Maybe it was a good thing when Congress renewed the Voting Rights Act

Here’s the start of an amazing story:

The Justice Department has chosen this no-stoplight, courthouse town buried in the eastern Mississippi prairie for an unusual civil rights test: the first federal lawsuit under the Voting Rights Act accusing blacks of suppressing the rights of whites.

The action represents a sharp shift, and it has raised eyebrows outside the state. The government is charging blacks with voting fraud in a state whose violent rejection of blacks’ right to vote, over generations, helped give birth to the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Yet within Mississippi the case has provoked knowing nods rather than cries of outrage, even among liberal Democrats.

The Justice Department’s main focus is Ike Brown, a local power broker whose imaginative electoral tactics have for 20 years caused whisperings from here to the state capital in Jackson, 100 miles to the southwest. Mr. Brown, tall, thin, a twice-convicted felon, the chairman of the Noxubee County Democratic Executive Committee and its undisputed political boss, is accused by the federal government of orchestrating — with the help of others — “relentless voting-related racial discrimination” against whites, whom blacks outnumber by more than 3 to 1 in the county.

His goal, according to the government: keeping black politicians — ones supported by Mr. Brown, that is — in office.

To do that, the department says, he and his allies devised a watertight system for controlling the all-determining Democratic primary, much as segregationists did decades ago.

Mr. Brown is accused in the lawsuit and in supporting documents of paying and organizing notaries, some of whom illegally marked absentee ballots or influenced how the ballots were voted; of publishing a list of voters, all white, accompanied by a warning that they would be challenged at the polls; of importing black voters into the county; and of altering racial percentages in districts by manipulating the registration rolls.

Read the rest here.  I bow to the fact that this is just one exceptionally corrupt county and that one cannot extrapolate to larger Democratic politics.  However, I do find it a cute little historical joke that, in the South, it is again the Democrats who obstruct access to the polls!

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  • http://ymarsakar.blogspot.com/ Ymarsakar

    it is again the Democrats who obstruct access to the polls!

    And as before, only the US federal military can stop Democrat terrorism.

  • JJ

    Yeah that is amazing – who knew Mississippi had a prairie?

    But the democrats? Not amazing. Not new. Not surprising. Not anything other than routine in the great tradition of Bull Connors, George Wallace, Al Gore Sr., and dozens of other good liberals.

  • Danny Lemieux

    Actually, Illinois had a similar case recently when a Democrat operative in East St. Louis tried to have someone killed because they were in a position to expose voter fraud. The Leftwing Democrat party is fundamentally a totalitarian movement.

  • Zhombre

    Oh come on, Danny. Fraud, graft and bare knuckle persuasion have always characterized big city political machines, just as plantation politics always dominated the rural South. The color of the knuckles has changed. Tactics remains the same. It’s hardly totalitarian. Totalitarian movements were an innovation of our cultural betters in Europe. They’re refined. We’re a carnival.

  • Danny Lemieux

    Z, the Leftwing Dems ARE Europeans, head, heart and soul.

  • Danny Lemieux

    For those that doubt the totalitarian leanings of the Democrat Left, consider those epiphany moments when their facade cracks and surrenders of view of what odious thoughts writhe inside: http://epw.senate.gov/fact.cfm?party=rep&id=264568.

  • Zhombre

    I’ll concede you have a point, Danny, with respect to the elite Left, in Tom Wolfe’s phrase basically colonials emlating their European betters, but I still insist a lot of the political machine shenanigans are about as “European” as a Dashiell Hammet novel. Mind you I grew up around Chicago, where big city political machines and corrupt pols were pretty much the norm.

  • Danny Lemieux

    We agree, Z. However, Chicago machine politics are more “outfit” than left-wing, and Mayor Daley, for all his faults, takes a lot of civic pride in “his” city. When Left-Wing Democrat policies are implemented in U.S. cities, you end-up with third-world enclaves like Philadelphia, Detroit, New Orleans, Baltimore, San Francisco, Newark and DC, but the problems are still pretty much sequestered. If you apply those same value and policies nationwide, you get “Europe”.

  • http://ymarsakar.blogspot.com/ Ymarsakar

    Totalitarian movements were an innovation of our cultural betters in Europe.

    Totalitarian movements came up THROUGH the socialist and Left wing revolutions, and eventually came to dominate and purge their fellow travelers. Sort of a survival of the fittest. The most ruthlessness and cruel, eventually got to the top and killed everyone else that could have challenged them for leadership. Mussolini did it to his Socialist brothers, and Hitler also did it to his Socialist brothers. Stalin as well, when Troustky was made to go away.

    Danny’s point is sort of valid in a way. Yes, the Left does bring into instance totalitarian systems. But the Left in the US, as we know it, is not at the totalitarian level, because they harbor too many weaklings, decadents, and folks who just play around for getting around. They do not have any of the “hardcore true believers” so to speak, in leadership over there, unchallenged leadership. While the Socialists may have hemmed and hawed over this or that, Hitler got straight to the point and started the purging. It is that kind of focus and vision, that kind of hate and ruthlessness, that allows governments to become totalitarian. Total will and total results.

    Democrats are too busy playing around, and their corrupt leadership is still fighting off the Soros and the Daily Kos kind of people. If the Daily Kos people were in charge, however, then you bet totalitarianism is but one small step for a man, away.

    historical movements and wars almost never just ‘happen’. There are always first causes, second causes, that help or hinder the motion towards a set path in the future.

  • jg

    Enjoyable commentary on an interesting post. Perhaps Danny’s European model (as in feudal) could apply to the South, as well.

    The South is ravaged by the state of her black population. This fellow worsens what is already bad. He and his white counterparts make it impossible for a man to be seen as your equal, a fellow citizen, someone with whom you share and create a community. The power bosses still run the South, but the race has changed. (See ‘King Willie’ in Memphis.) (Most know Ray Nagin.) The old hates, the old grievances, the old bosses.. and the many dis empowered.

    Pitting one against the other, so that the corrupt are the masters.

  • Danny Lemieux

    Good point, jg. In fact, pre-Katrina New Orleans is a perfect example. Most people could and would not leave in the face of Katrina because they were utterly dependent upon the “State” for their support and were powerless to take responsibility for their own destiny. Mayor Nagin, Governor Blanco and the other leaders of the Democrat/Left power structure had them exactly where they wanted them…until, that is, a natural disaster struck and showed the world the truly ugly side of a Democrat “Eu”topia. I suspect that many of New Orleans’ former residents will never return because, having seen another world out there, they have now been liberated in mind and spirit and shorn themselves of the shackles of dependency.

  • http://ymarsakar.blogspot.com/ Ymarsakar

    I suspect that many of New Orleans’ former residents will never return because, having seen another world out there, they have now been liberated in mind and spirit and shorn themselves of the shackles of dependency.

    There are several in Georgia right now, attending college, as we speak.

    Nothing like nature to take a dump on you to realize that “something might not be right”.