Trump, Republicans and Racists

It didn’t start with Donald Trump, but I must ask the question. Can you name one Republican effort to expand the vote to more Americans? No, you cannot, because Republicans have never done anything to expand the ability of those who have a right to exercise their democratic responsibility to vote. If that doesn’t make you angry, then you must be one of them.

Seriously, why the suppression? The answer may be found in an event that took place on January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation, issued by President Abraham Lincoln, not only freed the slaves but paved the way for Black men to vote. After Lincoln was assassinated, Vice President Andrew Johnson proceeded to undermine all the goals of reconstruction in the south. Simply put, state’s rights became a way to appease the wounded Southern states and they took back the power to regulate one important aspect of democratic life, voting.

Get out of slavery card

After taking land away from African Americans, southern state legislatures passed draconian laws to push the Black man away from the ballot box. Tactics like poll taxes, phony IQ tests and harsh gerrymandering raised significant fear. The KKK and other white supremacist gangs captured, tortured and lynched Black men to “send a message.”

A November 2015 report by the Alabama-based Equal Justice Initiative found that between the years 1877 and 1950 nearly 4,000 Black people were lynched in a dozen Southern states — a higher number than previous estimates. The practice of extrajudicial executions was advanced by white people, who claimed they were God-fearing Christians protecting their women from the Black man. If you find this excuse repulsive, then you are normal.

In recent moves to make voting more difficult, Republicans are openly attempting to cut people off from the voting process. It’s a shameful act of greed and gamesmanship that will lead to more distrust of the American voting process. It’s mostly a show, but these tactics hurt people and our country. Actions like removing mailboxes or ballot drop boxes and curtailing mail-in, absentee and other early voting methods are unamerican actions by people who are trying to limit Black voters and thwart the possible “Blue Wave” many predict in America.

The United States is becoming more ethnic every day. The activities of Southern bigots have spread to states like Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan. They are trying to reduce the voting of ethnic minorities. Republicans fear a loss of power, and their agenda is filled with moral and legislative abuses. In short, they want to control how the rest of us live, dictating who you may love and women’s power over their bodies. Who gave them this power? Why are they afraid of Black people? Well, politicians like Donald John Trump constantly say things that empower bigoted white folk in their beliefs of being “chosen people.”

When Trump bragged about his administration’s rescinding an Obama-era fair housing rule that was meant to combat housing discrimination, he characterized low-income housing as a detriment to the suburbs. He claimed, “There will be no more low-income housing forced into the suburbs. … It’s been going on for years. I’ve seen conflict for years. It’s been hell for suburbia.” He might as well have said, “I signed something that’s going to keep Black people and poor people from getting ahead.” The racists got his message.

The Governor of Texas

When Governor Greg Abbott of Texas declared there should be fewer voter drop boxes, no one could explain why that was a good idea during a pandemic. Neither did US District Judge Robert Pitman, who ruled against the Republican governor on Friday in a 46-page decision that included an injunction barring the state from restricting each county in the state to a single drop-off location for ballots before Election Day. Judge Pitman said the governor’s decree was “perplexing,” but what gets my goat is an appellate court granted that the original order to remove the boxes can move forward. Why did they do that? Corrupt judge?

Should it be upheld, the elderly and the ill or those in wheel chairs will be particularly affected by the governor’s rule because they are probably more fearful than most to go to a polling place with long lines and more potential exposure to the novel coronavirus. So, why did Governor Abbott do this? What possible reason could he have, other than a massive trick to make it harder to vote? Why have Republicans historically done this? Because they want fewer African and Hispanic Americans voting in the election. It’s out-in-the-open voter suppression and, without intervention of the courts, will be a continuation of racism in US politics. Dreadful.

Please don’t think that the color of a man’s skin determines their willingness to go along with what “the man” tells him to do. I have the strongest feeling that Daniel Jay Cameron, the Attorney General of the State of Kentucky and a Black man, did not present all the evidence in the Brianna Taylor case to the grand jury. I believe Mr. Cameron is working more for the Republican party and less for the people of Kentucky. Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader in the US Senate, referred to Cameron as his “protege.” So, is Mitch his master?

Cameron took over the case saying it had to be handled correctly. Well, was it? Really? An innocent public servant was murdered by police in her own apartment and no one was charged with home invasion? Yes, mistakes were made with the worst possible outcome, and that is why a Special Prosecutor must be appointed to undo the suppression of evidence by Mr. Cameron. It’s a Republican thing. They suppress the facts, suppress the vote and suppress democracy. Who are these people?

Hopefully, we will blast Donald Trump out of office, but then the work will really begin. We need to pass some laws, change some rules and start to make our democracy and government work better. People should NOT be able to skip out of congressional hearings, ignore subpoenas and disrespect the American justice system. Attorneys General must be reviewed with vigorous oversight. Most importantly, we need to appoint judges who are free of deeply held political or religious bias. I’m getting tired of asking people to read the First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Oh, I have grievances, I have a ton of them.

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