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masturbation-ayurveda-and-healing-1The 2014 mid-term elections are over.  The politicians and their respective staffs who won are claiming the spoils of victory and those who lost are licking their wounds and searching for answers.  Why did the losers lose and the winners win?

Well, Citizen United v Federal Election Commission is a reasonable contemporary place to start looking at the 2014 election results. The case was filed in 2008; argued in 2009; and ruled on in 2010 by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). The 5-4 decision says “Political spending is a form of protected speech under the First Amendment, and the government may not keep corporations or unions from spending money to support or denounce individual candidates in elections. While corporations or unions may not give money directly to campaigns, they may seek to persuade the voting public through other means, including ads, especially where these ads were not broadcast.” SCOTUSblog
http://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/citizens-united-v-federal-election-commission/
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/03/supreme-court-mccutcheon-citizens-united

But the Supreme Court was not finished.  They took aim at the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and on June 25, 2013 in another ideologically divided 5-4 decision the court in Shelby County v. Holder invalidated key parts of the Voting Rights Act and opened the flood gates to some of the most egregious voter suppression laws since Jim Crow “ended”. http://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/shelby-county-v-holder/

I voted

BTW, here in Nassau County Long Island New York - Did you vote in Sanitation District 6’s thing about a parking lot?  If you did you got a glimpse at how the ancestors were treated before the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and where we are headed as a country.  Voters were forced to sign a one page voter ID document before they could vote.   There were no translations into other languages and no provisions for independent or disinterested monitors to assist non-English speakers and the growing number of miss- educated “English speaking” citizens.  But I digress, back to SCOTUS.

The NY Times said “The [Supreme Court] decision will have immediate practical consequences. Texas announced shortly after the decision that a voter identification law that had been blocked would go into effect immediately, and that redistricting maps there would no longer need federal approval.” http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/26/us/supreme-court-ruling.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
To see the effects of the decision one may examine this ProPublica article http://www.propublica.org/article/voting-rights-by-state-map

The 2010 Census led to radical redistricting.  Here on Long Island the Republican Party carved individual homes and large groups of minorities into/out of districts.  Elmont residents were stacked into a narrow Gazza like strip on the western bank of Nassau County in the newly Gerrymandered 3rd Legislative District, and the 7th, 9th and 14th State Senate Districts crack, stack and pack the largely minority Elmont community.  Indeed several Elmont residents who live along the Cross Island Parkway now sit squarely in a Queens Senate District while those who live west of Elmont Road; North of Dutch Broadway (minus the “Queens Few”) are subjects of  9th Senate District.

Some may be tempted and even cajoled into conventional thinking about these election results.  Don’t be fooled into the voter apathy fraud.  Voter suppression is an official policy of the entrenched power matrix.  The country is on a force march to Demockery, a place or idea where voting is rhetorically akin to duty and honor but practically useless.  Ask the hundreds of voters in Elmont who attempted to cast votes for “the candidate of their choice” but were gerrymandered out of the 7th Senate District.  Ask residents of Sanitation District 6 who suffered the indignity of having to file a lengthy form before they were allowed to vote on November 6.  Next up, the electorate may be estimating the number jellybeans in a jar - AGAIN.

Among the political class the results were a foregone conclusion.  Fueled (aided and abetted) in part by the United States Supreme Court’s corporate personhood; gutting the Voting Rights Act of 1965; an avalanche of corporate money; and faux authenticity, the voters lost more than democracy on November 4th, they lost faith.  The electorate is marching toward Demockery repeating a familiar refrain,  “if only those other people over there would vote in larger numbers…”  But maybe, just maybe those people over there – 2/3 of voting age Americans that sat out got it right, just maybe they are asking themselves, “What ‘s the point of casting a meaningless vote?”

Like masturbation, meaningless voting feels good (that honor and duty thing) but unlike masturbation, where the seeds fall harmlessly to the ground meaningless voting produces http://nypost.com/2014/11/10/cuomo-had-a-secret-re-election-pact-with-republicans/

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 November 2014 04:48 )  

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