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A Fond Farewell

A Fond Farewell

Well, this is the last you will hear from me. It might be for good, it might just be temporary, I don’t know yet. It’s been a privilege to be able to express the things that rattled around in my head. I’m grateful to Ruthless for giving me an audience and a medium where I could express my thoughts. Unfortunately, with my schedule soon to be packed with writing I’ll be pretty busy.  So, without further ado, I present to you my final ramblings. This place will get on just fine without me,k so, farewell all you crazy readers.

Cuba

So, let’s talk about Cuba for a minute. The Cold War has been over for awhile now and it seems that the United States is finally willing to get around to normalizing relations with Cuba — good, it’s about time. I don’t understand why the Republican’s are up in a furor over the fact that we traded 3 Cuban “:spies” to get one American back, but these are the some geniuses that  if we didn’t get the American released would have cried that the President didn’t care about American’s. It’s a bit of a hilarious Catch 22 situation if you’re the President; you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t.

Sure, Casto wasn’t the nicest of guys but we still have normalized relations with plenty of other autocratic despots, the only difference is that Cuba sided with the Soviet Union during the Cold War and for whatever reason America has this super aversion to communism — I’ve never quite fully understood why we as American’s hate communists just for being communists, it seemed pretty pointless to me, and the restrictions America has imposed on Cuba are just absurd at this point in time.

It is definitely time to let bygones be bygones and just let things get away from the toxicity that has been America’s foreign relations. We need more friends in the world, not less. We need to stop hanging onto grudges and stop acting like we’re so star spangled awesome that we’re above the rest of the international community. No, giving 3 Cubans up for 1 American is not a bad deal. English Law has been heavily weighed by Blackstone’s Foundation, which states:

It is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer

The same concept generally applies in this situation. Sure, the 3 Cubans might have legitimately been spies, and Alan Gross had legitimately not been one, than there is no argument in my mind that we should have done whatever possible to let him go — even if that means letting 3 enemy spies go. It isn’t the first time we’ve swapped spies, anyways.

North Korea

So, North Korea dictates Hollywood now. It’s a little sad, because I was looking forward to seeing The Interview because it looked funny but I suppose I can say farewell to that as well. Is that the situation we have come to? That every anonymous threat of terror is capable of bringing our country to its knees? That we bend the knee to the lunacy of North Korea and its childishly deluded dictator?

Incase you missed it, in light of the cyber attack on Sony Pictures and threats received, Movie Theater chains have backed out on showing The Interview so Sony has cancelled the planned release of the movie. Likewise, a move called Pyongyang that was in production by FOX has essentially died on the vine in lieu of these situations. At what point in time do we consider a cyberattack like this an act of war? That is where policy is steadily heading, and I believe the United States of America has already reserved the right to respond to a cyberattack with real military force.

I don’t really have much more to say on this other than that it is utterly absurd that we are so paralyzed in fear that we now allow North Korea to dictate what we can and cannot see. Is anyone seriously expecting North Korea to make good on whatever threats these theaters have received? I doubt it would happen, but oh well.

Ukraine

I was thankfully wrong in the Ukraine — don’t get me wrong, the Republican’s made good on my prediction of trying to shoehorn military aid to the Ukrainian military but I was wrong in the sense that it doesn’t seem like we’ll actually be getting involved in a war there. Sending the Ukrainian Government  Military Weapons would only throw us into another Cold War esque proxy war with Russia — hey guys, do you remember how fun those were?

Thankfully, however, the Russian economy is steadily buckling beneath the weight of crippling economic sanctions, proving once and for all that you actually can accomplish something without bombs. Russia has few choices open to it at this moment — the only way for the sanctions to be lifted is for Russia to withdraw its support from the Eastern Ukraine, and that really seems to be the only way that Russia will survive due to the fact that oil prices are toppling down. Sure, Putin might have gotten a nice public opinion boost but I’m pretty sure he can say farewell to that once Russians start asking why they’re in breadlines again over the Eastern Ukraine.

