Welcome to the summer of 2020, the summer of voter suppression, where if you are a voter in an Atlanta black neighborhood it takes 3 to 4 hours in driving rain to vote, while if you are a white suburbanite you can walk right into your polling station and you can be done within 15 minutes. And if you want to vote by mail, you may have the same experience as Stacey Abrams, former governor candidate of Georgia, who received in her “voter by mail package” a return envelope that was steamed shut so that she could not return it….forcing her to go out and waste 3 hours in line to vote. This is Georgia, Republican controlled Georgia. So, while we are protesting in the streets; changing people’s mind; reflecting an 80% mood for a change from a Republican governance of anger, hate and division, it doesn’t really matter much if we cannot get our vote registered at all because of a process rigged in favor of Republicans, by Republicans. Just ask Stacey Abrams. She had the governorship of the State of Georgia stolen from her by an electoral system that was rigged against her by a Republican controlled electoral system that removed or gerrymandered 500,000 voters away from electing her to office. They are trying to steal the current election in Georgia.
I am very worried. We are well beyond halfway down the road to dictatorship, and everybody tells me, “Don’t worry, once the Democrats take over in November, we will be able to get back on the right path”. But what if the Democrats don’t win in November; what if the Republicans are able to suppress the vote everywhere, as they did in yesterday’s exercise in futility in Georgia, where certain neighborhoods had to wait up to 5 hours to cast their vote, a test that seems a little more than unfair in a Democracy that is supposed to be a model for the rest of the world. What does that tell the rest of the world about the effectiveness of all the peaceful, positive, multi culture, multi-generational demonstrations that show the will of the people, if the will of the people cannot be reflected in our voting booths? Just like what happened to Stacey Abrams in Georgia and what is happening again in Georgia, is now also being prepared to happen in Florida and Wisconsin and Arizona and Iowa, etc. etc. “ad farewell Democracy”. Who are the experts, the patriots, the guardians of our freedoms; where are they; and how are they going to be able to protect and monitor these “catastrophes in the making”; or am I just a modern day Cassandra, “cursed to utter true prophecies, but never to be believed”. Maybe I should consider cross dressing!
I think that not only can it happen here, but that it is already happening here. Republicans are laying the groundwork right now with the encouragement and assistance from The White House, whose fog machine is just now getting warmed up, and which will soon reach Cyclone proportions. Lying, distraction tweets about a 75 year old peaceful protester in Buffalo, New York, who was knocked to the ground by overly aggressive, ignorant police who ignored the blood leaking from his ear onto the concrete; later only to be deliberately mis-labeled by a dirtbag President of the United States as an agent provocateur who was really intent upon inciting violence, by almost killing himself by cracking his skull open. This is our President’s outrageous claim. They are trying to steal the election in Wisconsin and every other state possible.
The only incitement that we can really expect is the incitement of confusion and anger and divisiveness that will continue to emanate from a small, desperate, criminal in the White House, scurrying around to find more “Law and Order”, egregious, distracting activities such as military helicopters drowning out and buzzing innocent demonstrators, while the media gets (justifiably) distracted looking into the chain of command to find out who ordered such illegal activities. It is a simple strategy. Let us not make this any more complicated than necessary. This tiny little man is scared to death that he is going to lose the November election, and then spend the rest of his life dodging prosecutors trying to put him in jail. He knows the full scale of his criminal deeds done before he was elected, and he is haunted by the multitudes of every ghost invading his nightmares every night, finally giving him a glimpse of the sweats and the “I can’t catch my breath” syndrome he so richly deserves. Look for Mr. “Ex-President, future convict, Donald Trump” to turn the noise volume up louder than anything we’ve ever heard before to make sure people aren’t paying attention to the voter suppression he and his Republicans cronies are going to unleash on our elections. It is not the Russian we need to worry about as much as our own home-grown, greedy, power hungry, thieving, Republican assholes.
They send all the cops to a staged fire or a staged kidnapping uptown, while they rob the unprotected bank downtown. Where is Bruce Willis when you need him?
Just remember that there is going to be tons of distracting insanity, all coming from the White House, all designed to distract from the voter suppression efforts that are happening right now. Perhaps you may have forgotten that there has been a reform Democrat Voters Rights Act bill languishing on Mitch McConnell’s desk for the last 6 months. Six months, and this useless anachronism continues to defy the will of one hundred million voters who are in the streets demanding action. Such is the state of affairs in 2020 America, our Democratic Republic, the home of the free and the brave.
Get ready. Next, we are soon to be subjected to some new, outlandish Donald Trump speech to the nation on race relations, purporting to tell black people how to live their lives, delivered by the “President of Compassion and Empathy” himself. It will smack more of pouring gasoline on the fire of racism, especially if he pulls another Bible like stunt for a background photo/video image of a “Coronation like” event where he can honor himself as the expert or “stable genius” of his hallucinations. It would be laughable if it were not so downright evil. And if it is ghost written by ace staff speechwriter Stephen Miller, a man who has never had a nice word for any person of color ever, you can be sure it will incite plenty of desired controversy, despite Stephen’s futile attempts to feign caring and Donald’s inability to not stutter incomprehensibly over any line that even approximates empathy.
This is a moment in history for a change, for a transformation for a total reform away from a greed based racism of injustice that brutalizes every aspect of life for peoples of color to a justice that creates an equality of opportunity; for decency and dignity for all. An 8 minute video of a man’s life being snuffed out by an officer of the law as he begged for his life, “I cannot breath” says that the American people have had enough of repressive, militaristic law and order tactics. They want true policing that protects and serves. The Republicans should not be allowed to smother and suffocate this moment as was done to George Floyd’s life.
They are trying to steal the elections in every other state they can get their grubby, greedy hands on.
Power and greed. Somebody call Bruce! Do not let this moment die.