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Mark Jackson

I concur in Kevin Drum's dissent from your opinion:


Mike Peterson

Interesting and well-worth the read. I don't disagree with him.

I'd like, however, to see a challenge to New Hampshire's Voter ID law, which is based on the justification that people can simply go to DMV and get a drivers-license-type ID card to satisfy the requirement. In this rural state, you may have to go 60 miles or more to find a DMV office, which means taking at least a half-day off from work even if you have a car.

This is suppressing the poor vote and is coupled with the need for ID to get ID -- which disproportionately disadvantages the disadvantaged.

In fact, across the nation, that level of disadvantage tends to be disproportionately minority,but I think you can apply a test of fairness that is race-blind and still find it outrageous.

There has been some commentary linking the Shelby decision to the entire corporations-are-people bent of the current Congress, abetted by the courts, and I think the One Percent issue is, at this stage, more compelling than a racial charge.

I guess I don't see the courts as being able to overturn a situation where Congress declines to legislate and, when it does, declines to legislate on behalf of the 99 percent.

That's the sort of thing that has to be overturned on a more grassroots level, and not by sitting the park twiddling your fingers at speakers and forming drumming circles or by running through the streets shouting and staging disruptive pranks, but by going door-to-door, by staffing phone banks, by expending the kind of shoe leather that put us in a place where the original Civil Rights Act could happen.

It's pretty boring, but it's how things get done. And with this court, and this congress, it's the only way things are going to get done.

Mark Jackson

Just one more. Gav hit it out of the park today:


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