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The desperation is almost palpable. In the wake of the Biden election, there have been more than 200 bills introduced in state legislatures controlled by the GOP to restrict voting in future elections. Everything from shortening early voting dates to restricting mail-in-ballot requests, to enhanced voting ID restrictions. It’s so bad that even deep red states are having heart spasms trying to stem the tide.
News Flash! It won’t work. And history is replete with examples of what happens when a minority tries to use what power it has to repel the great unwashed. King Louis CIV had the entire French military at his disposal, but it didn’t stop the overrunning of The Bastille and The palace of Versailles. And Czar Nicholas had the entire forces of Russia ready to rock and roll, but it couldn’t stop the fall of The Winter Palace. It’s kind of simple, when more people are ready to die for a cause than there are there to defend it, the conclusion is kind of pre-determined.
And that’s where we are now. Only without the pitchforks and torches, carbines and cannons. And whether the GOP likes it or not, the electorate has gotten younger, more liberal, and browner. But since all the GOP knows is brute force, that’s what they’re going with.
And this is why it won’t work. Because while the electorate has become younger, more liberal, and browner, the simple fact of the matter is that liberals have gotten smarter! When a major party becomes a minority, the only way they have to win is to make sure that the majority can’t vote! And that means legislation. And the
Democrats have learned their lesson.
Georgia is a perfect example. When Stacey Abrams got jobbed in 2018, she didn’t just hide under a throw in front of the TV with a quart of chunky chocolate chip ice cream., she mobilized. She didn’t just register a half a million new voters, she had activist lawyers ready to go to court and fight GOP measures meant to restrict the vote. Georgians were able to turn out en masse, and Biden narrowly carried the state.
Before the election was even held, Trump proudly proclaimed that he had an army of more than 1000 lawyers ready to fan out throughout the country to fight widespread voter fraud. The
Biden team put together a team of actual lawyers, and Trump’s ambulance chasers went 0-63 in state and federal courts.
But it goes deeper than that, all the way to the grassroots. The GOP did everything possible to make voting as difficult as they could, especially in person voting, in states that they controlled. And it flopped, miserably. Local merchants sent pizza, sandwiches, and water to people waiting in long lines. And in several places, a grassroots effort had flatbed trucks with speakers pulling up, shielding lines of voters from mobs of pro Trump protesters on the other side of the street, and cranked up the tunes. One of my favorite memories is of video footage of a portable truck pulling up in front of a line in Philadelphia, and cranking up the jams. There was a brother in line that was about 6’7″, an d about 170 lbs. but he had moves that would put MC Hammer to shame.
You see GOP, there’s the problem you face. Our right to vote is ingrained, for more than 240 years, by the blood of our ancestors. And when people decide to go out and vote, they will climb over whatever barricades you put in their way. And other Americans who value the right to cast a vote just as much will step up to make it as easy as possible for them to do it.
So, go ahead, pass whatever stupid restrictive voting laws you want. We’re ready to fight you in court.
And as long as Democrats can motivate voters, especially African American voters to turn out, you’re sunk. And do you think that African American voters have the bit in their teeth after the successes in 2020, especially in Georgia? The math is simple. There are more of us than there are of you. And that is only gong to get worse. Welcome to the Brave New World.
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