Clinton’s Byrd eulogy: ties between Klan, Arizona Latinos and Obama DOJ.
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This would be one Carter Glass. Never heard of Mr. Glass? He was from Virginia, and very much the leader in the state progressive movement around the turn of the 20th century. A newspaper reporter and then editor, he was a champion of the Big Government ideas of the day, which in Virginia included the establishment of the State Corporation Commission to regulate the railroads and various corporations. He championed the progressive hero William Jennings Bryan in Bryan’s first run for the presidency in 1896. And then got the political bug himself.
On his very first outing, as a delegate to the Virginia Constitutional Convention in 1902, young Mr. Glass had his way with his fellow progressives, getting the State Corporation Commission created and written into the new state constitution. A solid progressive victory as the progressive movement in America had begun to surge.
But how did Carter Glass find the political capital to fuel this progressive victory?
Good question. With an answer that differs not in the slightest from Robert Byrd’s career or what is happening today — today — at the Obama Department of Justice.
Mr. Glass, you see, when he wasn’t busy adding to the size of Virginia state government with his new commission, was also busy doing something else. Specifically, he was whooping up the crowd of progressives to find a way around that pesky 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution enacted after the Civil War by the conservatives of the day: Republicans who took the concept of equal rights seriously. The 15th Amendment, recall, reads as follows:
Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.
Section 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
What did Glass do to get around this?
Specifically, he had two ideas. Progressives loved them both.
1: Establish a poll tax
2. Create a literacy test.
If you didn’t have the bucks to pay the poll tax — which most blacks, only 35-years distant from slavery did not — well, no vote for you. And if by chance you did somehow have the bucks, well, you had to show that you could read — pass a “literacy test” that was in fact designed to do one thing: keep blacks from voting. Period.
When he was finished rousing progressive whites to a frenzy on this, Glass went on to whip up another gem. This time Glass wrote into the draft of the new state constitution a requirement — say again, that word is requirement — that all schools in Virginia must be segregated.
This state constitution, beloved by progressive Democrats throughout Virginia, was originally to be put before the voters. Then a problem. Without the poll tax and the literacy test yet enacted, that pesky 15th Amendment meant African Americans would show up and vote — and as one might suspect, they were none too happy with Mr. Glass and his proposed new state constitution.
Answer? What do you think? The Convention and its progressive leadership simply decided the Convention itself would ratify the new state constitution, thank you very much. There would be no popular vote on the subject.
Done. Black Virginians were then quickly deprived of their voting rights until the 1960s laws of which Mr. Adams speaks.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?