The clock is ticking

Those who think that the threat to the democratic ‘experiment’ in the USA was resolved by the ousting of the former guy had better think again. The wheels are clearly in motion to steal the next elections, too. (The first video clip in this post needs to go viral; visit it, like and comment to increase its profile in the YouTube algorithm!)

The Mind of Brosephus

I’m guessing that you’ve seen this video by now. If not, take a few minutes to listen or you can read the article about it that was posted on Mother Jones. Here’s a snippet to digest.

The leaked video reveals the extent to which Heritage is leading a massive campaign to draft and pass model legislation restricting voting access, which has been swiftly adopted this year in the battleground states of Georgia, Florida, Arizona, and Iowa. It’s no coincidence that so many GOP-controlled states are rushing to pass similar pieces of legislation in such a short period of time. 

Republican legislators claim they’re tightening up election procedures to address (unfounded) concerns about fraud in the 2020 election. But what’s really behind this effort is a group of conservative Washington insiders who have been pushing these same kinds of voting restrictions for decades, with the explicit aim of helping Republicans…

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27 Responses to The clock is ticking

  1. revruss1220 says:

    This is truly frightening. I am grateful that someone like Mother Jones is helping “pull back the curtain” on the anti-democratic shenanigans the GOP is undertaking, but I am at a loss to know what I can do to help derail them.

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    • pendantry says:

      As I say above, one thing you can do is visit the clip on YouTube, ‘like’ it, and perhaps leave a comment there. This — so the scuttlebutt is, though nobody knows for sure — should help to raise the profile of the video, presenting it to more people, who could do the same… and send it viral. The best we can hope for is to educate as many as possible that this underhanded manipulation is going on!

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    • leavergirl says:

      Right. Voter IDs are such a racist anti-democratic concept! Everyone knows black people are unable to get IDs to cope with life…

      Sigh.

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      • pendantry says:

        I fear you need new specs. Your comment has little bearing on the content of this post, but I’ll bite nevertheless…

        In what reality is it only people of colour who suffer from poverty? You’re OK with a two-tier system of enfranchisement, based upon wealth? (Make that three tiers — at least — since the more munny you have in the current system, the more say you have. Perhaps Mr. Ohh! was right to suggest that we should use the dictionary.)

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        • leavergirl says:

          I thought we were talking about US voting reform. As far as I know, no poor people have a hard time getting IDs in America. The only people who have a hard time navigating the bureaucracy here are newcomers (as anywhere else). But even they manage to get a driver’s licence without much ado.

          But the Dems have for decades blocked voter IDs for precisely the argument that black people find getting IDs more difficult than the rest of Americans and therefore voter IDs are racist. Now it’s being outed as the condescending garbage that it is.

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          • pendantry says:

            I think the topic is ‘voter suppression’ based around the ongoing lie of ‘widespread electoral fraud’. Requiring IDs is just one prong of that assault on democratic freedoms. I can’t comment on how difficult it is to get a driving licence in the USA… are they free over there? I know they’re not free in the UK; and you have to certify that you are capable to drive in order to get one — whatever your age, which is one of the issues, here.

            The UK government is also pushing for IDs for voters. If you don’t have a driving licence, another alternative is to get a passport (whether or not you intend to travel abroad: and I, for one, do not, though that’s another story). The minimum fee for an adult UK passport is £75.50 (~US$107); and for some, especially elderly folk (who probably have no need to travel abroad — or indeed probably cannot due to poor health), that is a lot of money to pay, just to be able to vote. Some people need that money to eat. Or pay to heat their house.

            Who’s condescending now?

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          • leavergirl says:

            Who is condescending now? The people who think that black people are incapable of getting a voter ID.

            Nothing to do with 2020. This has been discussed in America since I came here, quite a while ago.

            I was using a driver’s licence merely as an example. Voter registration is free.

            How is requiring voter IDs an assault on democratic freedoms?

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          • leavergirl says:

            It occurred to me later that what you mean by voter ID may be different than what I mean. I mean free voting IDs provided by election offices at registration. Many states issue them, but they have no pics. All they need to do is plasticize them and add a pic.And all voting registration requires is a birth or naturalization certificate. That way, there is no financial penalty for some voters, which, as you point out, would not make a good voter ID system.

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  2. Per usual, there’s a little more nuance to this conversation than either side is apt to concede. In my home state of Wisconsin Mark Zuckerberg was able to buy access to absentee ballots in most of the major cities. I’m not making this up.

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    • pendantry says:

      Interesting… if true. But there’s so much disinformation, misinformation and outright lies flying around the Internet that I have to ask: where’s your proof of this?

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        • pendantry says:

          Interesting article. But it contains no proof, only allegations of ‘illegalities’ and assertions of ‘rogue’ activities; and it has a clear anti-‘left’ stance. If there were actual illegalities, weren’t these contested in court? (I know that there were ~60 cases related to the election… and not one of those was successful in proving any significant electoral fraud.)

          One thing this article does underscore for me, though, is the systemic problem of allowing the wealthy too much influence in election activities. The word ‘democracy’ ought to mean what it says on the tin, but the ‘democratic’ systems we have (in the UK and the US at least) are actually plutocracies, and that needs to be fixed.

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          • There very well may have been nothing strictly illegal about this situation, and that in itself is problematic. Giving wealthy people unique access to ballots cuts against the grain of equality and democracy, but it can most certainly be legal, especially if you have money to write the laws.

