Elections matter... this is why.

If ever you aren't sure why elections matter, just take a look at our court system. Earlier this week, three judges – all appointed by Democrats – stood up for voting rights in North Carolina. Only days earlier, the most conservative members of the Supreme Court issued a stay to slash early voting in Ohio.

The three-judge panel on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reviewed North Carolina's new voting laws, and put a stop to two of the provisions that would have disenfranchised many voters in the upcoming election. While the democratic appointees declared “the right to vote is fundamental,” the right-wing justices on the Supreme Court allowed Ohio's restrictive voting laws to stay in effect this November.

To make matters worse, our nation's highest court didn't even hear arguments in the Ohio case, or provide any justification for their ruling. The distinction is clear. Judges appointed by Democrats understand that voting is a fundamental right in our nation. Judges who were appointed by Republicans see no problem with limiting our ability to participate in the democratic process.

Elections matter for many reasons, but the effect they have on our judicial system may be the most important reason why we have to get out and vote this November.

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AKPatriot's picture
AKPatriot 7 years 16 weeks ago
#1

Scalia's logic on the matter of (homo) sexuality is inescapable. Hell it's almost ironclad. LOL

truth springs e... 7 years 16 weeks ago
#2

carbon, carbon, blah, blah, blah . . .

while human activity is indeed a factor in global warming or whatever they are calling it these days, the consumption of flesh and blood (meat for the sensitive) is first and foremost the biggest problem that humans are contributing to this disaster.

The other culprit, first and foremost in tandem with animal consumption is geo-engineering aka atmospheric aerosol spraying aka chemtrails, along with scalar devices and equipment. This is the one that is cooking this planet from the top down.

Oh, but that's right, Thom likes to chastise and criticize his callers for wanting to speak out about this.

Well the good people of Shasta County want the truth, and held a full public hearing on this issue in July 2014.

Good on them! eh Thom?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOu3DZSeh84

"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."

Arthur Schopenhauer

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chuckle8 7 years 16 weeks ago
#3

truth springs -- could you not provide a little word evidence so I don't have to listen to youtube?

truth springs e... 7 years 16 weeks ago
#4

The full hearing was approx 3 hours, this version is approx 1 hour.

This is the first government hearing on this life altering issue in the United States. It is not entertainment. These are U.S. citizens, with regular lives like everyone else who have taken the time, effort and concern to speak up for the entire world about this program.

Mikeap53's picture
Mikeap53 7 years 16 weeks ago
#5

I have an idea to eliminate the corruption in government, get rid of our representatives! Why do we need them anymore? Their job was to go to Washington to initiate and vote on bills requested by the people not the corporations. With today's technology the citizens can vote on bills directly from their smart phones or computers. With the probably many, many billions of dollars that will be saved the government can install voting locations so the underprivileged can cast their ballot. Of course corporations would try to find a loophole and we would have to make sure all the holes are closed up. Every bill could be available for review for at least a week before a vote is taken. Let's get rid of those that are lying and taking advantage of the people of this country. We are in the 21st century let's act like it!

Mikeap53's picture
Mikeap53 7 years 16 weeks ago
#6

I have an idea to eliminate the corruption in government, get rid of our representatives! Why do we need them anymore? Their job was to go to Washington to initiate and vote on bills requested by the people not the corporations. With today's technology the citizens can vote on bills directly from their smart phones or computers. With the probably many, many billions of dollars that will be saved the government can install voting locations so the underprivileged can cast their ballot. Of course corporations would try to find a loophole and we would have to make sure all the holes are closed up. Every bill could be available for review for at least a week before a vote is taken. Let's get rid of those that are lying and taking advantage of the people of this country. We are in the 21st century let's act like it!

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inapert 7 years 16 weeks ago
#7

Do you honestly believe that elections are being held without any hacking or software influence? I dont see the folks that control our government letting an election of any type go against their wishes.

When the Diebold managers go to jail or worse for doing the bidding of their true bosses then we might have a chance.

Kend's picture
Kend 7 years 16 weeks ago
#8

Mike if you want to get rid of corruption you need to de centralize government. Give more power to the states and less to the Feds. Then take it away from the state and give more power to each county. It is a lot harder to steal when they are standing right in front of you.

chuckle8's picture
chuckle8 7 years 16 weeks ago
#9

The only thing that makes federal corruption not look so bad, is corruption at the local level.

chuckle8's picture
chuckle8 7 years 16 weeks ago
#10

THINK Ferguson, MO

Kend's picture
Kend 7 years 16 weeks ago
#11

That is true chuckles but at least it doesn't effect the whole country. That's why I always said health care should be done at the state level. Romney had the right idea. The bigger it is the bigger the corruption.

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