Sunday, December 18, 2016
We're Right, They're Wrong, We Will Fight Back
"Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap."
Legal challenges to the ugliness wrought by the Republicans in the NC General Assembly this past week are coming. Look for multiple petitions to begin to move in the courts after New Year's.
They know they cannot hold their absolute power without absolute bully tactics. They need secrecy and sudden moves so they can get what they want before the public wakes up. They need to monkey with voting rights -- always! -- because ballot access is where they are most vulnerable. They are dishonest by nature and now by long habit. They scream about the unfairness of what was done to them by Democrats decades ago while doing worse to Democrats. They have no moral compass other than power.
Let's be clear, since there's buffalo dust in the air: The Republican rewrite of boards of elections is all about crippling ballot access. It has nothing to do with "bipartisanship," though that's the dust the Republicans have kicked up. The equal numbers of Democrats and Republicans on all boards of elections are engineered to produce many deadlocks in voting, particularly the selection of Early Voting plans. If no agreement is reached, Early Voting will revert to boards of elections offices only. That's putting the squeeze on ballot access, and it's yet another attempt to tilt Early Voting away from Democrats.
They cannot win without these sorts of shenanigans. They are poltroons, and their multiple treacheries are crystal clear. They depend on the ignorance of the voting public -- or its complacency -- to get them through, and sometimes it does. As obvious as Republican malfeasance in North Carolina has been, it still takes the public a while to catch on.
We're coming for you, NCGOP. You will be exposed. You will lose.
One final thing: Senator Deanna Ballard ... Representative Jonathan Jordan ... can't wait for you two participants to show your faces in Boone!