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Voice of the people

Jul. 08, 2013 @ 11:05 PM

Guaranteed rights are decreasing

Last week, I visited Philadelphia, Pa., birthplace of our nation, as part of my family reunion. While touring the historic sites, I was especially impressed with the display/presentation at Constitution Hall emphasizing the guaranteed rights of our nation under the constitution for "We, the people." My mind could not help but to think of the recent Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder decision of the U.S. Supreme Court which, in my opinion, weakened the protection of voting rights for "We, the people."

The voter suppression efforts implemented across many parts of the U.S. during the last election is proof to me that unless the people stand together to ensure our rights under the Constitution are protected, "We, the people" will become We, the affluent, or some other title that does not include all of "the people."

The 15th Amendment to the Constitution states: Sec. 1. The right of the citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the U.S. or by any State on account of race, color or previous condition of servitude. Sec. 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

This is something for us all to think about.

Wendy Thomas

Huntington

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