It is supremely ironic when Southern ‘conservatives’ look back fondly on the George W Bush years. It’s well worth remembering that the heir of the wealthy and powerful New England Bush family was not only a prolific warmonger, but also anti-Southern and anti-White. This goes well beyond Bush’s strong support for Third World immigration; it gets to the heart of US elimination of limited home rule (States’ rights) in the South and its attack on private property rights and conservative Southern Democratic Party rule. As we are reminded in a recent Yahoo News article, in 2006 Bush and the Republicans extended the Leftist legislation of the 1960s which imposed a second era of social experimentation (the first being the Reconstruction era) in universal democracy and equality – an experiment which has been nothing short of a disaster for Southerners. Some Southern States are trying to get the US Supreme Court to undo the damage that Bush and the Republicans caused by striking down the 25 year extension:
In 2006, Congress overwhelmingly approved, and President George W. Bush signed, legislation extending for 25 more years a critical piece of the Voting Rights Act. It requires states and local governments with a history of racial and ethnic discrimination, mainly in the South, to get advance approval either from the Justice Department or the federal court in Washington before making any changes that affect elections.
The court spoke skeptically about the provision in a 2009 decision, but left it mostly unchanged. Now, however, cases from Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas could prompt the court to deal head on with the issue of advance approval. The South Carolina and Texas cases involve voter identification laws; a similar Indiana law was previously upheld by the court.
It is unclear when the justices will decide whether to hear arguments in those cases. Arguments themselves would not take place until next year.