There’s nothing more satisfying to the soul than when Spring comes around. Life abounds, and we get to see the re-birthing process of plants, animals, and ideals; even the horrific ones.
Holding up his latest legislative restrictions on voting rights like a proud father, Republican Florida Governor Ron Desantis is kicking off May 2021 epitomizing the gusto for Spring as mentioned above. Though racism and voting rights restrictions have been bedfellows since the dawn of civilization, other systemic issues have allowed for the indirect outcome of racism, and that’s what the piece today will focus on. And if we are to look at history, it isn’t until enough of the "right" (white) people are directly impacted that changes will be made at the legislative and executive branches to ensure a difference for all.
Buckle up because there are many tendrils in many pies on this one.
Written By: Anton Sawyer
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Starting small; let’s go with lack of self-awareness and a phrase all media types love to throw around, “common sense.” We hear arguments from conservative media like “you need an ID to fly in an airplane,” or “you need an ID for a bank account.” Though I’ve never done it, I have a distinct feeling that if you cross-reference the number of people who have not flown over the last year or two against those who didn’t vote, you’d see a lot of continuity in the results. Taking those statements at face value, it equates flying and banking to the same level of importance as fulfilling your constitutional right/duty. There are a lot of people out there who may have never in their life flown on a plane, but have voted in every election since “The Gipper.” And for the bank account? What about those who cannot get one for whatever reason and then utilize the services of cash-advance facilities.
But let’s take this a step further. What about God?
There have been many religious and political leaders that have espoused repeatedly the fact that voting is a right ordained by both God and/or Jesus Christ. In an article penned by Dr. Richard Land for the Southern Evangelical Seminary and Bible College he wrote, "Christians have a sacred duty to vote, and when we vote, to vote our convictions, our beliefs, and our values." Dr. James Dobson, Christian Author and Founder of Focus on the Family even went so far as to specify that it is a very personal covenant to make. "In a world that might say one vote doesn’t matter…it does matter because each person is of infinite worth and value to God."
For the casual follower or the side-line believer, it causes the utmost confusion when it is espoused from the pulpits that voting is a Celestial-based duty and a covenant between you and the Lord. Even if only one person was being denied the right to vote for whatever reason, as a believer in God, wouldn’t that be a non-starter? I completely understand that between Trump and some of his most ardent Christian supporters that A LOT of flexibility has been given when it comes to what was once cornerstones to their faith. As of 2021, we know that at least 3 of the 10 Commandments are completely negotiable. However, this is the right to vote, not just using misdirection to prevent someone from being forced to bake a cake for someone else.
As fresh as the nightmare that was the Trump presidency still lingers, it all really came down to immigration. For those who may have forgotten, during much of his administration, he was all about decimating any and all Constitutional Amendments and/or provisions to remove automatic birthright citizenship. Because of a complete lack of understanding by both he and his ilk as to how government works, he thought he could push through an executive order to prevent the geographical location of birth from granting citizenship to the United States and all rights received. In 2018 Trump did an interview with Axios on HBO where he made it clear he wanted to derail the constitutional provisions which allow for birthright citizenship. "It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment. Guess what? You don't. You can definitely do it with an Act of Congress. But now they're saying I can do it just with an executive order." He continued, "We're the only country in the world where a person comes in and has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States ... with all of those benefits. It's ridiculous. It's ridiculous. And it has to end."
Even if he would have been able to do that from his desk in the Oval Office, it would have a direct impact on fundamental land ownership rights that were addressed in the 14th amendment and provisions contained within other amendments. Between this and his many immigration laws and public displays of outward hatred for anyone who wasn’t an American, all of this flies directly into the morality that is displayed by the GOP and their talking heads on radio and television. It also flies directly in the face of provable facts.
There is a complete laundry list debunking all of the GOP and Trump talking points regarding real versus perceived voter fraud, I recommend checking it out in our bibliography (linked here). Because of this, I wanted to focus on just the latest example of legitimate voter fraud, which comes from Pennsylvania, May 2021 is Bruce Bartman. He was sentenced to 5 years probation for illegally voting twice in 2020 for Trump. Even doing minimal research will show the names, dates, instances, etc. of those that have been convicted voting multiple times for Trump in both 2016 and 2020. When you hear Fox or similar “news broadcasts” report on voter fraud, they only throw out tens of thousands of numbers, but nothing else. It’s rare to hear them give the name, case number, and specific conviction information for liberals stealing the vote—certainly not as many as their GOP counterparts.
Maybe I’m wrong? Maybe this is reverse psychology? Because news items like this are rarely featured on any conservative news outlet, maybe they really do only care about the numbers. When they can look at their audience and honestly tell them that there were thousands of instances of voter fraud in a specific election, all the while forgetting to mention it was all done by their base for their candidates. I honestly entertained this idea until I heard a quote by the late, great Rush Limbaugh. “The problem with [racial] profiling is that it works.” And sadly, until enough of this deception can be nullified and brought to light, it’s going to keep living like an infection.
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