Posts Tagged: voting rights

May 17


It’s not going to be like Nixon–there’s no way to force Trump to resign. Not without Comey. This is not your old man’s Republican Party. They are going to keep Trump as long as they can, because he’s giving them everything they want. He’s given them Gorsuch. He’s given them an interior dept secretary who is trying to undo Obama’s national monument declarations, so they can take the wilderness and tribal land that the Obama admin protected, and give it to the oil and coal and mining and real estate developers. He’s letting Pruitt gut the EPA, so the GOP’s owners can pollute as they please. He’s getting rid of scientific advisors. He’s doing his damnedest to get rid of “Obamacare”. He’s got three people associated with Goldman Sachs at the top of his administration and he’s working with the GOP to try to get rid of what few regulations constrain Wall Street. He’s going to say yes to the whole right-wing corporate agenda. He’s sounding more and more religious right. He’s going all out to weaken the objective news media. So they’re NOT going to get rid of him.

No investigation is going to go forward in any way that will hurt Trump–not without someone at the top who’s not a puppet at the Justice Dept.

Hence the only hope is voting. But Trump is going to do what he can to suppress votes. He can be stopped if enough people fight for voter’s rights, and *if enough people vote* in 2018 congressional elections, and if enough people vote in the Presidential election of 2020.

Feb 15


We saw SELMA tonight. We both found the film very moving, and effective. I thought it was reasonable toward LBJ–maybe not entirely fair to him but this was about MLK, not LBJ. It dramatized some of the extremes, not all of them, of southern racism at the time; it dramatized the *struggle for voting rights*. Actual real voting rights. That’s what’s at the core of this and what could be more significant for a time when voting rights are being inched back, nudged back, finally to be rolled back–in Texas, in many places across the USA, Republicans aware that blacks and other minorities tend to support Democrats are putting up new roadblocks to voting.

In this movie we see people beaten to a pulp, even killed, over the right to vote. And yet glib armchair activists declare that it’s meaningless to vote, they “boycott” the vote, they’d rather stay home and share lulz with the other lulcatz, because they do not understand how powerful voting is. If voting is not powerful–why are the Republicans trying to stop it?