The View From 1776
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Good For The Goose, But Not For The Gander?
May the Federal government control local elections to prevent blacks from voting for Republicans?
The Washington Times reports that the Obama administration has intervened in the town of Kinston, NC, to overturn voters’ decision to adopt a non-partisan system of election. Candidates in local elections were to run for office without listed party affiliations.
The Justice Department ruled that black voters can elect people to represent them only if candidates are identified as members of the Democratic Party. According to the Justice Department, presumably taking its cue from President Obama’s promise to eliminate discord and foster bi-partisan amity, Republicans cannot represent blacks.
Ironically, the wealthy village of Scarsdale, New York, in upscale Westchester County, has for many decades had a non-partisan system of elections for local office. The idea is that candidates should focus on the best interests of the entire village, not upon granting favors to backers of one political party or the other.
Scarsdale is close to being a 100% liberal-progressive-socialist community, as I can attest from living there for 23 years. Anyone questioning the welfare state or Democrat/Socialist Party social-justice initiatives is dismissed as an imbecile or a nut case.