If Putin had half a brain, he would abandon his dreams of rebuilding the Russian Empire and leave Ukraine alone. This isn’t the 1800s, there is no way Russia is economically viable in a global economy. The only way the USSR survived as an economic entity was because of the intricate closed-market economy developed between Russia and all of its USSR satellites — without that network, the Russian Federation has no chance of surviving economic isolation as noted by the fact that their economy is already nose diving.

Iraq

I don’t have much to say about Iraq except “I told you so”. We’re already beginning to see the involvement of Untied States troops in ground combat. Just recently ISIS attempted to overrun a base in Iraq which played host to 100 US Military advisers. Those 100 US Military Advisers thoroughly wrecked the ISIS forces and forced them into a retreat.

Unfortunately, attacking a base with US Servicemen on it is like walking up to a bear and poking it with a stick. You can bet your shiny stars that American’s are already getting their shitkicking boots ready for Iraq War 3: ISIS Boogaloo. I doubt we’ll allow the fact that they actively tried to kill American’s go unpunished, because we do so love to be vengeful.

We might not see it in the coming weeks or months, but you have a story of how 100 US Servicemen broke the back of an ISIS Attack — it’ll be hard to argue those results and it’ll get even tougher to argue why aren’t we actively fighting ISIS on the ground as time drags on and more lives are lost.

 

So, that’s it for me. See you later, space cowboy. I bid thee adieu.

The Absurdity Racist America

The Absurdity Racist America – How was this acceptable?

Some people would say that racism is dead today in America. They would say that the civil rights movement won, that racism obviously isn’t a problem anymore and that the majority of the country realizes that being a racist is just unacceptable, right? Wrong. Not only are African-American’s incarcerated with stiffer penalties and more frequently than Caucasian individuals, but they remain to this date discriminated on all the way up to the highest levels of government — hell, even with an African-American POTUS, those who would serve and die for our country were dealt a massive insult by these United States

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This is a copy of the Army Regulations that were published on the 22nd of October in 2014 in which the United States Army deemed it acceptable to refer to our African-American soldiers as “Negroes” and “Haitians” as an alternative to “Black” and “African-American”. Did I suddenly fall asleep and wake up in the 1950s? How did this racist policy become acceptable, exactly? Not only is it very racially charged to have a bunch of White soldiers referring to their African-American comrades as “Negroes” but it adds in the double whammy of allowing you to refer to all individuals of color as Haitians? Why is this a big deal? Because these men put their lives on the line for our country and our freedom and deserve better, they do not deserve to have racially charged language viewed as ‘acceptable’ regardless of who uses it. Slang not withstanding, there isn’t any way this is remotely acceptable. Yet, it was a thing. This was reviewed by the pentagon and actually published as policy.

Now, according to CNN, the Army is uncertain as to when this regulation was first added, but it continued to be publish until at least the 22nd of October 2014. How long did it take it for this regulation to be removed? It took until roughly November 7th, about 24 hours after the news report from CNN first broke revealing that it was Army Regulation. It took God only knows how long for somebody to realize that the Army was periodically releasing regulations that made it acceptable to refer to African-American servicemen as Negroes. That in and of itself is a problem — did nobody bother to read the document? Was it just vast ignorance? Or was it a quiet, complacent acceptance?

Frankly, the answer could go either way. It is likely that it is just good old laziness on behalf of the United States Army, who clearly failed to read through the regulation before setting it out for publishing — but it is equally likely that this wording lived on within the Army Regulations as a bleak reminder to the not-so-distant racist past of the United States Army. It was only just World War II, afterall, that African-American soldiers were discriminated upon and considered  inferior and while to you or I that moment might seem like so, so long ago the but in reality it wasn’t that long ago. The truth is that the United States Marine Corp was full integrated by 1960, but racial tensions continued to exist.

