Thursday, July 13, 2006

The Do-Nothing-est rep finally gets going

Representative Lynn Westmoreland has finally sponsored his first legislation: an amendment to the Voting Rights Act that would basically gut its enforceability. Now, there are some provisions in the VRA that probably go too far, especially those requiring multilingual ballots without any end in sight. But most of the provisions address genuine threats to the rights of minority and disadvantaged voters. It is telling that the only issue that could rouse the Congressman from his stupor was one where he could stand up for the right of officials to disenfanchise their citizens.

For those unfamiliar with Mr. Westmoreland, this link is all the introduction you need. Take the five minutes to watch the interview. It would be funny if it were not so sad.

(Note: Since this was first posted, the Westmoreland and other amendments were voted down.)

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