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In a display of arrogance and racial politics shocking even for this administration, President Obama's Justice Department recently invalidated the will of an overwhelming majority of voters in Kinston, NC to make city elections non-partisan.
From the Washington Times:
The Justice Department's ruling, which affects races for City Council and mayor, went so far as to say partisan elections are needed so that black voters can elect their "candidates of choice" - identified by the department as those who are Democrats and almost exclusively black.
The department ruled that white voters in Kinston will vote for blacks only if they are Democrats and that therefore the city cannot get rid of party affiliations for local elections because that would violate black voters' right to elect the candidates they want.
In other words, black voters are too stupid to figure out who represents their values, and white voters are too racist to vote for a black candidate (regardless of values) unless he or she is a Democrat.
Adding insult to injury was Loretta King, the head of DOJ's Civil Rights division at the time the decision was made:
"Removing the partisan cue in municipal elections will, in all likelihood, eliminate the single factor that allows black candidates to be elected to office," Loretta King...wrote in a letter to the city.
Talk about perpetuating a culture of paternalism and victimhood. The "single factor" that gets black candidates elected is their affiliation with the race-obsessed Democratic Party?
Is this really what the federal government thinks of the American people?
The article goes on to say that Kinston, which is nearly two-thirds black, supported Barack Obama for president in the same election where the ballot measure eliminating parties passed by a 2-1 margin. Can you say buyers' remorse?
This is just the latest example of the constitutional abomination that is Section Five of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. And a clear demonstration of why it is so important to restore the balance between state and federal power laid out explicitly by the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution.
After all, if the actual citizens of Kinston are not permitted to decide for themselves how to elect leaders in their own city, are any of us really free?