We have made large strides of progress but we have also taken steps back, and it is documents like this that serve as a stark reminder to the history of this country and how willing we were to degrade men and women whom volunteered to serve our country. This regulation should have never been passed and worse than that this regulation should have been noticed sooner — it should have taken more than a news report pointing out the flaw for the Army to realize that this was a problem and that it needed to be fixed. I am a supporter of the United States Armed Forces, and in that regard I do not view our African-American soldiers any differently than I do the whites. They deserve the same respect and dignity afforded to all service members, and to have allowed this regulation to linger so long and so heavily upon the regulations of the United States Army is an insult to the countless African-American soldiers who willingly gave their lives for this country, a country which spent over half of its existence dedicated to hating and dehumanizing them.

You have to take pause and reflect upon the irony of it all — we had African-American soldiers serving in Europe, fighting against the Nazi regime, to ensure the freedom of other people that they themselves were not afforded in their own country. Segregation was still in full swing, and right up until just before the beginning of World War II, the American government was actively practicing Eugenics experiments. Likewise, we were conducting human experiments on African-American’s without even letting them know about it. Here were individuals willing to lay their lives on the line so that other people might know the freedom that their own country had deprived them of.

The question I get so often in my hometown is “why do we need a Black History month?” “Why isn’t there a White History month”?  To which I frequently have to sit down and actually educate people as to the reality of the plight which African-American’s suffered at the hands of a racist government that did everything in its power to keep them down. It is a struggle I will never have to know, but it is a struggle which I recognize as a reality. The atrocities afflicted upon African-American’s by the United States for the majority of this nations existence are innumerable and have caused irrevocable damage. People refer to this as Post-Racial America, but I don’t see it. I see a country which is still struggling to push past its racist nature, and moments like this only remind me that I still have a part to play in this battle, that as a future educator it is my duty to strive diligently to broaden the minds of otherwise narrow minded fools.

To that end, I would like to apologize on behalf of America that we ever allowed such a travesty as this Army regulation to carry on as long as it did — no citizen of the United States, let alone one of our brave soldiers, should endure such an asinine insult. It may have remained in the regulations due to negligence, but it was not negligence that put it there in the first place and for that, I am sorry.

Ruthless Grab Bag: Too much, too soon, too often

One of the things that often comes up with my writing here on WDDIJ is a request to cover a particular topic. And usually I just don’t do it. In some cases what someone wants to cover I want to cover and so it for a moment interests are aligned and it works out. Oddly enough my silence on some particular matters has been due to an over abundance of work on outside projects. And my appearance on a Friday instead of my usual Monday is because we have two writers who are just straight up swamped. So everyone send positive thoughts towards Ref and Revanchist, They’re deep in dealing with various things that take way more focus than writing here. They’ll be back when they can. And now let’s get to it. GRAB BAG!

Too Much

I’ve found that despite a general, “I wonder what they look like” feeling, I just don’t care about the leaked nudes fo celebrities or the coverage that commanded. I have never seen Margot Robbie naked and I’m certain such a picture would launch ten thousand ships in her honor. I’ve never seen Ruth Negga in anything revealing, and I’m certain I would swear a blood oath for me and all my descendants to fight demons in her name. My point is Despite how interesting in theory Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton nudes are. I don’t care. But…

I don’t think that this is sexual assault as some have stated in media and online.

Look I agree this is an invasion of privacy. I agree that this probably included some extortion of the women whose photos were released. But “Holy Hyperbole Batman!” are we really about to say this is the same as a woman being raped, a child being molested, a man being violated in prison by other men? Did that sentence feel gruesome? Good. That means you’re still capable of human empathy. See hard as I try, I can’t equate the conversation with a friend in college who told me about when she was raped with these photos leaking. I can equate it with a lot of other issues. Like being spied on by the public. Like getting doxxed. Like having things stolen from you. That these are of these women in various states of undress is bad. And the exposure to the rest of the public is also horrid, but this is a bridge too far, and a pound too much. Let’s deal with the guys that leaked the photos, and the ones that hacked the accounts, but climb down off that ledge and stop minimizing rape and sexual assault by turning it into a buzzword.

