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February 12, 2014 - 7:41 am

Attorney General Eric Holder is consistent about a few things. He thinks very little of ordinary criminal justice, and tends to favor criminals over their victims. After all, it’s Holder who wants a cop killer’s attorney to head up DoJ’s Civil Rights Division. Democrats in the Senate considering Debo Adegbile’s nomination refused to even hear from Mumia Abu Jamal’s surviving victim. Now, Holder is pushing to get felons’ voting rights restored.

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. called Tuesday for the repeal of laws that prohibit millions of felons from voting, underscoring the Obama administration’s determination to elevate issues of criminal justice and race in the president’s second term and create a lasting civil rights legacy.

In a speech at Georgetown University, Mr. Holder described today’s prohibitions — which in some cases bar those convicted from voting for life — as a vestige of the racist policies of the South after the Civil War, when states used the criminal justice system to keep blacks from fully participating in society.

“Those swept up in this system too often had their rights rescinded, their dignity diminished, and the full measure of their citizenship revoked for the rest of their lives,” Mr. Holder said. “They could not vote.”

Everything is about race and politics to Eric Holder. Every. Single. Thing. Well, that, plus he knows that he can stir the pot once in a while just by pointing his accusing finger at the rest of the country.

Speaking of accusatory fingers, Eric Holder was held in contempt of Congress for covering up his role in Fast and Furious, which left Border Patrol agent Brian Terry among the dead.

Reality: Only about 10 states currently ban felons from voting. Most states have provisions for felons who behave well in prison and show that they have reformed that allow them to apply and have their voting rights restored. The ACLU, which also wants felon voting rights fully restored, maps the felon voting laws among the states. Those states are not just in what was the Old Confederacy, as Holder seems to think.

Perhaps Holder should lean on Harry Reid to do something about Nevada, for instance.

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Felon voting is a state issue. States have the right to set their own policies. But Democrats know that the vast majority of felons would vote for them. Holder’s aim here isn’t about justice, it’s about politics — similar to the Democrats’ insistence on “comprehensive immigration reform.” They just want to manufacture more Democrat votes, however they can.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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It would help if you read the article and look at the map. Most states don't give felons lifetime bans now. It's a fringe issue, coming from a DoJ that scuttled the New Black Panther case and engineered Fast and Furious. Federalism means states can set their own policies.
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Also, as someone who happens to be black, Eric Holder can go screw himself. He sees himself as "Mr. Civil Rights", and then turns around and basically says that because I'm black, I must be a felon.

The contempt that progressive "elite" blacks have for their own race is far more disgusting than even the surviving white racists that might still be around.

Because not only does Holder hate the majority of black people who didn't go through the "connected" channels like he did, but he goes out of his way to try to make other races hate black people just so he can justify his own BS to himself.
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With felons and border crashers...the radical leftists have their base primed at the pump.

This "transforming" thing is really cranking out what a Democrat looks like.

If you look at their most recent hot button issues...the PERFECT DEMOCRAT would have the following characteristics.

Sneaks into the country, gets on welfare, commits a felony and doesn't work. Then blames Republicans and conservatives for 'keeping him down".

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As a former correctional officer who has studied some of the issues involved here, I must point out that some of you are under a misconception. We have two classes of crime, misdemeanors and felonies, for a reason. A convicted felon might serve the time, pay the fine or penalty, and so forth, but legally he never can "fully repay" his debt to society. That is the whole point behind classifying certain crimes as a felony.

We can and probably should discuss Holder's contention about restoring voting rights to those who have lost them by committing a felony. We should also have a serious national discussion about which crimes should be classified as such in the first place. But make no mistake about it: being a convicted felon is meant to be a lifelong blemish and to have lifelong consequences.

Decades ago this problem did not exist: most felonies were punished by execution. You did not have people roaming the streets after serving token sentences for hurting, robbing, or killing others. They had been killed by the state, typically just weeks after conviction, as exemplified by Leon Czolgosz's rapid punishment for killing President McKinley in 1901. I don't advocate a return to such policies (for most present-day felonies), but this puts the cryfest in perspective.
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Does this mean that released convicted felons can now automatically get their gun rights back as well? From his line of thinking it would appear so....
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Got to get those democrat votes!
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Don't necessarily agree with Holder's rationale, but I do agree that once someone has paid his debt to society, he should be able to vote again. In negative terms, that means prisoners and parolees should not be allowed to vote. When you go to prison, your public life - life as a citizen of your state and your country - gets put on hold. When you leave prison and finish your parole, your public life is restored. It shouldn't be complicated.
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After all, it’s Holder who wants a cop killer’s attorney to head up DoJ’s Civil Rights Division.

