I wasn’t sure what I could write tonight for my morning post, for the election is really the only thing on anyone’s mind, and the results won’t likely all be in by the time I need to have this post finished. Watching the election results has been much like watching a ping-pong game, but knowing that the stakes were quite nearly a matter of life and death … the life or death of a nation. But here, at the end of the day, I have decided to go with a couple of observations … probably snarky observations, given my current mood.
The Georgia election is a sham and should be declared null and void. Never in my life have I seen so much blatant corruption in one single state in a single election. Brian Kemp should be on his way to the federal penitentiary for his tricks to suppress the vote, but instead he is likely on his way to the governor’s mansion in Atlanta. While running for governor in this election, he was serving as Georgia’s Secretary of State, and thereby overseeing this farce of an election! Talk about putting the fox in charge of the henhouse!
So, under Mr. Kemp’s watchful eye …
- Some 390 absentee ballots were thrown out in Gwinnett Country alone … a county that is largely comprised of African-Americans, Latinos and Asians. Thrown away!
- Approximately 53,000 voter registrations were “placed on hold” for minor discrepancies between the registration and other form of voter I.D. such as a driver’s license or passport. The discrepancies were as minor as a missing hypen in a hyphenated name, or one letter off in the name of a street address. Kemp insisted on every registration being an “exact match”. Even an extra space was enough to disqualify the registrations.
- There was the bus filled with about 40 African-American senior citizens being taken to the polls for early voting, but when they arrived, a county clerk forbade the elderly people from getting off the bus.
- An African-American city commissioner who spent the day driving citizens to the polls one day during early voting, was arrested twice in one day on trumped-up charges.
- On Sunday, with absolutely no evidence to support the claim, Kemp claimed there were hacking attempts and ordered an investigation … two days prior to the election and with zero evidence.
- Yesterday morning, the lines to vote in Fulton County, Georgia, were long and the average wait time was three hours. Why? Because somebody mistakenly sent only three voting machines to the polling place, when many more were required. Fulton County covers a large portion of Atlanta. Many voters left … you know how it is … they had jobs and had to get to work! The idiot responsible for the mistake apologized. Gee.
- And back in Gwinnett County, where 60% of voters are minorities, somebody forgot to bring power cords for the machines, so once the batteries died, the voting machines were … dead. The lines stretched, people left to go to work, and there was a 4.5 hour-long wait for most voters. Mostly African-American voters, that is. Are you starting to see a pattern here?
There has been no integrity in the Georgia election for governor and I personally am declaring it null and void. My solution is to send every single registered voter an absentee ballot and allow them 10 days to fill out the ballot and return it. This process and the counting of the ballots should be overseen by either the Georgia Supreme Court, or else members of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Nothing less is acceptable.
The candidate challenging Brian Kemp is Stacy Abrams, an African-American woman. In addition to all the above shenanigans, she has had to put up with lies, lies, and more lies told by none other than Donald Trump. Trump has claimed that Abrams plans to “get rid of” the second amendment (false) and also that she would turn the entire state of Georgia into a giant sanctuary city (both false and irrelevant). Now, to those of us with a working brain, these are blatantly made up rumours by the ‘man’ who calls himself a president, but how many of the under-educated white people in Georgia believed him and cast a vote for the bigoted Brian Kemp? Another blow against election integrity in the state of Georgia.
My second observation is that I think we need some rules here. Why is the so-called president of this nation allowed to put his two-cents’ worth in? The U.S. Congress is one of three branches of the United States government, and per the U.S. Constitution, is intended to be entirely independent of the executive branch and is supposed to serve as a check on the power of the presidency. Isn’t that independence lost when the president is actively and avidly campaigning for specific candidates, those of his own party? Isn’t this a matter of carrying partisan politics too far? Donald Trump has not likely spent a full hour doing his job — the one we pay him to do — for the past two months, for all he has done is attend rallies on behalf of republican candidates where he spoke ignominious lies about the democratic challengers. Election reform is needed, for this has been a year of dirty pool all the way around, in the congressional races and governor races alike. Can we not at least require honesty, if not integrity, from our candidates? We have blatant white supremacists running, people who are affiliated with hate groups, and yet we have a president who is championing these abominable people. Is this civil? Is it even sane? Is it fair? Is it just? The answer to all of these questions is that no, it is not. The 2018 mid-terms, no matter the outcome, has been the dirtiest, most unfair, nastiest election in the history of this nation and it has left me with a terrible taste in my mouth, pain in my heart, and a feeling of deep shame for the country I once respected.
One result made me happy … the defeat of Mr. Voter Fraud, Kris Kobach by Laura Kelly for the Kansas governor’s race … Kobach is a Trump clone, filled with lies and dark toxins.
On the downside, I was deeply saddened by two losses in particular … Andrew Gillum in the Florida governor’s race, and Beto O’Rourke for the Senate seat held by Ted Cruz. Both of these men would have been valuable additions to our government and both were defeated by two of the most corrupt the GOP has to offer. As of this writing, there is still hope, albeit slim, for Stacy Abrams in Georgia, despite all of Kemps unconscionable manipulations.
And as I close up shop for tonight and head up to bed for a bit of shut-eye, it appears that the democrats have gained a majority in the House of Representatives!!!