“If we define an American fascist as one who in case of conflict puts money and power ahead of human beings, then there are undoubtedly several million fascists in the United States. There are probably several hundred thousand if we narrow the definition to include only those who in their search for money and power are ruthless and deceitful.” The Danger of American Fascism, Henry A. Wallace, 1944
For you see, the world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes. — Coningsby: Or The New Generation And, The governments of the present day have to deal not merely with other governments, with emperors, kings, and ministers, but also with the secret societies which have everywhere their unscrupulous agents, and can at the last moment upset all the governments’ plans.
— Benjamin Disraeli, Speech at Aylesbury, Great Britain, September 10, 1870
How do the courts do it? Simple. By invoking the Race Card™, unbiased fair-minded judges are able to satisfy themselves that demanding a voter identify himself (or herself, itself, etc.) is racist. In fact, one justice said that North Carolina’s law clearly showed “racially-discriminatory intent” and that the law would “target African-Americans with almost surgical precision”. And who can argue against that? It’s true that you can apply for free voter identification cards in Wisconsin, North Dakota, North Carolina, and Texas, but that’s not the point. Asking someone who isn’t white to identify themselves is so patently racist, it takes one’s breath away to think that voter ID laws and other Jim Crow legislation still exist in this country.
Being progressive, we’re not saying that minorities are less intelligent or less capable of getting voter IDs than white people. Oh, who do I think I’m fooling? Of course we are. Let’s just put that on the table for all to see. We’re progressives. We have demanded lower standards for minorities for so long because we honestly see them as inferior. You know it, and I know it. We think these laws are racist simply because we assume the inability of a person of minority status to figure out how to get a voter ID without handholding from a compassionate white progressive. There, just admit it and feel better about yourself. After all, assuming minorities are inferior isn’t racism, it’s compassion.
But back to the subject at hand. Let’s hope that what was begun in these four states is only the beginning. If more such laws are struck down over the next month or two, it will be too late to challenge them successfully in higher courts and get the decisions overturned before the election. The newly empowered SuperVoters™ may be able to tip the election in some districts.
Finally, we will see the end of White Privilege™ in this country, and we’ll elect an old white woman in a white pantsuit instead of Trump who is just too dark to be our next president.