2 a.m. Nov 3, 2020. Not sure what woke me up. With my mind racing, it’s obvious I will not be getting back to sleep. I had dragged myself up the stairs to my bed a few hours ago, exhausted in body and spirit. I head back down those stairs and boot up my computer.
It’s 5 a.m Eastern time. I’m searching for reports of more shenanigans to disrupt the election. My trepidation comes from a history of being wrong on some crucial elections. I thought there was no way Nixon would win reelection. My favorite election slogan comes from that time…”Why change Dicks in the middle of a screw. Vote for Nixon in ’72”. Somehow he was able to pull it off.
In 2004, I was wrong again. “There’s no way in Hell that George W. could win”, I thought. It took a seriously flawed decision by the Supreme’s to get him into office in 2000 and W’s flaws had shown through in the period since. At the end of his Presidency, he had become well known as the worst President in history. George W. has since had a reprieve, knowing Resident 45 had surpassed him in that rank.
Republicans have known for a long time that the only way they can retain power is by subterfuge. When Obama was elected in 2008, Mitch McConnel made it his goal to make Obama a one term President. He did everything he could to not pass any legislation President Obama and Democrats put forth. He would not allow any legislation to come up for a vote in the Senate. This was not governing, it was obstruction of governing for the sole purpose of remaining in power.
Republicans also realized that control of state legislatures was crucial if they were to remain in power. They focused a lot of energy and dollars to take control of states so they would be able to control the redistricting of house seats. This attempt paid off well. Republicans were able to maintain power through gerrymandering. Even though they lost the popular vote, often by large margins, they were able to control more seats of power. Republicans, to this day, don’t care about what citizens want, they only want to remain in power and are willing to go to extremes to do so.
THE ONLY WAY REPUBLICANS CAN MAINTAIN POWER IS BY SUPPRESSING THE VOTING RIGHTS OF OTHERS.
Even though, after packing the courts with Conservative judges, many Republican attempts at suppressing votes has been thwarted. Like their attempt to throw out 127,000 votes in Harris County Texas because voters chose to drop off ballets in a drive up. There are so many lawsuits brought by Republicans in an attempt to not hear what their citizens want that some of those cases are being lost by voting rights advocates.
This keeps me awake.
So here I am, at 4 a.m. now, watching…