The assault on voting rights based on lies and conspiracy theories continues. Now, President Joe Biden has assigned Vice-President Kamala Harris to lead the administration’s efforts to combat Republicans’ efforts to restrict voting.
During a speech commemorating the Tulsa Race Massacre, President Biden said, “With her leadership and your support, we’re going to overcome again, I promise you. But it’s going to take a hell of a lot of work.” It is going to take a lot of work to save this democracy from Republicans’ attempts to destroy it.
Vice-President Harris said in an interview with The Washington Post, “We have to recognize that there are certain people that are threatened by the power of the people.” We should also recognize there are certain people threatened by black women.
Black women saved democracy in 2021. Without black women, Doug Jones wouldn’t have won the Alabama Senate seat (which he held briefly) in 2017, Democrats wouldn’t have retaken the House or the Senate, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris wouldn’t have won the 2021 election, and Donald Trump would still be a wannabe fascist occupying the White House. He’s still a wannabe fascist but now he’s just occupying a shitty golf resort plagued with bedbugs.
Kamala Harris is the perfect choice to lead the administration’s efforts to save democracy from democracy-hating Republicans. They’re afraid of the power of black women…so let’s send a black woman to kick their ass.
They’re creating laws designed to restrict voting among black Americans. This is a response to the large turnout of voters in 2021, not a response to any actual vote fraud. The last time there was enough fraud to overturn an election, it was because of Republican ballot harvesting for a House seat in North Carolina.
Republicans are reducing voting hours and hours of ballot drop box availability. They’re restricting mail-in voting. They’re increasing the power of legislatures (controlled by Republicans) to overrule local election boards. They’re giving oversight powers to partisan poll watchers. In Texas, Republicans targeted the hours black churches would drive their congregations to vote on Sunday, and made it illegal to vote during church hours on Sunday. In Georgia, they’ve outlawed giving water to voters in line.
Michigan is a state Biden and Harris won and has a Democratic governor. State law allows the legislature to petition voters to change a law…and that a governor can’t veto. Republicans are going to petition voters to help them restrict their voting rights. Only a Republican would fail to catch the irony of having voters vote to suppress their rights to vote. I expect liberal Michigan cartoonist Mike Thompson at the Detroit Free Press to catch that irony. I expect MAGAt Detroit News cartoonist Henry Payne, to ask “What’s irony?”
These laws are based on lies and they’re racist. They mimic Jim Crow voting laws that suppressed the right to vote for black Americans. They have been exposed, yet Republicans are continuing with the sham and attack on democracy. Even Republicans who oppose the Big Lie that the election was stolen from Donald Trump are supporting these racist anti-voting laws based on the Big Lie.
Most voters in this nation reject Republicans. Republicans know they can’t appeal to a wider base of voters if they don’t come up with new ideas. Their new idea is to suppress voting so they don’t have to come up with new ideas. As more Americans vote Democratic, the Republican plan to to make it more difficult for those people to vote. If you can’t win a voter’s vote, then outlaw that voter’s vote.
Republicans have no faith in their own message. And now, they’re decreasing their appeal by circling the racist wagons around a failed president like Donald Trump. Usually, when one man loses you the House, Senate, and White House, you don’t rebuild in his image. You find a new one.
Republicans are trying to cut changing demographics off at the pass. They believe if they restrict enough voting in addition to gerrymandering, the fact fewer Americans will vote for them will be a non-factor. But now the factor they have to deal with is the vice-president of the United States.
Republicans can’t compete with Kamala Harris. She’s smarter and better than they are. She’s on the right side of the issues. She’s a former prosecutor who is about to prosecute Republicans’ racism and bullshit in the court of public opinion.
Now, the only answer for Republicans will be to try to find a way to outlaw Kamala Harris.
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