it’s a truth that no one wants to know. Amazing, but true. Some years ago I read Greg Palast‘s the best democracy money can buy. Couldn’t believe it, but could believe even less that an indictment like this doesn’t change anything. The man may look like a comedian, act like a comedian, be irreverent, prejudiced, wear silly hats and play at being Hunter Thompson but evidence is evidence. Right? Wrong.
His e-mail newsletter alerted me to a campaign to petition the US Supreme Court:
What’s at stake is Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. Without Section 5, the Voting Rights Act’s teeth fall out, and the Justice Department loses any real ability to stop Jim Crow tactics used to keep voters of color (mostly Democratic Blue) from registering and casting ballots. Section 5 requires that 16 states with histories of Jim Crow voting restrictions “pre-clear” any changes in voting procedure with the Department of Justice. But the right-wing Supremes say that Florida and other states subject to Section 5 no longer play games with voting rights.
So fourteen years after starting his exposure of election fraud he’s still campaigning as hard as it gets. Nothing changed, apart from the wheels of time possibly turning back to pre Martin Luther King days.
First a short reminder that not all is lost as long as happiness can be attained through song:
But after this, behold the spectacle of Mr. Palast going crazy on stage. I find it difficult to fathom what underlies such performance. There’s more Palast than one would wish, but I also sense desperation. I just cannot understand what he tries to accomplish because it is so obviously a preaching to the converted act. I cannot expect anyone to sit through an hour and a half of this, but please, give him ten minutes of your time and see where it takes you. Remember: guys like him have their facts checked meticulously. The easiest way to silence a maverick like him is to sue him (another of those ugly truths that don’t matter).