Too Soon

Somethings you are never ready for. And some things you have way too much time to do and never do them. Now don’t worry I’m not about to say the site is closing. I want to talk about how Ray Rice has been handled. When we all first learned about the situation we were all worried about what this meant. Would the NFL do the right thing? Would the legal system get justice for Jenay? What did she think? What had happened in the elevator itself?

And those were fair questions. They were exactly what needed to be asked. In the aftermath though some people got into trouble for coming to a conclusion too soon. Now let’s talk about Stephen A Smith. He got suspended for his comments, and even fellow ESPN folks like Michelle Beadle were chastising him for what he said. Fair or unfair that was too soon for both of them. As analysts the smart thing would have been for Smith to not address the larger issue of domestic violence and whatever perceptions he has. However, the language being used to describe him by Beadle was just as disheartening. While she stopped short of calling for his job, she might as well have.

And while I’m on the too soon topic, OBAMA!

Okay now that the racists have gone, let’s talk the real deal here. I am not an isolationist. But I do have isolationist tendencies from time to time. And this situation with ISIS/ISIL(I prefer calling it ISIL since that is what they actually want to do.) is one of the times I like to say nope, nope, you do your own thing we’re done. Here’s the thing about humanity. We’ve gotten to the point that now we have to cover for each other’s screw ups. ISIL is worthy of direct US intervention, but Boko Haram isn’t. Why? Well I’d say because the issue in Nigeria with Boko Haram is far more complex and isn’t sitting on top of oil production but that would be overly cynical.

No the reality is that this is just not a smart time to appear and help out. It is in fact too soon. Why? Because if you thought Iraq in and of itself and on its own would stay together you are clearly not a student of history. The country was an artificial creation and combined groups that were meant to balance each other’s presence in the region precisely because they did not get along. And you can thank T.E. Lawrence for that(If you don’t know go look it up). In the modern day expecting them to get along post Saddam is akin to expecting China, Tibet, and Taiwan to get along without outside help.

And that is why I don’t want US military members,which happen to contain lots of friends and family in them, to be sent on a devil’s errand of stabilizing a country that does not wish to be. At best we can expect Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia, Macedonia, Kosovo, and Slovenia. At worst well, World War 3 with Nukes flying seems to be my particular brand of nightmare fuel. My point is sometimes you need to let a state fail and see what rises out of it. Helping groups escape from persecution, defending trapped Americans, ensuring safety for UN troops and other groups is fine. But full scale US intervention is far too soon.

Too Often

I cut off the last topic on purpose, because I know you feel some type of way about it. The reality is people see an armed group attempting to set up a new government and of course taking land through bloody conflict and say they should be stopped. But back up a minute. Isn’t that how re shinning city on a hill was founded? Now I don’t necessarily like the idea of the Umayyad Caliphate as run by ISIL is not necessarily my favorite of ideas, but why are we getting involved? Seriously take a moment and think why you care other than people dying. Far too often America and other heavily developed nations feel called to save every situation unless people say otherwise. But this isn’t Darfur, this isn’t the Rwandan genocide. This isn’t even Russia retaking the old Soviet Union countries one incursion at a time. The thing that should frighten you about the situation and any situation from this day until the end of the very idea of countries and super powers is that Iran wants to work with the US.

Too often in these days we see people out of position from getting involved in things they didn’t need to. In a country where student debt is over 1 trillion, Darren Wilson still hasn’t been charged, and Greg Hardy is somehow still not being subjected to the NFL’s domestic violence policy, we are ready to commit small ground troops and more drones and planes to bombing ISIL. We’re going to have to get some priorities eventually people. Too often the US is committed to showing up like the police, your father, or the boss and dictate terms. We’re doing it in Israel, We’re doing it in Iraq, and we’ve done it in far too many places far too many times.

