of my life, but it still hurts.

What stereotype did I express, and how did it "hurt" you?

Please, none of this mindreading bull--cut and paste the "stereotype" I expressed.

24 posted on 07/30/2006 12:51:00 AM PDT by Darkwolf377 (Former Catholic, current atheist pro-lifer)
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To: dixiechick2000

P.S. I just realized whatever answer you give will be as paranoid and witless as your previous posts, so don't bother. Have a good night.


25 posted on 07/30/2006 12:55:18 AM PDT by Darkwolf377 (Former Catholic, current atheist pro-lifer)
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To: Darkwolf377

Paranoid?

ROTFLOL!


You've in the past accused me of wearing a white hood.


26 posted on 07/30/2006 1:10:38 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (There ought to be one day-- just one-- when there is open season on senators. ~~ Will Rogers)
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To: Darkwolf377

BTW, you mentioned my freepmail to you.

I'll post mine if you will post your reply.

Or, to save time, I'll just post your reply,
since you were so thoughtful as to go into
such detail.


27 posted on 07/30/2006 1:16:34 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (There ought to be one day-- just one-- when there is open season on senators. ~~ Will Rogers)
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To: Jedi Master Pikachu

Washington D.C are now Slave Masters to the VRA Southern States.


28 posted on 07/30/2006 11:47:02 PM PDT by NormanTuttle
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