While the media idiotically prattles on about an imaginary rise of fascism in America, a real totalitarian threat goes largely unnoticed: the fact that Americans no longer have the right to self-government.
Case in point: the Hill reports that U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos has struck down Texas’s law requiring photo identification to vote — which was already a rewritten version meant to appease the leftists who struck down the previous 2011 law.
Why? It supposedly violates the Voting Rights Act because it was “enacted with the deliberate intent to discriminate against black and Hispanic voters.”
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) said after the ruling Wednesday that he will appeal the ruling, arguing that state lawmakers sufficiently changed the law to remove any discriminatory features.
“The U.S. Department of Justice is satisfied that the amended voter ID law has no discriminatory purpose or effect,” he said in a statement. “Safeguarding the integrity of elections in Texas is essential to preserving our democracy. The 5th Circuit should reverse the entirety of the district court’s ruling.”
Let’s be real here for a second: Ramos doesn’t sincerely believe a word he wrote. He knows full well there was nothing discriminatory about this law. He knows Democrats oppose voter ID because they want to steal elections. He knows that by nullifying the will of the Texas people as expressed through their duly elected legislators and governor, he was violating the very constitution he pretends to uphold.
That said, he’s not the problem. Not really. America will always have villains; the real problem is we have no heroes fighting them. After decades of judicial activism invalidating democracy on countless issues, why on earth do Republicans think that appeals and court battles are still enough?
Why aren’t rogue judges being impeached? Why hasn’t Congress exercised its constitutional power to curb the federal court system’s discretion, or break up courts that are especially contemptuous of America’s constitutional system? And, if we really want to think outside the box, why hasn’t it occurred to any Texas lawmakers to at least explore the idea of filing a defamation suit against Ramos personally for his premeditated, malicious slur of them as racists?
Those are rhetorical questions, of course. All of the above is what needs to happen, but is unthinkable to the incompetent, indifferent, unprincipled, and cowardly crop of Republicans dominating national office — who can’t be roused to genuine anger even to ensure that our elections aren’t stolen or that their results matter.