I am old enough to remember the revival in movie theaters of, Gone the Wind. It inspired my 10-year-old playmates to re-enact the glory of the lost cause of the South in the civil war and we chose up sides of either North or South. (I went North because I liked winners more than losers and Abraham Lincoln was my patriotic hero) Those who cheered the south had one favorite battle cry: "Save your Confederate money, boys, the South will rise again". That was in the latter 1940s. I lived in the most southern part of a non-southern state, eastern Oklahoma, and, in a very segregated city of Muskogee,.The Confederacy is still trying to rise again in 2021, though it seems it has never stopped trying.
Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Save your Confederate money, boys, the South is rising with cancel culture and voter suppression
Politically the GOP has morphed into a latter-day Confederacy party with their Jim Crow voter suppression attempts, the reason they say is widespread voter fraud. The left calls that alleged fraud is a lie. In 2021, watching the antics at CPAC and another, more radical group, what looks like what is happening is that the Confederacy is still trying to rise, with their focus holding together the white crowd in an obvious attempt to keep demographic changes from overcoming them. Platitudes like "protecting vote security" are what they may be saying, but their party actions and proposals are doing something else. Complaining the left is canceling their culture begs the question of "what is their culture?"Top of their oratorical list was the demonstrably false claim that Trump won but he was kept from getting sworn in because of widespread fraud. This is why the left calls this "The Big Lie".This persistent lie is still being touted by Trump and the GOP at CPAC. They keep on lying in spite of 60 judges tossing Trump lawsuit attorneys and their proofless claims out the door in November and December. Disputing Trump, Barr says no widespread election fraud (apnews.com) In December, Trump's attorney general Bill Barr had testified there was no widespread fraud. On March 2, FBI Director Wray, testifying before a House committee, also confirmed his support of Barr's findings.
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.To fix what "aint broke", the GOP has launched a campaign for state legislatures they control to tighten and make more difficult access to the ballot in a series of laws conveniently aimed at undermining African-American voting habits. GOP-dominated legislatures have proposed or enacted measures to suppress the minority vote in the very states where that demographic helped Biden win. Likewise, in Hispanic-populated states like Arizona, not only is their access to voting being suppressed by proposed election laws, their GOP legislature is trying to remove the popular vote by their citizens in presidential elections, letting the state legislature choose their presidential electors.
If the only way the GOP thinks it can win is to discourage people from voting, especially those they think will vote for their opponents, there is something wrong with their message. This kind of attitude from the GOP is an admission of their failure to attract enough voters to their cause. In Colorado since 2018 over 40 thousand registered as Republicans changed their affiliation to independent or Democrat. 4600 alone left the GOP after January 6.
Update 4/6/21:: In protest to Georgia's just passed voter suppression legislation, the MLB has moved the All-Star game to Denver. Colorado's voter laws are considered the Gold Standard for voter participation and security. Colorado Vs. Georgia Voting Laws: What Are The Differences? | Colorado Public Radio (cpr.org)