Thursday, July 13, 2006

Johnson Supports Radical Voting Rights Amendment

On Thursday, Congress approved a long overdue extension of the historic Voting Rights Act of 1965. Extending the landmark civil rights legislation was originally expected to be a simple procedure, however, the bill quickly became highjacked by the right-wing of the Republican Party. A bloc of primarily Southern Republicans proposed multiple amendments aimed at stripping away several key sections of the bill, but each amendment was overwhelmingly defeated with opposition coming from both Democrats and Republicans who recognized the clear attempts to weaken voter protections. Of the failed amendments, one sought to strip the act of provisions that require certain jurisdictions to provide voting ballots in a second language if the local community contains a certain percentage of Latinos, American Indians, Asian Americans, and Native Alaskans.

With the ongoing immigration debate, many people have come to automatically associate English as a second language with illegal immigrants. It's important to remember, however, that the people this amendment is referring to are all American citizens. Only legal, American citizens can vote. These particular citizens just happen to be from a cultural background where English is a second language. The proposed amendment would have therefore made it much more difficult for these Americans to exercise their constitutional right to vote. Republican James Sensenbrenner (WI) blasted the amendment saying:
"This is a poison-pill amendment. We're dealing here with United States citizens. Certainly we ought to give these people assistance."
Fortunately, a large number of Republicans united with Democrats in their opposition to the amendment and it was overwhelmingly defeated. Nancy Johnson, however, aligned herself with the right-wing of the GOP and supported the measure. In fact, Johnson was the only member of the entire Connecticut delegation to support the amendment. Rather than defending the fundamental right of every American citizen to vote, Nancy Johnson joined the fringe of her party in supporting this repressive amendment. Johnson's voting record once again dispels the myth of her "moderate" image and reveals her as the right-wing Republican she truly is.


Blogger LeftHottie said...

Why aren't people outraged about this? How can Nancy say she's our Congresswoman and for the people, when she's trying to strip away the voting rights of our own citizens!? Maybe she wants to position herself so that only her hardcore supporters will be able to vote. Hahahahahaha.....

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