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Eric Holder, Voter ID, and the Chicago Way

How Chicago is playing racial politics with redistricting city wards.

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Abraham H. Miller

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January 16, 2012 - 12:01 am

If I hear one more hysterical outburst from some liberal, whose brain is hotwired to Attorney General Eric Holder’s mouth, about Jim Crow returning to South Carolina, I’m going to disconnect my television cable.  It seems this type of mindless volcanic eruption is a consequence of South Carolina requiring one of five forms of identification in order for someone to exercise the franchise. One of these means of identification South Carolina makes available free, in addition to providing free rides to the polls for anyone who asks.

As Eric Holder — the brains behind both the Fast and Furious gun-running scam and the decision to vacate a conviction of Black Panthers who stood at a Philadelphia polling place harassing white voters — would tell you, South Carolina is not interested in safeguarding the integrity of the franchise. Those southerners are just trying to prevent minorities from voting. The hard-won battle over the Voting Rights Act is being overturned. Liberals need to prepare to resist or face a return to the ugly days of Jim Crow!

So, what’s really going on here?  Liberals love to wax unbearably about culture, but they never want to ask the difficult questions about how one’s socialization into a political culture influences one’s view of the political world, or how that socialization shapes the way the struggle for political power is fought.

Obama’s Chicago is notorious for its corrupt voting practices.  In fact, one of the latest political jokes in Chicago is that there is now empirical and incontrovertible evidence that Muammar Gaddafi and Osama bin Laden are both dead.  Their names recently appeared on the city’s voting rolls.

In Obama’s world, elections are not contested; they are manipulated. In the 2008 Iowa caucuses, red and white chartered buses with Illinois license plates carried African Americans from Chicago to vote in Iowa. Obama’s ability to show that he could win in a rural, white, and somewhat conservative state like Iowa wasn’t a miracle; it was election engineering, the Chicago Way.

In anticipation of a hard-fought contest in 2012, President Obama wants to make sure that there is significant margin for voter fraud, especially getting illegal immigrants to vote. No one needs to tell you how illegal immigrants will vote.  And pro-Obama organizations, like ACORN, have traditionally engaged in massive election fraud. Anything that enhances the integrity of the voting process works against Obama.

And here in his hometown is the latest foray into election engineering, courtesy of former presidential chief of staff and current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, with assistance from Chicago’s African-American aldermen:

Because of  strong demographic changes, Chicago is undergoing its decennial redistricting with a vengeance.  The biggest demographic change is the drop in the percent of African Americans, an incredible 19%. Other ethnic groups have been stable with the exception of a rise in the city’s Hispanic population.  So, one would expect that under the standard redistricting principle of wards being carved up into equal population units, African Americans would be a lower percentage in some wards than they have been and Hispanics would be higher. The total population of any ward, however, would  remain roughly equivalent.

In an effort to keep African-American aldermen in power, Emanuel and his cronies have cut up the wards into different sizes, with white wards on the north and lakefront each having 56,000 inhabitants and black wards having closer to 51,000.  Making the white wards larger and thinning out the black wards preserves the wards of African-American alderman, while disenfranchising whites. This is racial discrimination.

Like the Black Panthers in Philadelphia intimidating whites at the polls, this is not going to be high on Holder’s lists of concerns.  Nor are liberals in Chicago, or elsewhere, going to have an apoplectic fit over it.  Don’t count on the ACLU hauling Emanuel into federal court or even standing in front of the television camera’s lens to denounce it, as the ACLU has done with South Carolina’s attempt to bring integrity to the voting process.

When it comes to South Carolina — or any other state — trying to preserve the honesty of the electoral process by requiring some form of voter identification, watch out. Voter integrity is the last thing Obama, his Justice Department, and his base want for 2012.

Abraham H. Miller is an emeritus professor of political science and a former head of the Intelligence Studies Section of the International Studies Association.
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