The United Nations will weigh in on American Voter ID laws

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After two Wisconsin federal judges struck down a controversial Voter ID law in the state – and the Department of Justice struck down a similar Voter ID law in Texas – the United Nations will weigh in on American Voter ID laws. The NAACP is appearing before the UN Human Rights Council to argue that Voter ID laws suppress the minority vote. As the Senior Vice President of the NAACP, Hillary Shelton, said, “This really is a tactic that undercuts the growth of our democracy.”

The UN, of course, has no say on domestic law in the United States – and the UN Human Rights council is chock-full of nations that also have habits of suppressing minority votes, like Saudi Arabia and China. But as elected leaders are increasingly replaced by technocrats in Europe and in Michigan – the death of democracy around the world should be a real concern for the International body.

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Quote Thom Hartmann Administrator: The UN, of course, has no say on domestic law in the United States – and the UN Human Rights council is chock-full of nations that also have habits of suppressing minority votes, like Saudi Arabia and China. But as elected leaders are increasingly replaced by technocrats in Europe and in Michigan – the death of democracy around the world should be a real concern for the International body.

Well, I hope so. It's certainly a real concern for most people who post here!

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We need to kick the US hating, sponging UN out of the US and quit funding them!

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There is no United Nations and there never has been. So long as any country has veto power then only those countries with veto power are members of the club and everyone else is nothing more than a beard. For the U.N. to step in over voter ID laws when they didn't step in over the hanging chad controversy and the subsequent dishonest "awarding" of the presidency merely indicates that those people at the UN are simply playing a game.

What the world needs now is a new international body where one country has one vote and there is no such thing as a "security council". For such a new body to assume power and responsibilities and for it to be believed to be a responsible body then it will have to be located in the country that has the most moral stature in the world. Without question the only country that could fulfill that requirement is Cuba, therefore Cuba should be asked first if they would accept the hosting of the new world body and if they decline then a short list should be drawn up of which other countries might be suitable as the second best option.

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Whose moral standards are going to be used to assess that? Again by whose standards is that to be based on?

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Somewhere among the Founders' cherished words in the Declaration of Independence I remember them thinking that "the decent opinion of (hu)mankind mattered," and that having a government worthy of respect was a duty that motivated their radical actions. I find this outrage that anything outside the US ought to matter to us to be part of the 'exceptionalist' narcissism about America that makes today's cons such a problem. We spend all this rhetoric praising our "work" spreading democracy around the globe and when "the city set on a hill" turns out to be corrupted, we complain about the criticism we get. Where is the personal responsibility or any sense of shame. Typical bullshitter posting.

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Who is we, DRC? I have expressed (many times) my opposition to our "nation building", supposed spreading of democracy, our tying to be the world's police, our immoral warmongering for the profit of the MIC and corporate greed, whatever it is that we do when the economic hitman fails. The reason that your "city set on the hill" is so corrupt is because of just that- the inordinate amount of corporate influence on government and the corrupt UN. It is an instrument of the elite one world government globalist establishment. We need to stop! That might or might not change other corrupt regimes opinion about us or not. I don't really care what they think. That is why I like what Ron Paul stands for-us minding our own business. Unless and until we gert corporate influence and control out of our government, NOTHING is going to stop the slide to a OWG controlled by the banksters and global corporations. I can see the probl;em and refuse to take an apologist stance.

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Here is an update on the Wisconsin fight to stop the voter id law in that state ... turns out, the RNC was funding the appeal effort, and probably are financing the voter id law push in other states.

http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/rnc-funded-lawmakers-request-to-intervene-in-voter-id-case-dh5tpi6-160455455.html

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Quote Thom Hartmann Administrator:

After two Wisconsin federal judges struck down a controversial Voter ID law in the state – and the Department of Justice struck down a similar Voter ID law in Texas – the United Nations will weigh in on American Voter ID laws. The NAACP is appearing before the UN Human Rights Council to argue that Voter ID laws suppress the minority vote. As the Senior Vice President of the NAACP, Hillary Shelton, said, “This really is a tactic that undercuts the growth of our democracy.”

The UN, of course, has no say on domestic law in the United States – and the UN Human Rights council is chock-full of nations that also have habits of suppressing minority votes, like Saudi Arabia and China. But as elected leaders are increasingly replaced by techno-kakistocrats in Europe and in Michigan – the death of democracy around the world should be a real concern for the International body.

Love your post, just had to add a slight correction. The dictionary definition of a technocracy and geniocracy are not inherently evil. These forms of government would be if the Big-Bang-Theory guys decided to form a political party. Now a kakistocracy is inherently evil. The lower-minion globalists are in fact becoming the techno-kakistocrat political party. In America it is becoming a duo-techo-kakistocratic parties.

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It's good that someone from the outside is shedding light on what's going on with the suppression of voting rights in the US.

Maybe Jimmy Carter needs to weigh in on it, too.

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