It’s about time that somebody set the record straight. The GOP has spent the last 2 years of their relentless quest for power through minority rule by passing more and more restrictive voting laws in GOP controlled states.
But as the GOP squanders its winning hand, it begins to look like that might not do it. A combination of those new restrictive voting laws, a lack of police reform, and SCOTUS overturning Roe has mail in ballot requests up, new voter registration up, especially among women and minorities, community based activism is at a fever pitch, with plans to get voters to the polls, and neighborhood education on how to properly fill out mail in ballots.
Which leaves the GOP with Plan B. Threaten fear, intimidation, and possible physical violence at polling places. The RNC is openly boasting about a multi million dollar program to hire and train poll watchers to blanket polling places, and darkly hint that some of the cretins may even be armed, even though that is illegal within anywhere from 100-500′ of the polling place. If you can’t legislate them away from voting, then scarify them away instead.
Good luck with that shit, ass clowns. I wish I could remember the name of the career civil rights and voting activist Ari Melber had on his show yesterday on MSNBC, but my hearing aids were in the charger. I believe she works out of Atlanta with Stacey Abrams. When Ari brought up the veiled GOP threats of possible polling place violence, she smiled, shook her head, and demolished the GOP.
I don’t know if anybody noticed yet, but I’m black. My parents are black, my grandparents are black, and my great grandparents are black, it runs in the family. And as a little girl, I grew up surrounded by stories of the physical violence that my forebears suffered for the right to cast a ballot. If you’re a black American, physical violence is an ever present feeling you get every time you queue up at a polling place.
Thank You! Thank you for reminding everybody that after the Emancipation Proclamation, it took 100 years for the black right to universal voting in the US to be codified into law. Sweet Jesus, during Reconstruction, the US congress had to pass The Klan Act to stop racist peckerheads from assaulting and killing duly elected black officials for the crime of simply doing their job. Redneck racists beat John Lewis to within an inch of his life on the Edmond Pettis Bridge, and more white supremacist troglodytes threw a bomb into a church, killing a binch of pre teen girls just completing choir practice. Polling place violence against blacks isn’t a bug, it’s a feature!
And I’m betting that they’re not the only ones. I’m betting that when plenty of Hispanic families get together to celebrate, the oldsters tell the kids how lucky they are to grow up in a country where you can freely cast a vote. Because it wasn’t that way in the old country, you took your life in your hands if you showed up to vote against the current dictator.
These rich, arrogant, pampered, brainless twits at the RNC and running the GOP don’t seem to realize that polling place violence is not a threat to these people, it’s a long accepted potential way of life. Their ancestors bled, and in some cases died for this right, and they aren’t about to let some mob of cheap thugs deprive them of their hard fought birthright. What a bunch of total morons the GOP are.