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.