Today Brian Kemp and Georgia Republicans Assaulted Democracy. Punch Back Hard.

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11 thoughts on “Today Brian Kemp and Georgia Republicans Assaulted Democracy. Punch Back Hard.

  1. The republicans are working so hard to reinstate the worst of jim crow and more that they aren’t even trying to hide it. They are now proud of being the party of the KKK, neo-nazis, white supremacists, and blatant dishonesty.

    It is noteworthy that the instances of verified voter fraud that has turned up recently has had republican folks behind them. It’s as the saying goes: every accusation of fraud by them is really an admission.

    1. As usual, you are spot on but, unfortunately, the Republicans and Republican voters are living in a different 1984-ish universe. Also unfortunately, Republican voters are more likely to turn out as true believers for mid-term elections while Democratic voters all too often get sidetracked by other concerns or fall prey to intraparty bickering.

  2. It’s hard to imagine that this latest episode, in which Georgia governor Brian Kemp signed the restrictive bill into law in private, surrounded by six other white men, and ordered the arrest of a black female member of the state legislator who had the temerity to knock on his door, would not cause a huge backlash.

    But the history of the southern US, with its strange fruit, beggars our imaginations. You are correct, Greg: citizen mobilization is needed. And I suggest, as background reading, One Person, No Vote by Carol Anderson and the first chapter of Democracy in Chains by Nancy MacLean.

  3. Morning Joe presented some recent polling of Georgia voters. One finding: only 12 percent of Georgia Republican voters accept that Joe Biden won the 2020 election fairly.

  4. Since this is, essentially, about the evil republicans do, it’s appropriate to note that one of the worst people to work with nixon, noted racist, thief, bigot, liar, nazi-envier, g gordon liddy, finally did the world a favor and died today. May he burn in hell (if there is one) forever.

  5. What underpins this massive assault on democracy by an increasingly fascist and unhinged party is the fact that they know that they will never again win a free and fair election. Too many Americans loathe them and know exactly what they represent. Moreover, they are all-too-aware that they are losing because minority voters overwhelmingly vote for the Democrats. So instead of becoming a more egalitarian party, they are embracing populist fascism even more and are disenfranchising millions of voters. Effectively they are purging the opposition. Anything to get into power. It is a terrifying spectacle to behold and the GOP are not even camouflaging this brazen power grab. Clearly, the right wing in the United States abhor democracy.

    1. People are often very practical: whatever gets in their way to power and wealth is wrong and must be fought by any means necessary. The U. S. political party that courts religious right anti-evolution voters so assiduously is just acting in the most crudely cartoonish Darwinian way.

  6. Brian Kemp, interviewed on WABE radio:

    “A lot of this bill is dealing with the mechanics of the election,” he insisted. “It has nothing to do with potential fraud or not.”

    Yup — as rickA and conservatives want, the mechanics of making it more difficult for minorities, women, and the poor to vote.

  7. Pretty powerful testimony by the police chief today. Still not optimistic about a conviction, even though one is greatly deserved.

  8. A little reading this past weekend turned up this Hunter S. Thompson quote:

    I believe the Republicans have never thought that democracy was anything but a tribal myth.

    Seems as true now as it as ever been.

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