Well, Georgia went ahead and did it, they passed their onerous anti-voter bill, or in other words, Jim Crow 2.0. This is the bill that not only restricts absentee ballots but also reduces drop boxes and early voting opportunities, and famously forbids giving food or drinks to people in the long lines they just purposefully created.
Republicans are now saying it right out in the open. They
cannot come up with any policies that will draw middle and lower-class votes,
so they’re trying to reduce the number of voters. This is your “God, country, and apple pie” party. And now, it better be their
God and their country and no
foreigners better have picked the apples for that pie.
Regardless of the optics of their actions, the messaging
machinery is out working in overdrive to convince people that they’re just
trying to keep voting secure and that IDs are just the normal way of life.
This meme is bullshit on two levels. First, there’s the
veracity of their examples. Out of all of these, banking is the only one where
ID is required in every case.
Alcohol and cigarettes: Only if you look young,
or in the rare case when an establishment cards everyone as a policy. I haven’t
been carded in over 10 years, and then it was at a ballgame where they carded
everyone, including senior citizens. But in almost every other case, obvious
adults don’t get carded. And even then, it’s not about establishing identity,
it’s for age only.
Buying a house: Only for the banking end of it
if you need a mortgage. If you’ve got a couple hundred thousand to drop on a
house, no one is going to check your driver’s license before taking the money.
Get a job: Do you think the migrants who picked
your salad or cut your grass had to show a driver’s license?
· Buy a gun: If you go to a gun show with cash, you’ve yourself got a gun. That’s a loophole that, against the lobbying wishes of Republicans and the NRA, reasonable people are trying to close.
So, the need for ID is only in particular situations,
like the traditional, by-the-book, white professional cases. You know, those
who already have driver’s licenses. The need for IDs is wishy-washy at best,
which invalidates the basic thrust of the argument.
But, even if you accept that premise and stipulate that
IDs are needed for these various transactions, it is still misleading in that
it’s only part of the Republican track record on voting.
It’s racist because they, “with surgical
precision,” promote the use of IDs that minorities are least likely to have
and dismiss the ones that they do. Driver’s licenses and state IDs are in, WIC
cards, SNAP cards, library cards, and student IDs are out.
Then they make it harder and more hurtful to obtain the “proper”
IDs by closing DMVs in urban areas and raising the fees the citizen has to pay.
Republicans only want to show you this one card, “ID requirements are normal,” but keep
their other cards hidden. Just because you have an ace in your hand doesn’t
mean it beats a full house. You have to evaluate the entire hand and theirs stinks. It’s racist, autocratic, and
blatantly un-American. Because after their ace, all they have in their hand is
a deuce, a four, a Monopoly “Chance” card, and an Old Maid.
Actions like Georgia’s makes it clear that Congress must
pass HR1, to ensure that racist shenanigans like this doesn’t fly. At least
until the new Supreme Court can shoot it down.
So, Republicans can’t logically complain about progress
on COVID, they can’t complain about the economy not coming back, OK, they try
to “cancel” unfriendly entities as much as anyone, and they can put forth
conspiracy theories that posit that the Clintons were behind that cargo ship
getting stuck in the Suez Canal, but there’s always a batshit crazy theory to
kick around. All they have left to work with is immigration. Work up that fear
of ferners to keep the white men on edge about losing their influence!
When I initially saw this, I was like, “I thought Borders went out of business after
being clobbered by Barnes and Noble.” Yeah, they have to get their
capitalization under control.
And it always annoys me when they use the term “open
borders,” which implies the border looks like the start of the Boston Marathon,
rather than a TSA line.
This is another one that’s just wrong, in that a bunch of
states are already open, with more opening every week. I’m not saying that’s a
good thing, but it will sure keep hospitals in business.
But that aside, there are different criteria at play
With one, the Powers That Be have to weigh the inevitable
spike in infections that comes with opening back up for business versus the
economic and employment issues.
With the other, it’s a humanitarian crisis of what to do
with the thousands of people who are already bottlenecked there, waiting for
word on what’s going to happen to them. It’s not theoretical, it’s happening in
real-time and has real consequences.
Republicans just don’t like it any time an immigrant makes it across the southern border, hence
the heated rhetoric. They’re perfectly fine with stalling them in Mexico or
wherever, until they either go back home or die. As I’ve said before, their
position on immigration is being against it. How very un-Christian for a party
that claims to have the highest reverence for Christ.
In fact, it’s quite similar to their stance on voter IDs.
Require state IDs but then make them harder to
Require legal pathways to citizenship but then
choke off or eliminate those pathways.
At this point, they should just make moving goalposts an official
party plank. (IF they ever get around to drawing up another platform.)
This one is also wrong, right out of the box. Who says
they don’t take security measures at
the border? It strains the imagination that immigrants would be able to bring
bags or packages into the country without being checked. I mean, how many
shootings or explosions have there been in these camps? Zero. (Not including people
ICE have killed, of course.) If guns or bombs were coming through, don’t you
think there would be loud, booming evidence of that by now?
Whether they’re wanded
or not doesn’t much matter. They’re not boarding a metal cylinder traveling at
600 mph at 30,000 feet. Air travel should
have more security involved than walking across an imaginary line.
The attacks on immigration and minority voting are all just part of Conservatives’ plan to Make America White Again. They might as well put it on their hats. And this guy should be their mascot.