Can’t Win Honestly? Then Cheat!

It’s a sad statement when one of the two political parties is so certain they cannot win in a fair and honest election that rather than change their ways, they do everything in their power (and some things that really are not in their legitimate power) to ensure half the people in the nation will not be able to cast a ballot in upcoming elections.  It is the equivalent of a child sneaking a cookie before supper, for he knows if he asks, he will be told “No, not until after supper.”  Only with much more serious and far-reaching consequences.

Today, Florida Governor and 2024 presidential hopeful, Ron DeSantis signed into law an extremely restrictive voter suppression law that he claims will place guardrails against fraud, even as he acknowledged there were no serious signs of voting irregularities last November.  But, DeSantis and the entirety of the Republican Party feel threatened by the fact that times are changing, people are becoming less tolerant of the bigotry that is the cornerstone of the Republican Party and … well, if you can’t win honestly, then you cheat, right?

The media, for the most part, was not allowed in to view the signing ceremony.  One exception:  Fox ‘News’.  Go figure.  DeSantis staged the signing on a live broadcast of Fox & Friends this morning, flanked by a small group of GOP legislators in Palm Beach County.  Other media organizations were shut out.  Freedom of press???  Or is that, like voting rights, being killed?

Look closely at the picture … see any Black faces there?  But it isn’t only Blacks and Hispanics the Republican governor and legislators are trying to disenfranchise.  According to Patricia Brigham, president of the League of Women Voters of Florida …

“The legislation has a deliberate and disproportionate impact on elderly voters, voters with disabilities, students and communities of color. It’s a despicable attempt by a one party ruled legislature to choose who can vote in our state and who cannot. It’s undemocratic, unconstitutional, and un-American.”

Do you remember when you were in school and each morning you had to stand and recite that ‘pledge of allegiance’ to the flag?  Being the rebel I am and have always been, I stopped doing that by about 2nd grade, and no matter what they threatened me with, I refused to stand or say the words that even back then rang false. I followed the example of Colin Kaepernick, before he was even born!  One line in that pledge calls the United States “one nation, indivisible …”.  Apparently, they were wrong.  I think they better be re-thinking that one and calling it “one nation, deeply divided”.

Within minutes of DeSantis signing the bill into law, lawsuits were filed.  The League of Women Voters of Florida joined the Black Voters Matter Fund, the Florida Alliance for Retired Americans, and others in assailing the new law in a federal lawsuit filed minutes after the signing.  A separate lawsuit by the NAACP and Common Cause alleges that the new law makes it more difficult for people who are Black, Latino or disabled to vote.

My hope is that the courts will strike down all these restrictive measures too many states are taking to try to disenfranchise us, to shove their will down our throats, but sadly I’m not as confident of that as I once was.

5 thoughts on “Can’t Win Honestly? Then Cheat!

  1. Hello Jill. Did anyone notice he signed the bill on a Fox news segment? No longer can anyone say that Fox is not the media arm of the Republican party. I read several news articles today that said that all other reporters were not allowed into the signing room, only Fox News people. Also the Republicans cannot say these voter suppression bill are not political then why did this person who is said to be running for the White House in 2024 feel it necessary to sign the voter suppression bill on the Republican media network? Hugs

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  2. Reblogged this on Ned Hamson's Second Line View of the News and commented:
    According to Patricia Brigham, president of the League of Women Voters of Florida …

    “The legislation has a deliberate and disproportionate impact on elderly voters, voters with disabilities, students and communities of color. It’s a despicable attempt by a one party ruled legislature to choose who can vote in our state and who cannot. It’s undemocratic, unconstitutional, and un-American.”

    Do you remember when you were in school and each morning you had to stand and recite that ‘pledge of allegiance’ to the flag? Being the rebel I am and have always been, I stopped doing that by about 2nd grade, and no matter what they threatened me with, I refused to stand or say the words that even back then rang false. I followed the example of Colin Kaepernick, before he was even born! One line in that pledge calls the United States “one nation, indivisible …”. Apparently, they were wrong. I think they better be re-thinking that one and calling it “one nation, deeply divided”.

    Within minutes of DeSantis signing the bill into law, lawsuits were filed. The League of Women Voters of Florida joined the Black Voters Matter Fund, the Florida Alliance for Retired Americans, and others in assailing the new law in a federal lawsuit filed minutes after the signing. A separate lawsuit by the NAACP and Common Cause alleges that the new law makes it more difficult for people who are Black, Latino or disabled to vote.

    My hope is that the courts will strike down all these restrictive measures too many states are taking to try to disenfranchise us, to shove their will down our throats, but sadly I’m not as confident of that as I once was.

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  3. The funny thing is, these people are already in power and so must have achieved a higher number of votes at the elections. That may well be due to gerrymandering but if it wasn’t stopped then, is it likely to be now? So where’s the fire, what’s the panic, they’re likely to retain their majority in their own States just as those they don’t own are more likely to remain Democrat. I could understand all this if there was the possibility of a sudden Democrat majority whooshing through, but previous measures will have taken care of that I’d guess. The most they can do is future proof them against losing unless a Court changes the gerrymandered districts into a more realistic representation of how the State is divided.

    Cwtch

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    • In many cases yes, but House members only have to win in their district, sometimes a comparatively small number of votes. And in other cases, like Mitch McConnell, they have been around so long that people vote for them without thinking, I believe. And then there’s the issue of gerrymandering. Typically, in the House, the members who represent the cities and the larger number of people, tend to be Democrats, whereas Republicans can more easily dominate rural areas where often the people are not as well educated, not as politically savvy, and easier to fool with lies and conspiracy theories.

      Their panic comes from the largest voter turnout in our history, despite the pandemic, last year. The GOP fails to understand that Trump sunk his own boat with his horrendously bungled response to the pandemic, by keeping us in the dark and even lying to us about the lethality, when he had been briefed and was all too well aware of what was about to happen. THAT, more than anything, cost him the election. But, the GOP is convinced that it was the large voter turnout, that if there had been no concessions made to the pandemic such as postal voting, ballot boxes, etc., fewer people would have voted (read, fewer people of colour, fewer elderly, fewer college students, etc.) and their guy would still be sitting in the Oval Office. Therefore, they are hellbent and determined to ensure that next time ’round, far fewer of those “undesirables” will be able to vote. They are especially concerned that many of Biden’s proposals have popular support across party lines, and that would make him harder yet to beat in 2024. Districts will be re-drawn this year based on the 2020 census, and I’ve heard that it will be favourable to the Republicans, but I’ve also heard it will be favourable to the Democrats. I haven’t studied it yet, so I cannot make a call on that just yet.
      Cwtch

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