Saturday, October 30, 2004

another right bites the dust

The Bush administration is suing to give Ashcroft exclusive authority over voting disputes under the 'Help America Vote Act' that was established after the republicans subverted the democratic process of the last presidential election. Talk about having the fox guard the henhouse.

In its argument that 'only the Justice Department, and not voters themselves, may sue to enforce the voting rights set out in the Help America Vote Act', the Bush administration is trying to undo a civil right that was hard won during the 60s, when the NAACP, the AFL-CIO, and the League of Women Voters fought for the right of individual voters to sue to enforce federal election law - a right that the Justice Department and the Supreme Court have upheld until now. But this administration is saying that if they do something to deny you your right to vote, they themselves get to decide whether or not they did anything wrong, and you have no say in the matter.

This is just flat-out anti-American. The Bush camp is consolidating power in the executive branch (defying the Constitutional separation of powers that was put in place expressly to avoid situations like this), slashing yet another civil right, and flaunting their scorn for the American people. It's time for this shit to stop.