Well this is far less problematic for America itself than CNN, FOX, and MSNBC would have you believe(No amount of teasing Michelle Bernard appearances even with Tamron Hall will get you back in my good graces people). The reality is hard to hear, and too often we ignore it. The hard truth is much of the middle east would stop having such issue with us if we would stop getting involved. Egypt and Libya are in constant conflicts, but we aren’t on the ground there. So why Iraq? Let’s go. I’d rather we deal with the fracking effects in the Dakotas, the achievement gaps in education between places in the south and places on the coasts. The police militarization. The student debt.

 

The fact minimum wage for servers is such a corrupt system that most employers don’t even attempt to prove the staff is making up the difference between the 2.13 per hour they get and the minimum wage of 7.25 per hour they are required to get in tips. We have a rising epidemic of mentally ill homeless. We have a VA system of reporting for claims that is older than my mother. Hell we have a makeshift fix to the healthcare crisis that will assure that we limp forward until someone is willing to sacrifice a second term for fixing the true problem. Hell we have so much monetary influence on the political process that candidates spend more time giving donors lapdances and blowjobs than talking to the people who are supposed to vote for them.

Folks too often we spend our time talking about, dealing with, and involving ourselves in things that don’t need us. Not just as a nation, but as a single human being. I thought about a friend of mine who was just telling me about something he’s dealing with right now. And normally I’d go into super friend mode and try and help him solve the issue. But instead I just sat there. listening like always, but not offering a solution. The only difference was that I didn’t offer an idea. Fun how his situation worked itself out. Too often we get too deep into things we don’t need to. And too often it has dire consequences. Think on that next time you see a story about someone doing something they really didn’t need to. I’d talk about more in this grab bag but…Words Don’t Do It Justice!

 

– THE Ruthless Wonder

Before you Protest: Why the SCOTUS decision today isn’t going to end up as bad as you think.

Seriously people. Read First. Rage Second.

Before you protest, and before I get started.

I want to stress that this post has no affiliation with or is made as a course of any associations with any organizations I have at any point in my life been a member of. Not Palestine Missionary Baptist Church of Jesus Christ. Not Jack And Jill of America Incorporated. Not the NAACP. And not National Black Law Students Association or Phi Alpha Delta or The American Association for Justice. Or ANY OTHERS! I say that because I know full well that what I am about to say is incendiary, and furthermore is likely to turn into some relation of it to my affiliations. It took a 20 minute explanation to my own loving Mother to get her to see what I meant and not respond based on her own experiences with racism, southern Missouri, voting, and well you know, The black Talos, Martin Luther King Jr.

End disclaimer

Introduction for those living under the proverbial rock this morning

The decision in Shelby County v. Holder revolves around Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, which establishes a “coverage formula” to determine which states and local governments fall under Section 5, and therefore need to get approval before changing their voting laws. The justices ruled that Section 4 is unconstitutional, and that the formula used for decades — revised and extended several times by Congress — can no longer be used to establish those “preclearance” requirements: “The conditions that originally justified these measures no longer characterize voting in the covered jurisdictions.”  Credit: John Schwartz and The New York Times

The Actual Introduction.

See I like you started looking at all of this in the splashy coverage on CNN, BBC, MSNBC, FOX, Yahoo, Reuters, AP, and of course almighty Google+, twitter, and facebook(Seriously are they giving out Poli Sci degrees or are people just dolts with keyboards? Anyway). And if all you do is check that coverage you see the reactions to the ruling, or reactions to the reactions to the ruling, or of course my personal favorite, a TV talking head getting told the ruling with no explanation other than “struck down enforcement provision” on live air and then attempting to pontificate. I’m sure Olberman via Wherever he’s ranting from, Matthews later on Hardball, Cenk on TYT, and of course O’Reilly on the factor will have better more reasoned approaches with actually information to back them up(HAHA! I’m funny right? Don’t judge me.), but the best way to tell who has a law degree and a political science background is to see how they respond to anything said by the supreme court. It is THE litmus test of  pundit, or idiot.

