A common phrase on the Left is that everybody is playing checkers while President Obama is playing 3-Dimensional Chess. While Congress takes a much-needed vacation, President Obama has taken the time to make a few changes in who will be defending the voters in the coming months.
States like North Carolina and Texas continue to try to strip away voting rights from minorities. In a devastating blow to citizen’s rights to vote, the Supreme Court gave permission to states to change any law they so desire with little to no oversight by the government. Previous to the Supreme Court ruling, under the Voting Rights Act of 1965, states with a history of racial discrimination had to receive permission to change voting laws through the United States District Court for the District of Columbia or by the Attorney General. States were able to “bailout” if they showed no discrimination in the polling place for at least 10 years.
After that part of the VRA was struck down, states went on a spree making it harder for minorities and the poor to vote. From Voter-I.D. laws to requiring an exact match of names on a persons I.D. and voter information, which could be difficult especially for newly married or divorced women, states suddenly had a green light.
President Obama has made changes to the Department of Justice that has these states scared. Last month, President Obama nominated Debo Adegbile to be the new Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights. Adegbile worked as a senior counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. Prior to that, he worked for over a decade in the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Education Fund. He also argued for the Voting Rights Act in front of the Supreme Court twice. In other words, he knows his stuff.
Last Friday, President Obama made yet another change to the Department of Justice that should have Republicans looking to strip voting rights worried, and those concerned about our civil rights cheering.
Pam Karlan was placed as the Deputy Attorney-General for Civil Rights, and will be working under Adegbile to fight attacks against the VRA. From politicususa.com:
Karlan has the combination of legal scholarship and experience as effective civil rights attorney. She co-wrote the brief that brought an end to the Defense of Marriage Act. Pam Karlan was assistant counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Education fund and was a professor at the University of Virginia School of Law before she joined the Stanford faculty in 1998. President Obama abandoned plans to nominate her for the Federal Appeals Court in 2012. Oh, did I mention that she wrote the leading text book on Voting Rights, along with several books on constitutional law and civil rights?
President Obama, in 2012, was set to nominate Karlan to the Federal Appeals Court, but withdrew that attempt. At the time, President Obama stated he was not going to pursue her, and instead would nominate a more moderate judge that would not invoke a fight from the Right.
At the time, several sources inside of the Obama Administration stated that Karlan’s withdrawal was part of a specific plan. Critics thought that President Obama was being too complacent with the Right. As it turns out, President Obama had another trick up his sleeve, and was waiting for the right time to pull it off.
The addition of Karlan and Adegbile should have Democrats, and those worried about the safety of our elections, cheering. Republicans are busy creating a fake problem, so they can present the fix to the “so-called” problem, which will benefit them. As they say, follow the money. Hidden inside many of these Voter-I.D. laws are provisions that allow the infusion of donations from corporate interests to state political campaigns.
Even assuming that voter-fraud is a real problem, exactly how are political contributions meant to remedy it? As has been laid out extensively in the past, voting fraud is not a real problem. If somebody was trying to rig an election, a single vote in a winner-take-all society would not be enough to sway any one candidate. The real issue is inside election-fraud—what goes on behind the scenes.
President Obama has a coolness in his demeanor that can be frustrating at times for many passionate Lefties, myself included. However, he always has an endgame in site that keeps us in the best interest. He understands the political waters and what is achievable at any one time and what is simply treading water. There is no interest in political gaming, only what is right. Karlan and Adegbile have a lot of work ahead of them, but with President Obama and the people supporting their efforts, they should be a welcome addition to the Department of Justice.
Debo Adegbile will be leading the fight to restore the most important parts of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. An interview with Debo while the VRA was being heard in front of the Supreme Court.