WAS THE PRESIDENT TALKING ABOUT RICHLAND COUNTY, S.C.?
U.S. President Barack Obama made an interesting remark during his second inaugural address this week. The statement was tucked into one of the more “progressive” sections of the speech, but it could have decidedly pro-conservative overtones here in Richland County, S.C.
Here’s the paragraph of the speech we’re referring to, with the remark in bold …
?It is now our generation?s task to carry on what those pioneers began. For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote. Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country. Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia, to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for and cherished and always safe from harm.?
On this particular point, we are in complete agreement with Obama. In fact we would challenge his Justice Department to put some muscle behind these words and launch an immediate investigation into the “Richland County Robbery,” in which a $1.2 billion tax hike was approved in what we contend was a rigged election.
Efforts to pass this tax increase failed by just 600 votes in 2010 – prompting Republican and Democratic state lawmakers to oust a 30-year election veteran and install a puppet with all sorts of connections to the tax hike movement to run last November’s vote.
The result? Mysterious shortages (and malfunctions) of voting machines in precincts that voted heavily against the tax increase two years ago – leading to seven hour wait times in some of these precincts. These shortages and malfunctions resulted in widespread violations of a state law mandating at least one operable voting machine per every 250 registered voters. Thanks to this illegal voter suppression, the sales tax hike passed by a 52-48 percent margin.
If Obama is serious about preserving the integrity of the electoral process, his Justice Department will move against the “Richland County Robbers.”
Otherwise this line – like so much of what he says – was for rhetorical purposes only.