One thing I tend to not do on purpose is rely on these sources when it comes to The N9ne and when it comes to the Justices of the Supreme Court as well. You might wonder why. Basically it doesn’t matter what they say. Because the reports about the ruling will get out all the info right? WRONG! One of the biggest problems with a supreme court ruling(which you really should have learned with Obamacare) is that the devil really is in the details. For good or ill, the splashy cover story of the ruling is that tip of the iceberg that sinks the titanic. What you don’t see has so much more meat and power to it than what you do. Which of course is why I’m talking about this right now. So to benefit everyone. And to ensure I don’t get off on too many wild tangents(too late). I’m going to break this down a bit like I attempted to hacktivism.

First up is why the ruling is bad, then we’ll talk about the good implications from the backdoor in the ruling, and well I wouldn’t be Lex Luthor of the internet if I didn’t toss in a subversive, revolutionary, yet strangely dictatorial, super villain manner of using this properly in the chess game we call the Federal Government. When I’m done feel free to do all the namecalling(Yeah yeah I’m an uncle Tom/Uncle Rukus. You realize if you read everything you sound stupid calling me that right?), threats(Seriously? My blog hit you that deep you wanna come at me bro?), and vows to never read this again and block me on all social media(Let’s be real you won’t so you can see how I respond. As well as in a week or two at most you’ll realize I’m right and come back) that you want to. But do yourself a couple favors. Wait till I’m done, and share it with anyone you know(I love hate mail to yourruthlesswonder@gmail.com)

Why this may have in fact set America back to the 1950’s America that no one actually liked.

The most difficult reality of all of this for me is that this decision happened. I thought for sure this would not be coming down as it did. Be it out of fear, hope, or some other emotion I truly thought the Voting Rights Act could not be touched, would not be touched by the court. Even in the face of things like the Court’s Affirmative Action decisions, Arizona Immigration Laws, and the impending DOMA decision, I felt like they would view this as a bridge too far. That this was a pillar of America’s commitment to itself. And that no borderline libertarian Chief Justice, or black conservative, or closet Federalist, would allow this to happen. And then they did. Each one in line. Each one loving the idea it seemed. Even a Super Villain has feelings.

The major problem here is that this allows for the restrictions on the changing of voter laws in states where race is in fact still a problem even more so than the rest of the country to just go away. Gerrymandering may in fact be out the door(it is in fact still illegal), but ID’s citizenship tests, general fuckery(sorry for all the cursing Mom) with registrations, as well as the old tried and true methods: poll taxes, literacy tests, location changes without notification, redistricting without notification, variable poll hours; may come back into use. That isn’t good. That is in fact probably the worst thing to come out of this ruling. States, and the greedy bigots, racists, politically correct proponents, and warmongers among us can go hog wild coming up with ways to screw each other and thus all of us out of voting properly.

Make no mistake. Let me make this absolutely crystal clear. Despite its current flaws with campaigns and the lead up to elections, America has bar none the most enduring, profound, and dare I say beautiful legacy when it comes to voting. America is unique. Built on ideology and political experimentation and not on national ethnicity. Those that come after us looked to our example. And the Voting Rights Act is a testament to America’s ability to right itself when it the decisions of the past are found inadequate, unsavory, or incorrect. Today is a loss for that notion of our nation. Today we all took an L. And the sad part is we did not have to. All the Justice League had to do was say nope stands, or nope not reviewing this, or any combination that did not include the words “this is not constitutional.” And they didn’t. So feel free to be angry. Feel free to rant and rave everywhere(does anyone actually use Xanga or Friendster anymore?) You are right to do so. But as you probably guessed, that brings us to my next point. And by God this one’s important.