Be grateful that it's only the attorney who he wants in that job. At the rate things are going, a not-too-distant future Attorney General - maybe even Holder's immediate successor - will want the cop killer himself in the job!

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Holder just want more black democrat voters!
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On this one, on the substance rather than the style, Holder is right.

A felony conviction should not be a lifetime bar from voting.

What's more, that shouldn't be controversial with those who believe in limited government. Or who believe in our Constitution, which took a historically strong stance against unchecked and permanent punishment of citizens by the government.
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No, Holder is dead wrong on this issue. Felons forfeit their civil rights in that they have proved to be irresponsible citizens. For example, They can never legally own a gun again, and they should not be allowed to vote.

I do however support allowing felons who have finished their sentences to petition a court to have their civil rights restored. It should be on a case by case basis, and contingent on continued good behavior.
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I disagree with a general ban on felons voting, but if there has to be, then your idea of petitioning for restoration of rights is a good one.

There might be a middle ground - lifetime ban without petition for certain classes of felony, ban with petition for others, and no ban for the rest.
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It would help if you read the article and look at the map. Most states don't give felons lifetime bans now. It's a fringe issue, coming from a DoJ that scuttled the New Black Panther case and engineered Fast and Furious. Federalism means states can set their own policies.
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It's been established that over a thousand felons voted illegally in Minnesota, and they vote overwhelmingly for Democrats. Franken the Bad Comic won by 200 votes after multiple recounts that only found new Democrat votes, aided by the same Democrat operatives who pulled the same stunts in Oregon that cost the Republican the governorship.

This felon vote issue is just another in a huge pattern of Democrats doing everything possible on every front to gain every vote possible, laws, morals, ethics, principles be damned. Now Boehner, Ryan and other so-called Republicans want to hand them another 20 million votes with amnesty,

We need to start playing by their rules, which pretty much means no rules. It does no good to claim the moral high ground when you lose to Marxists, who recognize no morals except power.
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I think the fact that Mississippi and Alabama are on the list probably has a lot to do with it.
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Twenty states bar convicted felons on probation from voting and in eleven states the ex-felon must petition the state for reinstatement of voting rights - in reality few probably do given the sorry state of ex-felons. You are absolutely correct that it is a states rights issue, but that hardly prohibits Holder from offering his views. It may be a distraction from New Black Panther and Fast and Furious but no one should be subjected to ongoing penalty once their debt to society has been paid.
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Our ancestors in their wisdom chose to disenfranchise felons. One reason is so that convicted felons cannot band together in some area and legalize their favorite vice, say theft...say they develop an ideology that forgives the thief for stealing things that they were unfairly deprived of because of a lack of 'social justice'. You can extend this analogy much further, the problem is it
begins to look very much like the plan laid out for us by the Postmodern Marxist Left, all values are relative, "Who are we to say?" This ideology is dissolute and corrupt. An aphorism that I use is, "Left=Theft".

The Darkness is descending folks, sooner or later this will have to be knocked down. Decorate the ancestral tree with glory or collapse into moral indifference, your choice. Give me liberty.
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Also, as someone who happens to be black, Eric Holder can go screw himself. He sees himself as "Mr. Civil Rights", and then turns around and basically says that because I'm black, I must be a felon.

The contempt that progressive "elite" blacks have for their own race is far more disgusting than even the surviving white racists that might still be around.

Because not only does Holder hate the majority of black people who didn't go through the "connected" channels like he did, but he goes out of his way to try to make other races hate black people just so he can justify his own BS to himself.
31 weeks ago
31 weeks ago Link To Comment
With felons and border crashers...the radical leftists have their base primed at the pump.

This "transforming" thing is really cranking out what a Democrat looks like.

If you look at their most recent hot button issues...the PERFECT DEMOCRAT would have the following characteristics.

Sneaks into the country, gets on welfare, commits a felony and doesn't work. Then blames Republicans and conservatives for 'keeping him down".

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Don't forget : Prays to Mecca five times a day.
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