Voter fraud remains to this very day an important part of the Democratic Party election strategy that often treats minority communities as never ending vote machines. The attempted theft of the 2000 election by Al Gore by way of massive voter fraud in predominantly black and Hispanic communities in Florida, and pretty much every election in Chicago over the past 50 years, are testament to the lengths that liberals will go to remain in power.
While most election abuses remain hidden behind closed doors, conservatives were incensed when the most egregious example of voter intimidation in a generation hit the internet following the 2008 presidential election. In the widely viewed video, New Black Panther Party members King Samir Shabazz and Jerry Jackson were shown throwing verbal abuses at white voters in Philadelphia including “you are about to be ruled by a black man, cracker”.
Dressed in military style outfits and with Shabazz brandishing a 2-foot night stick that made the pint sized radical seem at least 5’10”, it was clear their intention was to intimidate voters. Recognizing a clear cut violation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, career attorneys at the DOJ filed a civil suit against the New Black Panther Party and three of its members including Shabazz and Jackson. Bartle Bull, a well known civil rights attorney, called the incident “the most blatant form of voter intimidation I’ve ever seen”.
Speaking before a House Appropriations subcommittee on March 1, 2011, Holder dismissed concerns regarding charges against the New Black Panthers: “When you compare what people endured in the South in the 60s to try to get the right to vote for African Americans, and to compare what people were subjected to there to what happened in Philadelphia—which was inappropriate, certainly that…to describe it in those terms I think does a great disservice to people who put their lives on the line, who risked all, for my people.”
When the defendants didn’t even bother showing up to court, a default judgment was entered against them. Rather than take advantage of the judicial victory as one would expect, the DOJ abandoned the verdict and asked the judge to drop most of the charges. DOJ spokesman Alejandro Miyar insisted the dismissal was “based on a careful assessment of the facts and the law”, which was a lie according to J. Christian Adams. Adams insisted the decision was made by Obama political appointees over the objections of career attorneys in accordance with Assistant Attorney General Loretta King’s direction that “no cases would be brought against national racial minorities by the Voting Section”.
In July 2012 United States District Court Judge Reggie Walton confirmed that politics had trumped the rule of law when he wrote in his decision granting Judicial Watch compensation for their lawsuit against the DOJ: “documents reveal that political appointees within DOJ were conferring about the status and resolution of the New Black Panther Party case in the days preceding the DOJ’s dismissal of claims in that case, which would appear to contradict Assistant Attorney General Perez’s testimony that political leadership was not involved in that decision.”
So much for Holder’s insistence that the “Department of Justice does not enforce the law in a race-conscious way.” For some reason I highly doubt that white men dressed in bed sheets throwing verbal abuses at black voters in Harlem would have gotten off so easily.