The Ruling is actually not the death of Civil Rights in America.

The interesting thing about the Supremes featuring Chief Justice Roberts is that they are sort of like The Watchmen. And that tends to bring a “Who watches the Watchmen?” vibe to things. This ruling most certainly brought that to my mind. I can only imagine what more staunch defenders of all things governmental may think on the matter. But this ruling, like many others is not without its backdoors, hidden hallways, and secret cheat codes. That’s why I’m not advocating the launch of some clandestine attempt to accomplish Order 66 but with judges. In fact this ruling happens to have a very large escape pod that we should be using.

The Government has a fallback argument—because the formula was relevant in 1965, its continued use is permissible so long as any discrimination remains in the States identified in 1965. But this does not look to “current political conditions,” Northwest Austin, supra, at 203, instead relying on a comparison between the States in 1965. But history did not end in 1965. In assessing the “current need[ ]” for a preclearance system treating States differently from one another today, history since 1965 cannot be ignored. The Fifteenth Amendment is not designed to punish for the past; its purpose is to ensure a better future. To serve that purpose, Congress—if it is to divide the States—must identify those jurisdictions to be singled out on a basis that makes sense in light of current conditions.

That particular bit of the opinion seems to leave a nice couple of doors open. One all that would need to be done is convincingly show a current, present day reason to set up the VRA. Not simple I grant you. There is a general obstructionist movement going in Big Fed right now. But on this particular issue it might still happen. This also seems to say that if you did the same law but did not exclude states it might work as well. What does this mean? What can this bit of the opinion help? It means Congress(House and Senate) can craft another bill and pass it so long as it meets these standards. The opinion does not say that the VRA itself is unconstitutional. Rather it says that the way they picked who they can use this portion of the VRA is, and that if they wish to do this with the VRA they must either 1. update the requirements and formula; or 2. figure out another way of accomplishing the same goal.

That is far from a death sentence I think you’d agree. It is far from a take to the streets and round up the judges like the rich folks in The Dark Knight Rises(Sidenote: Seriously don’t do that you will go to jail…if the police don’t kill you first.). With the right tweaks the VRA could come back with entirely new justifications and handling things with up to date information which would allow it to survive scrutiny. That would fix all of this and let’s face it. There is one school of thought that the south would use this as a way to stay going hog wild on the subject and we would descend into a voter hellscape that we would and could not return from. But this particular bit is enough to do multiple things that could save the current state of things and start crafting a new VRA that would pass the test. And that is a good thing. As armed rebellions get rather bloody and I’m not ready for my Lex Luthor based Emperorship yet. So how do we use this loophole to right the ship? We act like the exceptional Americans we are. use our worst tactics for a positive end. Which is my third point. Ready? IKUZO!

We must overcome the impossible and kick reason to the curb to pull this off, but it will work. Trust me…

The thing about fixing the VRA is that you have to rely on a few facts. these facts weigh against the better angels of our humanity. They work not because we are good, but because humans can do horrible things to each other. They may require compromise. They may require lots of time. But they will work because unless we all suddenly become the freaking federation from Star Trek(I’m totally Ricardo Montalbán Khan in that scenario), this kind of leverage can/will/has/does work. The idea is simple, and if it isn’t currently being used I’ll be even more disappointed in the people who call themselves civil rights leaders these days(I’m looking at all of you.)

Note: I’m not going to use the more detailed, overly specific version of this plan for time’s sake. I’m doing this version so everyone can understand what I’m suggesting. Politicians, and members of the appropriate governing bodies may get in touch with me for more details to make it all work.

1. Obama(deal with it, dude is still POTUS) signs an executive order allowing the federal agencies which currently utilize his executive power, FBI, DOJ, and NSA to be specific, handle all federal enforcement of voter rights afforded by the constitution and its amendments. Since this would go beyond the VRA and to the specifics of enforcing the constitution, the only gripe one can have is that it is Obama doing that. While I’m not an Obama Stan, the man is in charge, So who else was going to have the power to do this?

