LBJ, The Ides of March, and Voting Rights

The 15th of March, known as the ‘Ides of March’, has been characterized as a politically or socially charged calendar date ever since Shakespeare chose to highlight the date in his dramatic presentation of the momentous death of the Roman dictator.

The assassination of Julius Caesar on March 15th in 44 BC, made the Ides of March a turning point in Roman history.

Much like when any given Friday falls on the 13th day of the month, the ‘Ides of March’ give us pause to think and ponder some of the ‘what ifs’ of our personal political and social life experiences…

56 years ago today, March 15, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson gave this speech during a joint session of Congress:

There are 250 voting suppression measures that have been introduced by Republicans in 43 of the 50 state legislatures.

This is being done in the name of protecting, securing, and preventing fraud in the voting, election, and electoral process.

In a ‘whites only’ America, the votes of nonwhite citizens are fraudulent by definition.

Anyone who believes that current legislative attempts to limit, curtail,  or suppress opportunities and access to the right to vote are nonracist and nonpartisan is about as politically knowledgeable and socially adroit as a 3 year-old infant.

A while back, I was excoriated for suggesting that “most” white Americans would be OK with waking up one morning to discover that the voting rights of nonwhites had been eliminated.

Apparently, most white Republican state and federal legislators clearly seem to believe that this is true of most white folks in the general population….

“Beware, the Ides of March.”

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