GOP Senate Candidate Suggests The Voting Rights Act Of 1965 Should Be Overturned

Think Progress

Rep. Todd Akin, the GOP’s candidate for U.S. Senate in Missouri, suggested in an interview that it was time to “look at or overturn” the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Asked directly if seminal federal civil rights legislation that prohibits discriminatory voting procedures needed to be modified or scrapped, Akin said that states — not the federal government — should set voting rules. According to Akin, elections “have historically always been a state thing” and that’s a “good principle.”

Fired Up Missouri has the video from St. Louis Fox 2

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 prohibits the states from implementing voting procedures that “discriminate on the basis of race, color or membership in a language minority group.” The law built on the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which “prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance.”

Akin has a reputation for extreme views on a variety of topics.

Fox 2 is scheduled to release more of their interview with Akin on Sunday.

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3 responses to “GOP Senate Candidate Suggests The Voting Rights Act Of 1965 Should Be Overturned

  1. A few years ago, if you’d told me that the Voting Rights Act was be open for discussion, I would have thought you were mad.

    I can’t tell you how much this sickens me.

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  2. labman57

    Akin is simply aping similar comments previously made by that poster child of right wing constitutional revisionism, Rand Paul.

    We are the Tea Party movement. Our goals:

    1. Take back the country, because we refuse to be associated with it so long as that black, foreign-born, socialist Muslim is living in the White House.

    2. Return to the values and tenets of our Founding Fathers. If they wanted a Civil Rights Act in America, why did so many own slaves? If they believed that women and ethnic minorities should be able to vote, then why didn’t they include these rights in their final draft of the U.S. Constitution?

    3. Destroy “ObamaCare”, because the government has no business regulating the private health care insurance industry. And because the government has no right to kill grandma. That’s the job of your HMO or PPO. And by the way, keep your filthy hands off my Medicare coverage!

    4. Create a smaller government, because the feds have no business telling Americans what do to … unless you’re gay, or you wish to purchase marijuana for personal use, or you need an abortion, or you wish to obtain contraceptives.

    5. Demonstrate our support for the health and well-being of women … by greatly reducing affordable access to breast cancer screenings and other preventative health care resources … and by requiring women to “spread them” and provide a womb with a view for Uncle Sam.

    6. Deny the impact of human activity on climate change. Because everyone knows that if global warming is real, it’s simply “God’s will”.
    7. Make Christianity the official religion and English the official language of the United States, because native English-speaking, Christian folks are the only truly patriotic Americans.

    8. Destroy labor unions, because besides the 40-hour work week, paid vacation time, workers’ compensation, sick days, overtime pay, regulations regarding workplace health and safety conditions, health benefits, pension plans, etc. … what have they ever done for the typical American wage earner?

    9. Stop spending so much money! Except when we need to invade another country that pisses us off. Or if it’s done to support programs and policies that help to further our own political agendas.

    10. Reduce the deficit … at the same time that we’re gonna give kickbacks to the lobbyists and huge tax breaks to all of those corporations and ultra-wealthy individuals that helped to finance our little “party”.

    11. Embrace an economic scorched earth policy approach to reducing the national debt. Because if Congress refuses to eliminate Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, we’ll do everything in our power to destroy the economic viability of the nation. Negotiation and compromise is not in our repertoire — It’s our way or the highway.

    12. To demonstrate our commitment to our sacred U.S. Constitution, we strive to eliminate those Amendments that conflict with our ideology and simply ignore other sections that we find inconvenient to honor.

    13. To demonstrate our patriotic love for this nation, we propose to secede from the Union.

    14. And if you won’t let us attain our goals by electing us to office … well, we can always resort to “Second Amendment remedies”.

    Any questions?

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    • Labman, I read all 14 points and I must say, you have captured the essence of Tea Party thought (as it relates to our Government) down to the very last twisted detail. You are definitely paying attention.

      More of us should do the same and get to the polls to stop this insanity.

      Folks who oppose this form of governing should get out and vote.

      If there are obstacles …

      Check to see if you are registered to vote: http://www.canivote.org/

      If you don’t have ID get one.

      If you can’t get to the ID place contact your candidate’s local campaign office at least 2 months before the election. This will allow older citizens to send for birth certificate to take to the local Government ID Office.

      Campaigns on both sides have volunteer services to drive people to go and get their documents

      Mainly…

      G E T O U T A N D V O T E!!

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