An Open Letter to Everyone Who Won’t Stop Telling Me to Vote
Sara C

Well, with so much rage, I was delighted to find something resembling a fact one could actually check out:

Similarly, one of Brett Kavanaugh’s first votes on the Supreme Court was in a 5–4 decision to let a North Dakota law stand that requires voters to have a street address on their ID to vote.

The decision was 6–2 and Kavanaugh didn’t participate. And it’s pretty clear that this is probably a one-time thing, as the tribes and Sec. of State appear to have worked out a way to solve the problem, although maybe too late for many voters this time around. Perhaps that’s all the Republicans wanted, but considering that the state doesn’t even have a voter registration requirement, one shouldn’t be too quick to think voter suppression is a major goal of its government. The case against Georgia is far better, but my concern here is not whether Republicans are vile vote-suppressors (that they are is old news); it’s how uncritically, and, therefore, self-impeachingly, the author accepts “facts” that support her argument. What else does she have wrong, here or in her head?

One thing is her whining about how the popular vote didn’t determine the presidential election. The USA is not supposed to be a democracy. It’s supposed to be a representative republic spanning a continent, featuring political and economic interests that to a major extent diverge along urban/rural lines. A popular vote for president would be like five lions and four lambs voting on the dinner menu. (Gerrymandered Congressional districts are a whole ‘nother thing, about which I have nothing kind to say.)

I’m not aware of the “Don’t boo, vote” crowd saying “just vote.” No one is discouraging action. But the vote is right there to cast, and saying it’s not enough will be heard as “don’t bother.” In Through the Looking Glass, Humpty Dumpty tells Alice that when he uses a word, it means what he says it means. Lucky him. Here in the world of actual politics, when we use a word, it means what the audience wants it to mean. Just ask any poor schnook who tried to support some liberal cause or other and got taken to the woodshed for not getting the liturgy right.

Or, just read this article.