Georgia’s Severe Voter Restrictions Are Prelude To Trump Inspired Fascism
It is a travesty that Republicans don’t reveal the exact same commitment to democracy in America as they did when America attacked Iraq to depose Saddam Hussein and enable every Iraqi to elect the prospect of their option. However as most Americans understand, Republicans are renowned for their outright opposition to democracy in America.
After the GOP’s man-turned-god lost a quote for a 2nd term in what has actually been called the “most secure election in American history,” Republican regulated states have actually been on a tear to develop the exact same conditions in America that permitted oppressive totalitarian Saddam Hussein to stay in power.
On November 12 4 leading authorities in Trump’s Department of Homeland Security specified “the 2020 presidential election was the most secure in American history.” Less than three weeks later on over at the Department of Justice Trump’s small dog and previous Attorney general of the United States William Barr specified unconditionally that there “was no evidence of fraud that would affect the election’s outcome.”
Regardless of no evidence of election scams in the election, as of February 19 there were 253 brand-new citizen constraint laws presented in 43 Republican states; there have actually been a lot more presented ever since. Republicans pointed out issue for election stability and security due to the fact that regardless of no scams, Republicans will never ever confess they are fascists opposed to democracy. Or, as President Biden stated throughout his interview on Thursday: Associateublican efforts to stop democracy are “sick” and “un-American.“
President Biden grossly downplayed the scenario in a liberal democracy, however he couldn’t actually call Republicans fascists. Nevertheless, “sick and un-American” is as great a description as anything to discuss the brand-new citizen suppression legislation signed into law in Georgia under the guise of election stability.
Obviously, the new restrictions on voting have nothing to do with integrity and everything to do with suppressing the vote – of people of color.
In what is likely the most pernicious changes, the Republican-controlled legislature gets unchallenged control over election administration to ensure that Republican candidates get to win.
Because the current Secretary of State, Republican Brad Raffensperger, failed to toe the line for Trump and violate the law, the new law replaces the Secretary of State as chair of the election board with an appointee chosen by the Republican legislature. One can imagine that either Trump will appoint one of his fascist, lying underlings to guarantee that a Republican of his choosing wins, or a Republican candidate will get the gig.
As if that isn’t bad enough, the new law authorizes the new appointee to remove and replace county election officials “deemed to be underperforming” in conducting free and fair elections. That change alone gives the GOP-controlled legislature more control over election outcomes and raises the obvious alarms about greater partisan influence.
There are also new restrictions on voting by mail, including requiring a photo ID to cast a ballot through the mail. Seriously, they may as well just eliminate voting by mail altogether or be honest in their intent and restrict voting by mail to white evangelical Republicans who voted for Trump in 2016 and 2020.
Some of the other voter suppression tactics include Republicans cutting the time period voters have to request absentee ballots. And to make it even more difficult for people with transportation issues, drastically limit the use of ballot drop boxes. Republicans also allow challenges to voting eligibility, and to show they are serious – criminalize any attempt to approach voters in line, even if only to give them food or water.
In a press conference when he signed the new anti-democracy legislation, the governor claimed without choking on his insincerity:
“Few are more important than the law I signed moments ago, which ensures Georgia’s elections are secure, accessible and fair.“
Many of Kemp’s fellow fascist Republicans argued that Georgia desperately needed a new rash of voting restrictions (on people of color) in order to boost election integrity – even though there was absolutely no evidence of fraud in the 2020 election.
The effect of the new Georgia voter suppression and restriction legislation was summed up best by State Senator Jen Jordan (D) on the floor of the Georgia senate. She said:
“It is like the Christmas tree of goodies in terms of voter suppression. We want to provide opportunities for people to vote. This bill is absolutely about opportunities — but it ain’t about the opportunity to vote. It’s about the opportunity to keep control and keep power at any cost.”
It is about voter suppression and it is, as President Biden said, “sick and un-American.” But it is also a direct result of Trump and his fascist attempt at not keeping, but seizing power at any cost including inciting an insurrection.
Audio engineer and instructor for SAE. Writes op/ed commentary supporting Secular Humanist causes, and exposing suppression of women, the poor, and minorities. An advocate for freedom of religion and particularly, freedom of NO religion.
Born in the South, raised in the Mid-West and California for a well-rounded view of America; it doesn’t look great.
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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.