            There’s a problem with equating legality and fairness. More often than not they just don’t mesh up. The past election may have been legal, but was it fair? I don’t know. The fact is that both political parties in the US do their best to tilt the scales in their direction. The Democratic party has ballot harvesting machines in almost every major city that go back over a century, look up Boss Tweed or Mayor Daley. To the best of my knowledge no major city holds municipal elections on the same day as Presidential elections. Why? Simple. It’s easier to control the outcome if you have lower turnout. So when the Democratic party starts complaining about voter suppression, well, spare me. That’s not to say the Republicans aren’t doing it, but it’s a game that the Democratic party invented and still utilizes to great effect.

            Yes, it does seem like a right leaning publication, but nothing is neutral, Mother Jones included. It can be difficult to read between the very thing, but everything else I’ve seen regarding this story cites this as the source and simply repackages it. I would love to see more reporting on this issue from more ideologically varied publications.

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          • pendantry says:

            I’ve only been following the political situation in the USA in any depth since the 45th president arrived on the scene. It shocked me to the core that someone so clearly unsuited to the role could become POTUS. To me, this proved what I’ve believed for decades: our political systems (UK and US) are simply not fit for purpose, and need to be changed. Unfortunately, it is changing: but it’s doing so in completely the wrong direction. Our ‘democracies’ are a sham. So in that respect, at least, I think you and I are in agreement.

            But that you point the finger at the Democrats as the chief culprits shocks me just as much; from what I see, it’s the Republicans that are more in thrall to vested interests (although I don’t deny that the Democrats are as well, although to a lesser extent).

            And, unfortunately, that plays right into the hands of the 1%; divide and conquer. While the electorate squabble amongst themselves, the elites can continue to chip away in the background at the very foundations of fairness with blatant attacks on it such as Citizens United vs FEC.

            If you’re interested in more reporting, I would recommend reading TruthOut — but I suspect that you’d probably dismiss that on the grounds that it leans too far to the left.

            But I don’t think ‘more reporting’ is the answer, anyway: cognitive bias causes us all to naturally gravitate towards answers that fortify our own perceptions, and the Internet has made that problem far worse. To my mind, what’s far more important is learning the skill of critical thinking.

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          • I’m not sure that I intended to suggest that Democrats are the chief culprit. I said that they pioneered voter suppression, and still use it. That’s not a value judgement as to who is abusing the system more.

            Republicans more in thrall to big business? I’m not sure that the numbers back that up.

            https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/27/politics/dark-money-democrats-joe-biden/index.html

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          • pendantry says:

            From your link:

            The trend toward Democrats is a stark reversal from previous presidential election cycles in which dark money overwhelmingly boosted Republicans.

            So, “the numbers don’t back that up”? Sorry, I think you’re a tad blinkered there.

            The main take-away for me is:

            “This is a rotten system, but as long as it exists, both parties are going to use it,” said Fred Wertheimer, who runs the watchdog group Democracy 21 […]

            … which is what I’ve been saying is the main problem. The system is broken and needs to be fixed (but one guy who did absolutely nothing to fix it, and broke it even more, was T****).

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          • Agreed! The system is broken and does need to be fixed.

            If you look at the actual numbers from previous elections, Republicans never had anything close to the 6 to 1 dark money advantage held by Biden.

            https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/graphics/2016-presidential-campaign-fundraising/

            https://www.politico.com/story/2012/12/barack-obama-mitt-romney-both-topped-1-billion-in-2012-084737

            Once again, my point is not that the Republican party is a morally upstanding institution, but that the the Democratic party isn’t that great either.

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          • pendantry says:

            I think we’re largely on the same page.

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          • Me too, even if we’re reading different paragraphs!

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  3. masercot says:

    January sixth was just the initial putsch…

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    • pendantry says:

      That’s what worries me. I had thought that the storm was over; but it would appear that it’s just beginning.

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    • leavergirl says:

      A putsch. Sure. A bunch of middle aged people mostly from flyover country came to protest election irregularities. Many of them are being held in prison for months now for the crime of… wait for it… tresspassing.

      Meanwhile, the power holders put a wall around the Capitol and put the whole town under armed occupation. Y’all make no sense sometimes…

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      • pendantry says:

        In your reality:

        A bunch of middle aged people mostly from flyover country came to protest election irregularities. Many of them are being held in prison for months now for the crime of… wait for it… tresspassing [sic].

        In my reality:

        A horde of citizens, brainwashed by months of lies about ‘election fraud’ spouted by an egotistical, narcissistic wannabe dictator and egged on by him on the day, invaded and vandalised a building that symbolises democracy in the delusional belief that this could overturn a legitimate election result. If they are indeed only being held on charges of trespassing, that’s completely wrong: they should all be sent back to school to be taught the art of critical thinking.

        I fear these realities are mutually incompatible.

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        • leavergirl says:

          Can you explain to me why the minor vandalism like stealing a speaker stand or a laptop is cause for fears of a putsch, while ongoing arson, looting, destruction of stores, and physical violence in Dem controlled cities which is “managed” by looking the other way, or by booking people and releasing them back on the street in blatant corruption of the justice system is not?

          Wibbler, you are blinded by your own brainwashing. Trump was no prize, but what we now have is worse.

          And no, they should not be sent back to school. You contempt is showing. Leave you effing maoist “solutions” behind, won’tcha?

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