Have you noticed that the far left in the U.S. is so engaged in picking and choosing (and coordinating) the “tool of the day” with which to attack the psyche of everyday Americans? Today, if it’s not “racism” it’s “homophobia” or “xenophobia” or “sexism” or any one of two dozen weapons with which to attack. And it’s not random! Someone’s pulling the strings of those necessary to keep the angst at a fever pitch among us all.
And it’s working!
Of course, matters of race always seem to be the easiest go-to tools for so-called progressives to use against average Americans. After all, nobody wants to be labeled a racist. If that ever happens to you, your life as you’ve known is over.
Oddly enough, though, the hard left through their media hacks and now even with Big Tech, Social Media Giants, and even large corporations have launched a new approach to “keep us down:” Racial Equity. What does that look like?
We live in the wackiest of times when woke corporate leaders should propagandize for promoting “racial equity.”
They tried it in Georgia, to no avail. The state passed a law to improve a haphazard, disorderly voting process shaped (or unshaped) by pandemic requirements. The heads of two Georgia-based corporations, Coca-Cola and Delta Airlines, scowled. Their finger-wagging lectures to non-woke state leaders were absurd but much publicized.
Major League Baseball wasn’t going to put up with being ignored on a matter unrelated to game length and such. In a door-slamming, cat-kicking snit, MLB announced it was moving the All-Star Game from Atlanta, capital of the offending state, to Denver. Take that, all you Trump fans! And any other states, like Texas, considering a swift return to the disenfranchisement of black people — watch it, you hear?
Watch what? That’s the real question. The Texas legislature’s proposed voting reforms are ‘racist’ solely in the eyes of those who spot racism in throat-clearings and dog toys. That’s to say, in everything.
The Texas Senate’s bill is called the Election Integrity Protection Act of 2021. Its purpose: “to prevent fraud in the electoral process.” The racism imputed to the bill’s supporters (Republicans — you know, probably voted for Trump over Biden) consists in provisions that would allow ‘watchmen’ at polling places, abolish voting in your car, and forbid the mailing-out of unrequested absentee ballots.
Gosh, what impositions! Personally asking for an absentee ballot! Getting out of your car to vote, or else acknowledging physical disability through utilizing the absentee process! Gov. Greg Abbott accuses progressive-tilting Harris County of mailing out, in the last election, unsolicited ballot applications to millions ineligible to vote by mail.
You can see, easily enough, the ideological advantages inherent in such a plan — or in any like plan that might be concocted, de-privileging the responsibilities of citizenship in the same way Southern Democratic bosses, a century and a half ago, resorted to bribing black voters. You don’t want people of color, do you, imagining they’re perpetually getting used by the system: valued less for their intelligence and character than for their sheer reliability.
Race, race, race: isn’t that what this voting reform thing is all about? Up to a point. Beneath the surface is the power-question that informs all political controversies. Somebody or others wants to run the show, to tell others what to do and how to do it.
Efforts to maintain power can generate unappealing arguments and action, but that’s not what goes on in Georgia and Texas, where the seizure of power from those who wield it is the dynamic in play. It’s led to preposterous contentions. Take Beto O’Rourke’s feverish declaration that the Texas Senate’s reform bill is “a voter suppression bill targeting working Texans, communities of color.” The liberal Houston Chronicle calls the legislation “the Texas Voter Harassment Act.”
As Joe Biden would say, c’mon, man. This is absolutely over the top — unconnected to reality. It’s “harassment” to make you request your own absentee ballot? Yes, and what makes ‘working Texans’ and ‘communities of color’ more unlikely than anyone else to study up and vote honestly? Rhetorical bilge is all that foes of the legislation have to throw at it.
Not that bilge isn’t in large supply these days, in corporate headquarters as well as newsrooms. Texas, improbably for a pro-free market state, has its own component of woke capitalists. American Airlines, which headquarters in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, has declared itself “strongly” against the Senate’s legislation.
“Voting is the hallmark of our democracy,” AA insists, “and is the foundation of our great country. We value the democratic process and believe every eligible American should be allowed to exercise their [sic] right to vote, no matter which political party or candidate they [sic] support… At American, we believe we should break down barriers to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our society — not create them.”
Well, duh. Who says otherwise? The Republicans promoting the bill? In what context? What provision of the bill would overthrow Americans’ sense of American ideals?
Therein lies the problem. Critics of voter reform legislation unfailingly fail to show how measures meant to entrench honesty at the polls undermine the democratic process — unless we need a little less honesty around here, recognizing as we should that crooks and cheats deserve representation too.
The Texas legislation is going to pass, given Republican control of the legislature; the governor is going to sign the bill; and then the legal fraternity is going to get busy, filing lawsuits, doubtless in the aggrieved language test-driven during the current debates. Given the present composition of the U.S. Supreme Court, you are entitled to hope the new law will largely survive — that a little more honesty will somehow show its face around American polling places. But the background racket in our present so-called debate over reform isn’t a sign of encouraging things to come.
This upcoming voter debacle in Texas is sadly just another tool to push us all apart. If it’s not voting in Georgia or Texas, it’s about illegal immigration, shootings, police brutality or COVID-19 lockdown chaos.
I wish I could say the week ahead will be “just another week.” I could say that, but it probably would not be a fair claim to make. Very little in the nation is so easily predictable anymore. But there ARE certainties that we see play out almost perpetually. Sadly, those are each associated with the weaponization of race against us.
I’m sorry to say that there is no end in sight of this vicious cycle of racial animus. Oh, I’m certain we COULD end the vitriol and hatred. But doing so is predicated on if our leaders are sold-out to achieving such. They’re not at that point now. And I’m not sure the majority ever want to get there. Why? Divisiveness is just another tool, another ploy, another way to keep things stirred up.
Reasonable people can reach reasonable solutions on every matter of disagreement, but only if their singlular purpose is to end the furors that perpetually divide us.
Far too many of those in leadership have sold their souls to their causes and have NO design on reconciliation with those with whom they differ. Want an example? Joe Biden, throughout his campaign for the White House, continually called for unity and the end to divisiveness. Millions listened to his words and heard in them some hope for the end of political strife, constant bickering and incessant attacks on the Constitution. We live in a nation torn by our differences rather than unified by our commonalities. America’s glass was certainly half-empty. And we wanted it half-full. Biden promised he’d do that.
He’s already achieved numerous of his promises, but without even a small attempt to unify the nation. And it appears that path for him as President will continue.
Coaches cannot run out on the field or track or gym floor and win competitions their teams enter. Players do that. All coaches can do is teach and demonstrate to the players of the game how to go about winning.
No coach can be successful by teaching the acceptance of lies and gross misrepresentations. Great coaches demand honesty, hard work, coordination and cooperation among players and coaches, and their unification around common objectives. None of that do I see in this government. Certainly, I see NO real attempt from the White House to accomplish this. From the Biden Administration, all we hear is it’s “Our way or the highway.”
Unless Joe Biden turns off the spicket of non-stop political thuggery and empty promises and angry attacks based on falsehoods, all is lost. Unless and until he truly embraces those commitments he made when taking his oath of office, his time as President will continue to be marred by the fruits of his efforts as POTUS: angst, lawlessness, hatred, division, and resulting lawlessness.
Do you think he wants that as his legacy?
On second thought: forget about that question. Why? He knows who will write the history of his presidency. Therefore he doesn’t need to worry about looking bad to generations to come. After all, it’s pretty easy to print what the boss tells you to print.