Several Republican states across the country are trying to streamline their election laws following the mess of the 2020 pandemic. President Joe Biden called it “the Jim Crow attack of the 21st century”, then said it was “the most important test of our democracy since the Civil War.” But please don’t call him unfit for office, as the 25th Amendment can be used to remove him and Vice President Kamala Harris can take his place.
After her potential failure to visit the Oval Office, she may be singled out as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the most critical test of our independence as a people since the Revolutionary War. After all, she wants a resolutely democratic, welfare-addicted, debt-ridden, micro-managed, kind of federal government where she herself mismanaged the impeachment of the president twice.
So, let’s stop at Biden. That doesn’t mean we have to take him seriously in what he says, even if we have to take him very seriously for what he wants to do, like treating Republicans, mostly Blacks in common-sense state voting law. Americans from the polls except. Right now, we have 50 or so members of the Texas House hanging on in Washington, D.C. to block a vote in their home state on a Republican bill that would do such horrible things as tell businesses, without law Under this, employees should be given time off to vote.
The bill also states that there will still be two weeks of early voting and, in counties with populations of more than 55,000, 12 hours each day for the occasion. What’s even better is that there was even a round-the-clock county that let you vote overnight, and the bill doesn’t say that anymore. Texans are probably crying, thinking about how fun it must be to go to the polls at 4 a.m.
The bill does away with drive-thru voting used as a quick pandemic emergency measure, and is considered something of a high-crime and misdemeanor because black American voters liked it. While the business of parking and waiting in line may not be a lot of fun for any race, it does not equate to the literacy tests used in the Jim Crow South to prevent black Americans from voting.
Today’s Democratic senators in Washington are chirping not only about Texas, but about reforms in Georgia and Florida and any other state. a solution? Keep as many unseen, unprotected mail-in ballot drop boxes as possible, even as the pandemic shrinks and mailboxes are piling up.
To be fair, senators may be unaware of the mailbox. In their own bizarre, constitutionally reckless bill they want something like less supervision, less turnout watchers, total federal control of every inch of federal elections, and less worry about registration checks, even as PEW researches. has found that 2 million of them are for dead, on the one hand, and on the other, 2.8 million people are registered in more than one state.
A main Democratic concern is voter ID legislation that increases voting by both white and black Americans and supports honesty. A major Democratic enthusiasm is the widespread use of mail-in ballots that can fail that final test.
In other words, Biden is ready for action and perhaps even wants to sack 50 Republican U.S. senators and replace them with 50 members of the Democratic House from Texas, a theory, I must admit, that goes against his Civil War views. equally commendable.
Jay Ambrose is a syndicated columnist.