President Lyndon Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act of 1965
It has been reported that The Governor of The State of Florida has sent a letter to The United States Department of Justice which is purported to say that despite warnings from the Justice Department that Florida’s Voter Purge is illegal, the purge will continue.
It appears to me that Florida’s “Duly Elected” leadership may have decided to defy Federal Government Authority to enforce the Voting Rights act of 1965 as well as The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 and that if compliance is not forthcoming, The Fed may decide to sue the State of Florida in an effort to force compliance with the laws.
Now I guess my first question would be, “Why would the Department Of Justice have the remotest idea that it would do any good to “Sue” Florida to force compliance with the law? Wouldn’t that question end up before The United States Supreme Court – – – the same court that brought us “Citizens United?” – – – The same Court that is presently constituted with more Conservative Members than Liberal?
Even though I do not know, I am fairly certain in my opinion that the matter would not be decided by The Florida Supreme Court, correct? (I was going to say “Right?” but I like to avoid the use of that word whenever I can – – – I am sure you understand.)
In my opinion, the way politics is shaping up in America these days, it would be futile to try to “Sue” The State of Florida in any situation that might be decided by The U.S.Supreme Court as it is presently constituted.
So how should this situation be confronted by The Fed?
It all kind of reminds me of something that happened in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on or about June 11, 1963 when then Governor George Wallace had staged a defiance of a Federal Order demanding desegregation of Public Schools.
It seems that The President of The United States of America at that time in History apparently decided to demonstrate how Federal Law took precedence in such matters – – – and The President ordered Federalized National Guard troops to go down to Tuscaloosa and escort two black students to class in spite of the defiant governor.
President Kennedy apparently didn’t feel any need for pursuing the ultimate good of the nation in a court situation and, in my opinion, there is no need for the Fed to be dancing around the issue now.
The Law is the Law and in my opinion should be enforced. I believe The Federal Government has the right – – – given to it by the Citizens Of The United States – – – to enforce the law and I think it should enforce the law with any means at hand – – -If The Federal Government decides that The Law is being violated in Florida I think it is totally appropriate for Federal Troops to go down there en masse and post haste and insure the Citizens’ Rights to vote. That is my opinion and the sooner it is done, the better!
Posted by John Liming as part of his continued Diaries of political Opinions.
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