Tuesday, February 24, 2015

True the Vote & Oscars

True the Vote

I have a confession to make. My daughter and I managed to sit through almost all of Sunday night’s Academy Awards broadcast– and I’m glad we did. Glitz and glamour (and the revelation that Lady Gaga is actually pretty talented, even without auto-tune) aside, I was reminded that there is no such thing as coincidence in political debate.
This year’s Oscar went to…pop culture agitprop.  Here’s what happened:

Immediately after John Legend and Common performed their song from the movie “Selma”, the artists won the Oscar for Best Original Song and, in their acceptance speech, decried that “We know that the Voting Rights Act that they fought for 50 years ago is being compromised right now in this country.”[1]

Meanwhile, back at the US Capitol, Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) just re-filed his race-dependent and stunningly retrogressive bill known as the Voting Rights Amendment Act (H.R. 885). If you think these two events aren’t related, it’s time to wake up.

Interestingly, the Oscars broadcast put a spotlight on the outrageous double standard that is somehow socially acceptable to those actors demanding “reform” of the Voting Rights Act. In one cast of characters are the minority interest groups and the cultural elite, citing historic moments like the 1965 civil rights march in Selma, Alabama, to demand change.  While they rant and rave (and rap), the Obama/Holder DOJ lawyers are in courtrooms all across this country attacking election integrity laws, actually making their case on the basis that minorities aren’t “sophisticated” enough to comply.[2] (Yes, you read that correctly.)

Since day one of the Holder Justice Department, we have heard constant Chicken Little attestations that “voting rights are under siege!” If that is true, then why hasn’t the DOJ filed any Voting Rights Act cases until late 2013 – and only then to attack voter ID laws? In 2014, the Department filed zero cases.[3]

Between intentions, rhetoric and results, none build a believable case for reforming the Voting Rights Act as advertised – which is precisely the argument we need your help in making before Congress.

What the Voting Rights Agitators are really fighting for is power and control.

Are you willing to cede more control over your elections to an increasingly politicized and weaponized Washington bureaucratic class?

In the weeks and months ahead, True the Vote will be addressing H.R. 885 in Washington. I know I’ve told you before (and thanks by the way for listening!) that this work is not cheap. I’ve tasked the TTV Research Department with compiling new information to help set the record straight and I plan on leading working groups in Washington that will use this research to help inform legislators about the motivations behind the civil rights industry’s never-ending pity party.

I need your help to keep True the Vote in this fight. We’re used to squaring off with the DOJ and the usual nonprofit suspect, but now, Hollywood is throwing new gas on the fire. Your contributions -- no matter their size – make a big difference.

Please help if you can.  Unlike so many of our adversaries to the left, we receive no funding from the government or the Soros set of mega-donors.  Our work is the result of your willingness to continue to stand with True the Vote.  Thank you, thank you, thank you, for your support!


Catherine Engelbrecht, TTV Founder

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