Lebanon Reporter

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July 11, 2013

It's time to put Republicans on the defensive

Republicans chafe at the notion that they’ve declared war on women (and minorities and the working class). But what other conclusion can be drawn?

Republican-led statehouses are doing everything they can to make abortion as hard to obtain as possible. Tea-party Republicans in Congress treat illegal immigrants little better than animals. And the most reactionary Supreme Court in modern times backs the far-right agenda with its recent pro-business rulings and the evisceration of the Voting Rights Act.

The latter was an incredible betrayal of minorities. Congress just voted to renew the VRA in 2006 feeling it necessary to keep mostly southern states, with a history of voter suppression for blacks, answerable to Uncle Sam when setting up new voting laws.

Chief Justice John Roberts said that times had changed since 1965 and cited a black president and the fact that minority voter registration had risen. What a sorry excuse for a justice. When Roberts was a young lawyer in the Reagan administration, he wrote memos about how to get rid of the VRA. So it’s been on his agenda for quite a while.

Times have changed? A recent study by two law professors, Christopher Elmendorf and Douglas Spencer, found that, yep, people in six southern states are more inclined to racial discrimination than elsewhere in the country.

As for women, the hero du jour is Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis who talked her way through a Herculean 11-hour filibuster to thwart an abortion bill from white male Republicans who couldn’t get in a vote before the session deadline.

Gov. Rick Perry immediately called a special session of the legislature, which will surely get the job done though Davis and her growing supporters will have a lot to say.

The GOP-dominated Ohio legislature recently passed an abortion bill that redefines a fetus as “developing from the moment of conception rather than when a fertilized egg implants in the uterus,” according to Mother Jones magazine.

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