How could Republicans stop young people and minorities from voting?
Ask Hillary Clinton.
“What is happening is a sweeping effort to disempower and disenfranchise people of color, poor people and young people from one end of our country to the other,” she said at predominately black Texas Southern University last week.
Clinton was alluding to voting changes, such as requiring government-issued photo ID before voting and the U.S. Supreme Court invalidating Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. Under Section 5, certain states (mostly southern) were required to seek Department of Justice approval before making changes to their voting laws. After a Texas utility district, formed in 1986, sued for an exemption to this pre-clearance requirement, the high court invalidated the section as unconstitutional.
Black Americans and any other American minority can vote. This right is not under threat. Sadly, some people might believe Clinton’s scare tactics. An excerpt:
Mrs. Clinton’s early and aggressive stance on voting rights could help bolster her liberal credentials and energize black voters. In her appearance at Texas Southern University, where blues music and a high school marching band played before she arrived, she invoked the civil rights leaders who worked on the 1965 Voting Rights Act, in a speech that had the feel of an impassioned pitch to the young and minority voters who largely supported Mr. Obama over Mrs. Clinton in 2008, and whom she will need to win in 2016.
In response, Gov. Rick Perry said: “I think that the people of the state of Texas overwhelming support voter identification. And that’s what this is really about. Hillary Clinton believes that all wisdom emanates out of Washington D.C. She’s the classic Washington insider.”
Racial resentment, class envy, covetousness — the liberal pandering trifecta. As long as Clinton is in the race to return to the White House, she’ll harp on “disenfranchisement,” although blacks turned out in droves to vote for President Barack Obama.