By declaring key parts of the 1965 Voting Rights Act unconstitutional in Shelby County v. Holder (June 25, 2013), the Supreme Court makes its priorities clear. States’ rights are more important than the rights of individuals. In “Citizens United” the Supremes made corporations “individuals” in the eyes of the law. It seems the Roberts Court holds a continuing fire sale on individual liberties and civil rights. They sacrifice rights formerly held only by individuals and hand them over carte blanche to States and Corporations. We might as well resurrect Roger B. Taney as Chief Justice. He was the Supreme Court Chief Justice who ruled that Dred Scott was not a person but property and, therefore, had no rights. “Citizens United” put the country back 100 years to the days of Teddy Roosevelt when corporations had unlimited spending power in elections. Today’s decision puts the clock back 143 years to 1870 and the ratification of the 15th Amendment. That Amendment prohibited state governments from denying voting rights to anyone based on a person’s “race, color or previous condition of servitude.” Welcome back to the Reconstruction era, everyone. It is now 1870 and the clocks ticks backwards….