The Obama Justice Department has overturned an election in the small town of Kinston, NC. The townspeople voted overwhelmingly to remove party affiliation from the ballots in local elections. The Justice Department nullified their wishes:
Voters in this small city decided overwhelmingly last year to do away with the party affiliation of candidates in local elections, but the Obama administration recently overruled the electorate and decided that equal rights for black voters cannot be achieved without the Democratic Party.
The Justice Department’s ruling, which affects races for City Council and mayor, went so far as to say partisan elections are needed so that black voters can elect their “candidates of choice” – identified by the department as those who are Democrats and almost exclusively black.
The department ruled that white voters in Kinston will vote for blacks only if they are Democrats and that therefore the city cannot get rid of party affiliations for local elections because that would violate black voters’ right to elect the candidates they want.
Several federal and local politicians would like the city to challenge the decision in court. They say voter apathy is the largest barrier to black voters’ election of candidates they prefer and that the Justice Department has gone too far in trying to influence election results here.
Stephen LaRoque, a former Republican state lawmaker who led the drive to end partisan local elections, called the Justice Department’s decision “racial as well as partisan.”
“On top of that, you have an unelected bureaucrat in Washington, D.C., overturning a valid election,” he said. “That is un-American.”
The decision, made by the same Justice official who ordered the dismissal of a voting rights case against members of the New Black Panther Party in Philadelphia, has irritated other locals as well. They bristle at federal interference in this city of nearly 23,000 people, two-thirds of whom are black. (emphasis added)
Wow. Blacks and the poor must be compelled to vote for Democrats; workers must be compelled to unionize, and so forth. Because, you know, if people reject left-leaning choices then they have been duped, tricked, defrauded, or scammed. There are no legitimate alternatives to liberalism, there is only racism, bigotry, hate, and greed. I think that’s what the Justice Department is saying here.
Since liberals have gained full control of the Federal government, the “fairness” facade that they have so carefully erected and maintained for the last forty years is starting to crack. Now we know it’s not about “justice” and “civil rights” — it’s about rigging public offices and private advocacy groups to become permanent Democrat strongholds. They can’t deny it any longer.
Maybe AG Holder was right after all. It seems to me that liberals are very afraid of having an honest discussion about race in this country, because to do so would probably cost them a great deal of their power.
There is another good analysis of this decision by Clarice Feldman at Pajamas Media. Ms. Feldman concentrates on the influence that the Voting Rights Act played in the Justice Department’s ruling. She also notes a comment by Abigail Thernstrom, the vice-chair of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission:
The Voting Rights Act is supposed to protect against situations when black voters are locked out because of racism. There is no entitlement to elect a candidate they prefer on the assumption that all black voters prefer Democratic candidates.