Martin Luther King, Jr. once said “the arc of the moral universe is long.” Indeed it is, and in many Republican-led states it is getting longer, bending ever further, and radically so, away from justice. We are in a new phase of our decline and as any student of history can tell you: When the bureaucracy employs the power of the law, and regulations to quash man’s freedom, the fat lady is singing loud and clear for all to hear.
The Republican Party of Nevada has recently censured the state’s Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske for not doing enough to find fraudulent votes in November. Ms. Cegavske is a Republican. Her job is to certify the legal votes cast by the residents of Nevada and not to ensure that Republicans win at all costs.
“The intense dishonor her failures brought upon the Nevada Republican Party,” was how the Republican Party in the state explained why it was voting to censure her. They were “dishonored” obviously before Dear Dotard, who was very angry about the loss of the state.
More Americans voted in November 2020 than at anytime ever before. Many would call this a sign that our democracy, despite all the treacherous efforts of President Trump last year to discourage voting, to even maybe “postpone” the election, was pretty healthy. Americans so utterly sickened by those four years of reality-show TV, like an episode of The Apprentice that wouldn’t end, voted in droves to remove him from office. The record-breaking vote took place despite the coronavirus pandemic, by the way.
Aware that mail-in voting would favor Democrats because it would allow many minorities to circumvent already-existing voting restrictions, Trump began way back in the early summer to beat the drum of impending voter fraud.
With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 30, 2020
He then set out to destroy the United States Postal Service. By creating a crisis the country had never seen in its 244 years of history, such mail delays had been known since the pony express. Stories of utter chaos in postal distribution centers throughout the country were linked to Trump’s new appointee. If Trump couldn’t delay the election, if he couldn’t outlaw mail-in voting, then he would “kill the messenger.” And, he almost did.
Having failed to prevent the election, he ended up losing fair and square; but he won, nevertheless, the battle for messaging and now today 65% of Republicans think the 2020 election was a fraud.
Embarrassed, chastised even, Republican fascists all over the nation are now determined to ensure 2022 won’t be a repeat. Shocked by the amount of those pesky minorities who voted for change — meaning a system where nonwhites also have a say in the nation’s future —in 2008 and 2012, Republicans not only managed to create the greatest lie of our generation, the “myth of voter fraud,” but they also somehow got the Supreme Court to “strike down the heart” of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
The court divided along ideological lines, and the two sides drew sharply different lessons from the history of the civil rights movement and the nation’s progress in rooting out racial discrimination in voting. At the core of the disagreement was whether racial minorities continued to face barriers to voting in states with a history of discrimination.
The decision will have immediate practical consequences. Texas announced shortly after the decision that a voter identification law that had been blocked would go into effect immediately, and that redistricting maps there would no longer need federal approval. Changes in voting procedures in the places that had been covered by the law, including ones concerning restrictions on early voting, will now be subject only to after-the-fact litigation (Voting Rights Act).
The record-breaking numbers of votes cast in November was definitely helped by mail-in voting. As we all know by now, there was no voter fraud. Despite nearly a hundred law suits brought by Trump’s post-election legal team of misfits and miscreants, every single case was thrown out. “Trump’s” Supreme Court also threw out the bogus claims of voter fraud which effectively ended any further attempts by the Trump team from legally contesting the election. The final attempt, before Biden took office, was the insurrection and it too failed.
Determined, however not to let such future problems arise; and, not too keen on the visual of violence and insurrection, Republicans all over the country have donned their “non-thinking caps,” as they steal plays right out of the “How to Become an One-Party Rule Dictatorship” handbook.
Beyond defending Trump himself, state and local Republicans are perhaps the party’s biggest advocates of the kind of white-identity politics that is sometimes referred to as Trumpism. For example, GOP officials at the state level are now trying to bar schools from using materials from the New York Times’s 1619 Project, which focuses on the central role of slavery in American history. Such bans would effectively use government power to censor part of the public discourse and silence a project hated by many conservatives because of its critical look at Trump-style white-identity (Trumpiest Republicans).
These “patriots” are on a mission to slow the changing demographic tide; and, if they can’t slow it, then they will use disenfranchisement to ensure that they are always kept in “their places.” The harassing-police will be more empowered to harass. Laws will be more openly, and strategically, wielded against nonwhites. In addition, thanks to the relentless gerrymandering, a tool used more often and effectively by Republicans (Democrats, however, have been guilty of it also), they are able to ensure that many minorities are packed together in one voting district. This means that their votes go unheard — ensuring the laws stay as pro-white as possible.
For black and Hispanic Texans, however, the effects will be felt at least twice more. “Those voters must return to the polls in 2018 and 2020 with the knowledge that their ability to exercise meaningfully their right to vote has been burdened by the manipulation of district lines specifically designed to target their communities and minimize their political will,” Sotomayor wrote. In other words, the Republicans’ gambit worked (Texas Republicans).
We have seen the result of the Republican state-level coup in Georgia. Republicans there are so petty, and obviously well-informed of the goings-on in their state, that they even went after water and sandwiches. The long waits created to discourage Black voters were being overcome thanks to third-party groups bringing them food — now that’s against the law. Brian Kemp, the fascist governor, says the law actually expands the vote. George Orwell blushed after spinning in his grave a few times over that one.
Arizona also saw a record number of votes cast in November, and again this was thanks to mail-in voting. All across the nation, the voice of the people was heard louder and more clearly than ever before. That voice, however, is often accented in the wrong; it has the characteristics of regional dialects that quite often lead those hearing the voice to assume it belongs to a nonwhite person. Arizona Republicans are acting to silence these voices.
While devising fun ways to prevent the not-so-desirable voters from casting their votes, Arizona wants to exercise total control from above. If it can’t slow the tide of change and so lose a future election, which undoubtedly means there was voter fraud, they will instead just choose the presidential electors they want regardless of the will of the people. Remember the will of the people is only the “will” when it belong to “real Americans,” white folks. Disregarding the wishes of Blacks and minorities is a long-held tradition in the United States. Arizona will reinstate it.
But instead of awarding two at-large electors to the winner of the popular vote, the Republican-controlled legislature would assign those electors to its preferred candidate. Another separate proposal by GOP Rep. Shawnna Bolick would allow the legislature to simply override the will of the voters by allowing legislators to overturn the certification of presidential electors by a simple majority vote at any time before the inauguration (2020 Record Turnout).
Michigan was another battleground state that caused a lot of frustration for white, conservative America. Too many Black people voted, and as a result the voices of the gun-carrying, America-hating white nationalists of Michigan’s forests went unheard. While there was agreement among both Democrats and Republicans that the state wasn’t prepared for the huge amount of mail-in votes, the state’s Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson put forth a list of suggestions that were flatly rejected by Republicans. She wants to make it easier to mail-in votes, and she also wants to ban the carrying of firearms (yes, I wrote that) within 100 yards of polling stations.
The Coup Will Go On
I will say it again. There was no voter fraud in 2020 — let the freaks prove it. The seeds of Trump’s Big Lie were planted in the Spring of 2020; and, he let it be known to all, as he has done throughout his life, that there can only be one option: Either he gets his way and all is okay; or, he loses and then declares he was cheated. That was his chosen strategy in business, in marriage, and now in politics. The only problem is then, when he was running his businesses into the ground — take a look at the USFL, casinos, etc. — it was his future. The same can be said for his marriages.
This time, though, he has run America into the ground.
History will have a lot to say about the “Trump epoch,” and while we are still living it, it is hard to sum this whole thing up with a snappy sentence. The one thing we will surely say, and with certainty, is that America was. Then Trump happened.
And then America wasn’t.