Monday December 30, 2019
314 Days until the 2020 election and 395 days until the Inauguration
That’s the question asked by some of my conservative Republican friends via facebook memes.
On the surface it seems like a logical fair question, and it is – on the surface.
Let’s dig a tiny bit deeper.
Imagine you show up at your polling place, the one you’ve come to for decades, you present your ID, the same one you’ve always presented and you are told it’s no good. Just imagine that.
Now, for the sake of truth, honesty, and the American way you ask why not. Why isn’t the ID I’ve always presented for decades to show who I am no good?
Now, for the sake of truth, honesty, and the American way let’s say the poll worker knows and tells you, “Well, you see the Governor and the Republican Party wanted to figure out how to cut down the Democratic vote so they asked repeatedly what ID poor and black people used to identify themselves at polling places. Once they had that information they passed laws and or regulations saying those IDs were no longer acceptable.”
Now suppose, for the sake of truth, honesty, and the American way, you find that unbelievable. Why would the governor do that? He’s the governor. He’s supposed to represent all of us. But the poll worker reassures you that it’s true. Not only is it true but he went back after the law and regs were passed and asked again to make sure.
By the way, quiz question, “What state are you in?”
Not confusion, although that may be true. Welcome to North Carolina! Where the governor Pat McCrory and his Republican henchmen are working assiduously to screw over the poor and African American voters. Why? Well, they don’t vote Republican.
But don’t worry a judge struck down that dastardly trick. The judge also had to strike down the gerrymandering that the Republicans tried to pull off – not once, but at least twice. I think the Republicans finally came up with an acceptable gerrymander so they could keep the state Republican despite the popular vote being Democratic.
And it’s been ruled okay by the Supreme Court.
You want justice? You want fairness? You silly person.
This is just the tip of the spear. This is old news. Now, we’ve got Georgia and Wisconsin where hundreds of thousands of voters have been thrown off the voting roles. Go ahead and register, but when it comes time to vote you won’t be on the rolls. Why? Didn’t you return that crappy little postcard they sent you? The one that looked like junk mail? Oh you moved? Too bad, so sad, loser.
Yup, poor people move a lot, but they stay in the same area. So when they go to vote they’ll learn that their name no longer appears on the voting rolls. Welcome to Kansas or any of 17 states where this trick has been played.
But just in case a voter may sneak through there’s another one. See it’s called “cross check.” It’s based on the idea that if there is a name that appears on voter rolls in two states and it’s the same name it must be the same person. What to do? Why, take them off of both rolls. Sorry, John Smith.
Recently, hundreds of thousand of voters were taken off the rolls in Wisconsin and Georgia. Why? Well, they said they were trying to clean up their records. So what if it was mainly Stacie Abrams voters that she had registered? Just a coincidence. Well, yeah, the guy in charge of the voter rolls was her opponent, and he did squeak out a victory. Guess it was a good thing that during that election he forgot to register those 50,000 voters that had applied. Maybe, he didn’t forget. I mean he was head of the election and the applications were in his desk. But he’s gone ahead and gotten even more voters purged.
To be safe he’s got voting machines that the Russians or anyone else can easily hack. Remember the eleven year old kid who did it with a Word doc telling him how to do it and he did it in what? Five minutes? Yeah. Well, don’t worry because you’ll never know because Georgia doesn’t keep paper records and their man makes sure to erase the votes before anyone can get a look at them. A law to make it required to have paper back up failed to come to the floor of the Senate. Way to go Mitch!
In Wisconsin the case got struck down by a judge saying they hadn’t shown sufficient hardship or made their case or something like that. It was partially based on a Supreme Court ruling penned by that great (tongue in cheek here folks!) Constitutional scholar Anthony Scalia who ruled that people with photo IDs in place of driver’s licenses could get a new ID by going to the place where they handed out the IDs and that it wasn’t a hardship to go 17 miles to do that.
Think about that. Ask yourself, why would a person not have a driver’s license? I’m guessing because they don’t have a car. Why don’t they have a car? I’m guessing because they are poor (or the new urban elite that live in a city.) So how are they going to get to the place handing out the new IDs? I’m guessing taxi or walking. Is it a hardship for a poor person to take a 17 mile round trip? Heck you can walk it in six or seven hours if you’re healthy. What if you aren’t? What if you have to depend on a walker? Take a taxi, how much does a seventeen mile taxi ride cost? Oh snap, you’re poor. You don’t have the cash. Not to worry, once you got there they would have told you that the copy of your birth certificate was good enough, or that you marriage license was needed to show you had changed your name. They would have thought of something to make you have to come back. Hey, it’s the law! Sorry (ha ha).
Am I against photo ID? Naw. But I would like to see the playing field leveled. Let’s start with a simple little change – the only ID allowed for you to identify yourself at a polling place is your picture ID and the only acceptable ID is your SNAP ID. (SNAP is the welfare ID for you to get food cheaply or for free.) Don’t qualify for SNAP? That’s okay, we’ll set up a SNAP card for people who don’t qualify. Naturally, you’ll need to bring lots of paperwork to prove who you are and why you don’t qualify. We’ll even move the office to a place you’ve never heard of, and we’ll put in wacky hours, so even if you show up, it will be closed. When are you available? Uh huh. Uh huh. Sorry, they aren’t open then. In fact, we have a new procedure. It’s called “When we see you coming flip the ‘OPEN’ sign to ‘CLOSED’.” Yeah, I know. Too bad. But that’s the law.
And just in case you want to take it to court, we’ve been working to put people who agree with us on the bench.
But don’t give up. This is America! Everyone has a chance. We just want to make that chance as narrow as possible for you. God Bless.*
*Reminds me of a thing my buddy told me. He said when you’ve really screwed someone at work you reach across the table, put your hand on his shoulder and say, “What’s best for the company?”
314 Days until the 2020 election and 395 days until the Inauguration
PS One of King Tut’s boxes** he was buried inside of. At the old Cairo Museum.
** Sorry “shrines.” Okay to the tune of “What my true love gave to me”
“One granite sarcophagus, three gold coffins, four wooden shrines, and a pure golden mask!”
(Hum, doesn’t quite rhyme.)