A county neighbor recently suggested (Herald, December 17) I’m researching the attacks on our “justice system” over the past 30 years, as well as the “war on law enforcement.” You don’t have to go back 30 years to find this assault on our “judicial system”, which has been attacked by our own Supreme Court.
Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 2010 established corporate personality and opened the floodgates for black money in our elections.
Shelby County v. Holder, 2013, eliminated the preclearance requirement from Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This decision opened the door for a whole host of states, led by former Confederate states, adopting laws that make it harder to vote. .
Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee, 2021 dismantled what little remained of the Voting Rights Act and ensured that every voter suppression law passed in the wake of the 2020 election survives judicial scrutiny.
To research the “War on Law Enforcement,” one need only recall a year ago, January 6, 2021, when the insurgent mob waged war on various law enforcement agencies. laws responsible for overseeing and protecting the Capitol building and members of Congress. As we clearly saw, the seditionist mob assaulted uniformed officers, stormed and vandalized the Nation’s Capitol, defacing our most sacred symbol of democracy. Yes, we have seen the war on law enforcement on television.
I will address the 1950s, to which my riding neighbor alludes, in a separate letter.