Partisan Supreme Court

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It wasn’t a surprise when the conservative-leaning Supreme Court handed down a decision on the Voting Rights Act that was clearly ideological and political. (See: “Court rejects part of Voting Rights Act,” Wednesday)

We could see that coming with Bush vs. Gore. And the court continued to constrain democracy with the verdict in Citizens United, which tipped the balance of political power to billionaires, oligarchs and corporations.

The court has clearly joined the Republican Party in support of disreputable legislation all across the country to disenfranchise the poor, the elderly and minorities.

Who knew that Texas has 81 counties without a Department of Public Safety Office and another 34 counties with DPS offices open only two days a week? Gov. Rick Perry and the Republicans did. (See: “Voter ID slips in behind Supreme Court,” Wednesday editorial)

Yes, progress in civil rights has occurred throughout the South, but the action of the Supreme Court frees governors such as ours and Republican legislatures across the South to limit democracy to their chosen friends.

— Paul W. Hartman, Fort Worth

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