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This is OUTRAGEOUS!  An AMERICAN pressure group is complaining to the UNITED NATIONS about a domestic policy issue:  Alleged threat to the right to vote by state legislatures:

The largest civil rights group in America, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), is petitioning the UN over what it sees as a concerted efforted to disenfranchise black and Latino voters ahead of next year’s presidential election.

The organisation will this week present evidence to the UN high commissioner on human rights of what it contends is a conscious attempt to “block the vote” on the part of state legislatures across the US. Next March the NAACP will send a delegation of legal experts to Geneva to enlist the support of the UN human rights council.

Complain to the UN?  The Human Rights Council?  That one that Libya, China and Cuba was on?  Right that one.

First, Thurgood Marshall did not appeal to the United Nations for equal rights.  He went to the courts here in the USA instead.  And he won!

Second, this sort of thing gives a propaganda victory to globalists and our enemies.

Third, it leads to inaccurate information in foreign media:

Four states – Florida, Iowa, Kentucky and Virginia – continue to withhold the vote from anyone convicted of a criminal offence. In Florida, offenders who have completed their sentences have to wait at least five years before they can even apply to restore their right to register to vote.  (emphasis added)

The fact is:  You have to be convicted of a FELONY not a CRIMINAL OFFENSE to lose your right to vote in Virginia!  There are two types of criminal offenses in the Old Dominion, felonies and misdemeanors (We got it from England by the way!) and misdemeanors do not affect the right to vote.

(Now, for the record, I think felons who are released and complete probation should be allowed to vote.  In the UK, the European Court for Human Rights wants incarcerated felons to be able to vote!  We are obviously not enlightened.)

One of the big bugbears is voter ID.  But it seems reasonable to the Supreme Court that voters ought to get proper ID to vote and the comparison cited here is simply not compelling:

In Texas, a law has been passed that prevents students from voting on the basis of their college ID cards, while allowing anyone to cast their ballot if they can show a permit to carry a concealed handgun.

But a student ID card has nowhere near the authority of an officially given concealed weapons permit and can be easily forged.  This is an extreme exaggeration:

Studies have showed that the proportion of voters who do not have access to valid photo ID cards is much higher among older African-Americans because they were not given birth certificates in the days of segregation. Students and young voters also often lack identification and are thus in danger of being stripped of their right to vote.

How about that right of passage for teens:  A Drivers License.  That is a valid ID.

This is outrageous:

Benjamin Jealous, the NAACP’s president, said the moves amounted to “a massive attempt at state-sponsored voter suppression.” He added that the association will be urging the UN “to look at what is a co-ordinated campaign to disenfranchise persons of colour.”

Withdraw your complaint to the UN, I urge the NAACP.  Don’t give our enemies ammunition.  What do you hope to accomplish if you win?  We’ll be in danger of losing our sovereignty.  I want to remind the NAACP that our sovereignty protects the Constitution as the supreme law of the land.  Losing our sovereignty puts at risk all the hard won gains for African-Americans (and others) under our Constitution. Sovereignty minded Americans should reconsider their membership in the NAACP.

In the meantime, what the US should say:  None of your business!

If the NAACP is concerned about the loss of constitutional rights, there’s a place to go and African-Americans are welcome:  Your local Tea Party group.


About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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