Real Time's Bill Maher let our Supreme Court and Chief Justice John Roberts have it for gutting the Voting Rights Act and allowing our elections to be sold to the highest bidder during his New Rules segment at the close of his show this Friday. Sadly, as Maher pointed out during the segment, the conservatives sitting on our highest court have a really bad habit of a really bad habit of promising one thing and delivering another.
MAHER: When you promise the American people that something won't happen if you change the law, and then you change the law and it does happen, you have to eat a little sh*t for it. Oh, I'm not talking about him. I'm talking about him. Twice now in three years, first with the Citizens United ruling, then with gutting the Voting Rights Act, Chief Justice John Roberts and the conservatives on the Supreme Court changed the law and promised no bad would come of it, and bad came of it almost immediately.
John Roberts is kind of the legal equivalent of the guy in The Hurt Locker, except in his case, he always cuts the wrong wire and everything always blows up.
Now back in June, before they took their summer break, the Supreme Court dropped the big one. They gutted the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which is the law that forced certain states, let's just say the ones where you might find a Piggly Wiggly, forced those states to get permission from the Justice Department before they made any changes in their voting laws.
Why? Well, because in the past, these states have been naughty and had prevented minorities from voting with little tricks, like poll taxes and literacy tests. But the conservatives on the court, all excited from being born yesterday, said racism had been cured and that laws against voter suppression were unnecessary. Relics of a bygone era, like cassette tapes, or moderate Republicans.