Cultural Revolutions

The "R" Word

The GOP’s latest legislative attack on the South provides a good look at just how far the Republicans have gone on their racial and multicultural guilt trip.

In July, President Bush and his Myrmidons saddled the country, in general, and Dixie, in particular, with a 25-year extension of the ill-conceived Voting Rights Act.  If ever a piece of legislation provided the opportunity for an alleged conservative Republican to demonstrate at least a little backbone, it was this one.  Alas, it wasn’t to be.  In fact, it is a miracle a few Republican worthies weren’t trampled to death in the mad rush of pachyderms to vote for the bill.  In the Senate, this relic passed 98-0; in the House, 390-33.

Fearing the R word, Republicans from the South lined up against their homes and people.  Here in the Shenandoah Valley, Rep. Bob Goodlatte was true to form.  Citing some 700 alleged violations of the Act—18 of them in Virginia—he voted “Aye.”  Rep. Frank Wolf, a Republican who represents the multicultural mess known as Northern Virginia, joined the lowing herd with Virginia’s two senators, George Allen and John Warner.

Passed in 1965, the Voting Rights Act requires most of the South and a few other states to get the federal government’s imprimatur before running an election.  The idea was to correct racial discrimination at the...

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