It should be clearly resolved by now that today’s class of political conservatives is a mindless group of ideologues that tries to save itself from being losers by committing its energies to not being winners. In Ohio, for example, we are burdened with a bizarre collection of rusticated Republican lawmakers carting into the Statehouse on the Chisholm Trail from the great open spaces of their carefully guarded districts out of reach of urban voters.
Despite the evidence of the past presidential election that they are scarcely a regenerative force in broadening their slack appeal to the masses (beyond Mitt’s 47 pct.), once these motley vestiges of the old Texas cattle-herders step down from their wagons and ox carts to create havoc for minorities, women and the poor and lame, they are on the clock for eventual oblivion. Not that they look that far ahead.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s disgraceful contribution to clamped voting rights is merely one more step to extending the Republican efforts in Ohio to hand elections to the white guys. (Remember: white gals do not get the same attention in the Franklin County stable otherwise known as the Statehouse.)
Oh, we realize that every time the issue pops up, Secretary of State Jon Husted demurs with the sort of hurt “How-could-you-accuse-me-of-
But, guys, it didn’t work in November as Barack Obama emerged from the “battleground state” the victor. Meantime, in the wake of the devastating defeat for the GOP, reports emerged that voter fraud – the essence of the white guys’ store-bought argument – didn’t exist.
And just as a restrictive labor bill was thrashed on the ballot – an ill-conceived anti-union attempt by right-wing financiers – Republican officials will be working late into the night to figure a way to apply the Supreme Court decision to the 2014 election in Ohio. It would be of a piece with more right- to- work dreams by the un-thinkers, as well as abortion, same-sex marriage, minimum wage and brownie points for going to church at least once a month. (But no hand-clasping in schools.)
That fairly sums up the national brand of the Republican Par-tea as well as in Ohio.
And for those who say that the Supremes’ 5-4 vote was not aimed at winning elections for white conservatives, it can be easily demonstrated that nowhere in the high-sounding chatter do minority voting rights figure progressively in the decision.
But the conservatives are kidding themselves if they ignore the developing well-paved highway to the future. The ox-carts will be rotting in the barns.
CODA: Before anyone yaps that in fairness the Supremes came out in support of gay marriage, I would respond that with this issue nobody was talking about skin color. Also, the hard-core four held out on this one, too.
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