Liberals gave us the weekend
House Republicans almost killed renewal of the Voting Rights Act.
One of the 33 holdouts was Rep. Patrick T. McHenry (R-N.C.). "Some politicians in Washington wouldn't dare vote against this bill because they'd be lambasted by the media and liberal interest groups," McHenry said. "I will not go along with bad public policy in the name of political correctness .... This bill is a 1960s solution for a 21st century world."
Oh yeah -- and the Bill of Rights was a solution for an 18th century world. In the 21st century, we have torture, no due process, government-sanctioned threats against members of the press, a minimum-wage standard that guarantees poverty, record deficits being passed on to our children, and the sale of our security to a totalitarian communist nation.
Let's see ... liberals gave us eight-hour work days and the weekend. Liberals gave us workplace safety. Liberals gave women the right to vote. Liberals gave us Social Security at a time when as soon as you couldn't work anymore, you faced poverty until death. Liberals gave us anti-child labor laws. Liberals gave us the GI Bill. Liberals ended legal discrimination, often at the cost of their own lives. Oh ... yes ... we can even say that liberals gave us -- not just a balanced budget -- but a projected budget surplus, until a certain "compassionate conservative" turned that surplus into a multi-trillion-dollar burden on our children.
Which one of those liberal achievements should we get rid of?
Let's not forget that classic liberals gave us free market capitalism, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and an end to the unchecked power of monarchs -- ahh, but those were the good old days.
With George W. Bush, we have a gravy train for friends in war-profiteering corporations, a radical right-wing theocracy that intimidates and prosecutes the press, and rigged elections courtesy of Diebold electronic voting machines and Republican Secretaries of State.
And speaking of voting irregularities, liberals also gave us the Voting Rights Act.
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 ended literacy tests, poll taxes, and all other means of disenfranchising people of the most fundamental right in a democracy by requiring voting procedural changes in targeted states to be submitted to the Department of Justice for review.
Literacy tests, ey ... hmmm ... come to think of it, if we repealed the Voting Rights Act, more liberals would probably win ....
Actually, given the election irregularities and precinct tampering in places like Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas, maybe we need an expansion of enforcement of the Voting Rights Act.