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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Congressman Goodlatte: Finally on the Correct Side of a Civil Rights Issue!

Congressman Bob Goodlatte, who is often on the wrong side of civil rights related issues, recently voted to reauthorize the 1965 Voting Rights Act. For this - as one of your 650,000 constituents - I congratulate you Congressman Goodlatte!

To a fanatical few, Goodlatte's vote to reauthorize the 1965 Voting Rights Act is viewed as a slap in the face to the Commonwealth's electoral sovranty. I feel the opposite. Those who are frustrated by Goodlatte's vote to renew this act give anemic justification for opposing Goodlatte's vote.

It appears these individuals/institutions (with this fringe view) believe that the reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act somehow shackles the Commonwealth to years of strict draconian Federal oversight in regard to the election process. This simply isn't true. In case you're counting, only 33 Congressmen voted not to reauthorize the act. Fortunatley no Virginia Congressperson is part of this shameful group...

I suggest that these individuals review Virginia's torid and colorful past in regard to voting rights. Also, take a look at challenges that might be faced in the future.

Simply said, the reauthorizing of the 1965 Voting Rights Act is not an attempt to cede the electoral process to unnecessary Federal control or intervention. This act reassures all voters in the Commonwealth that the proper channels exist for maintaining a fair and open election process. Hopefully, the Commonwealth will not repeat the sins of the past (see above), but let's not "throw the baby out with the bathwater" on something so vital to basic democracy...agree?

After voting to renew the act Congressman Goodlatte stated, "I believe the right of each individual to vote is one of the most precious rights we hold as American citizens."

Amen to that Congressman Goodlatte!


  • At 7/19/2006 3:47 PM, Blogger Howling Latina said…

    No congratulations are in order; he first tried to strip bilingual ballots of naturalized citizens, who may or may not be be fluent in English, receive their news from the many Spanish media organizations, and were exempted by having their naturalized exam in Spanish.

  • At 7/20/2006 9:13 AM, Blogger Tom Wise said…

    You're right Goodlatte has a despicalbe Civil Rights voting record...

    still, He could have easily chosen to vote againts the reauthorization of this act, with ZERO poltical fall out...BG be will my congressman for a long time, short of being sent to prison (e.g. Duke Cunningham) and even then he could probably still work it out (maybe he could cast his votes from a prison phone?)

    Regarless, I guess my point is to achnowledge good behavior with the hopes that it will continue

  • At 7/20/2006 7:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    maybe virgl goode could vote from a jail cell with duke cunningham...

    # for yea, * for nea

    or he could just sell his vote to the highest bidder, oh, wait, he alread does..scratch that.


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