Most states are passing laws that restrict voting rights, especially those of Blacks, Hispanics, the poor, the elderly and the young, and some of those laws are positively draconian! For example, our friend Suze reports that …
“My own state has a bill under discussion that would make it a felony to provide transport to a voting site to anyone “not within their immediate family.”
So, if your neighbor’s car is in the shop being repaired, and the nearest polling place is ten miles away, you are forbidden to take them to vote??? I think not! If such a law were passed here, I would double down on my determination to drive my friends and neighbors to the polling station and dare anybody to cross me! Toss me in jail if you will … I won’t back down! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr …
Just this morning, Suze informed me that the bill failed in the State Senate … by one vote … ONE LOUSY VOTE!
And then there’s this little tidbit …
They would close fully 86% of the polling places, meaning every person would have to travel further and wait longer in line just to cast their vote. WHAT THE SAM HELL is wrong with these damn fools??? Said one resident of Georgia’s Lincoln County …
“I don’t like it at all, because we are such a long county. Now seven may be too much, but one is definitely not acceptable for especially the elderly coming all the way into town to do that.”
Thanks to many states expanding the options for early voting and postal voting due to the pandemic in 2020, we saw the highest voter turnout numbers in more than a century. If the states are allowed to continue with their pattern of obstruction without overriding federal legislation or action from the courts, we may well see the lowest voter turnout in the history of the nation this year.
Meanwhile, the Senate Minority Leader, Kentuckian Mitch McConnell, yesterday made this statement:
“African-American voters are voting in just as high a percentage as Americans.”
Yep, you read it right … he actually said that. Obviously, Mr. McConnell doesn’t see Black people as Americans at all, but rather sees them as “other” and doesn’t believe it is his job to give them equal representation! It is interesting to note that in the current Congress, there are 56 Black Democrats and only two Black Republicans … this in itself should tell you something about the Republican Party and its racist ideology.
And yet, in the face of all these attempts to keep We the People from exercising our right to vote, to have a voice in our government, some 52 members of the United States Senate have refused to enact two bills, the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. WHY??? Because the more people who are able to vote, the less likely Republicans are to win at the polls. Yes, it’s that simple, folks. The majority of people 18 years of age and older in this country lean more toward voting for Democrats whose ideology is to put the people … ALL of the people … first, as opposed to the Republicans who pander only to the wealthy and large corporations. Things like education, the environment, minimum wage laws, and more simply do not matter to today’s Republican Party.
Still, We the People continue working hard to pay our taxes to support these men and women who laugh all the way to the bank as they pat themselves on the back for screwing us over. The situation is untenable and sooner or later the people of this country will tire of being walked on by those whose salaries we pay.
There are many things that need to be addressed by our federal government but there are two that are critical to our survival: the environment and voting rights. Both of these issues are being ignored or opposed by the Republicans in Congress. Please, my friends, let them know how you feel with a phone call or a letter and above all else, let’s vote the slackers out of office and elect men and women who care enough about our future to do the right thing.