Impact: This is likely to be challenged in court, but the amount of time to get this up to the SCOTUS again would take so long it could be rendered Moot by a properly formed VRA. In the meantime this stops shenanigans from going on.

2. A bill that looks suspiciously like the current VRA but instead of going after the old confederate states you just go after all states and territories. By calling this an effort to deal with corruption and voter fraud as well as restrictions on the right to vote. That little bit of language change even with the justifications as used in the 60’s would give the SCOTUS some serious fat to chew.

Impact: Combined with the time to deal with the EO mentioned in 1 that is 5 to 10 years of things being fine before any fallout. I know that looks, feels, and to a degree is kicking the can down the road on the VRA but it is for a reason. And it accomplishes freaking time travel on a government level on the cheap. Roll with it people. Roll with it.

3. NO ONE wants to vote down a new VRA. This is leverage. It must be used as such. Here you use that leverage on two bills. First on the one listed above in 2. The second is on the more properly done version. Seriously put time into actual research which should take at least 3 to 4 years to do on current voting irregularities, discriminatory voting practices, and underhanded districting as well as corruption. Go very hard on corrupt politicians when it comes to votes. Root them out like Elliot Ness and J. Edgar Hoover. Seriously underhanded, black bag, scary government monitoring level stuff. We already believe that the government is waging a silent unseen war against the American people while publically coming after our privacy. Use it to do this. Rely on the likelyhood that no republican tea party or not will want to look like they are anti non-corrupt elections and voting. It will work. Trust me.

4. This goes for any government representative be they Rep, Senator, President, Governor, State Sen, Assemblyman, all of that jazz. Make this a campaign issue. You want to save your ass(sorry again Mom? You want to stay in office? You want to march towards the White House for at least a 4 year lease agreement? Shout how not creating a new and more comprehensive VRA is integral to anyone who claims to want public office. Yell how it strikes at the heart of every American. Call out your opponent for not addressing the issue. Try to one up them when the talk about it in the positive. THIS IS AMERICA! You’ll shout. WE ALL VOTE IN AMERICA BUDDY. PERIOD END OF SENTENCE! Who in their right mind gets on the opposite side of that? No one does. The amount of suddenly glossed over faults will be astounding. You just keep saying it. Work on it and of course pass it. Then you get to look at your opponent and say “I passed laws protecting the voting rights of every red-blooded old glory waving American. Don’t you try and talk to me about patriotism.” No one survives that assault.

The end result here is you make a new VRA, but in the meantime you stop anything going wild. You neutralize the court, but by using its own ruling. In the short term it wouldn’t likely overrule itself. In the long term, well judges step down you know. The goal is to work on fixing the problem while keeping any potential competition occupied and off balance. Like I said, no one in office wants to be all over every media outlet in existence as being against the creation of a new better written version of the VRA. The international vilification of them would be political and possible physical death of them. But they aren’t stupid. They can rock the “this is a good goal, but this version isn’t good.” line of attack so long as you choose to avoid the more radical version of strategy I suggest here.  Trust in my Ruthlessness if you don’t trust in me. If you take my path of Ruthlessness, they will all be left to Wonder as things get done on this.

Saying Goodbye

So that’s my breakdown. That’s my hope. That’s my plan. Can’t say I didn’t bring solutions. Now this may have taken me longer to type and you to read than my discussion with my Mom, but I wanted to make sure it didn’t just sound like I’m THE Ruthless Wonder and I’m right, you’re wrong, so do this. It sounds a little bit like that, but not just like that. Anyway,  share this one. Comment below, email me, retweet me, share me on FB, Reddit, Google+ and hell reblog with proper credits if you feel so inclined. I’d say more and try more to convince you right now but in the end I think we all feel the same no matter what side you were on with this ruling. Words Don’t Do It Justice.

– THE Ruthless Wonder