Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Civil Rights Are Not Subject To Popular Vote

Civil rights are not subject to popular vote. If they were, then:

- South Carolinians would still own slaves

- Black Americans would not have the right to vote

- Lunch counters, buses & drinking fountains would still be segregated in many Southern states where introduction of FEDERAL civil rights legislation was very unpopular in the 60s

- Sheriff Joe Arpaio could detain suspects without reasonable cause, for as long as he and his deputies wanted to, and all the scared elderly and Red State Republicans would cheer him on enthusiastically. ("Oh I like that Sheriff Joe" - I hear repeatedly out of the lips of rich, blue haired, AARP members in Arizona)

Civil Rights: right or rights belonging to a person by reason of citizenship including especially the fundamental freedoms and privileges guaranteed by the 13th and 14th amendments and subsequent acts of Congress including the right to legal and social and economic equality.

For those Americans who think that Civil Rights are subject to a popular vote, you're living in the wrong country. The US Constitution says otherwise.

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