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Texas Voting Integrity Bill is so Jim Crow, it’s Silly

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From watching Texas Senate Democrats’ reaction to Texas’ SB 1 (Senate Bill 1), you’d think it’s Jim Crow on steroids. As an election integrity measure, it’s gotta be pure evil. Election integrity bills like SB 1 are so racist that they pose “the greatest threat to the nation since the Civil War,” says our president.

It must be so Jim Crow that Texas Senate Democrats had no choice but to break quorum and flee maskless on private jets. Any means are necessary to prevent a vote and passage of this legislative monstrosity. Upon arrival in D.C., these racial justice warrior rushed to microphones and began singing, “We Shall Overcome.”

Our vice-president calls them “courageous.” Media members echo her and vilify the Texas governor and his party and their voting integrity bill.

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What exactly will SB 1 do (other than re-institute Jim Crow and threaten every racial equality gain since the Civil War)? Let’s see.

SB 1 will:
  • Ban paid ballot harvesting.
  • Require ID for mail-in ballots and allow voters without driver’s licenses to verify ID with the last four digits of their social security numbers.
  • Set uniform voting times for early voting while expanding weekend hours.
  • Help increase accountability by allowing watchers to observe election workers.
  • Strengthen the ban on unmonitored mail-in drop boxes and prohibit unsolicited distribution of mail-in ballot applications by public officials. 
  • Set uniform procedures for verifying the authenticity of mail-in ballots while allowing voters to correct mistakes.
  • Require those assisting voters to verify their identity and take an oath that they will not try to influence voters.
  • End the temporary, emergency measures that were put in place solely because of the pandemic, such as drive-thru voting and 24-hour early voting.
Radically racist

Clearly, SB 1 is one radically racist election integrity bill. Even though it will apply equally to all Texas voters, regardless of color or creed, it’s deeply racist. Requiring IDs and last fours is an assault on voters of color, particularly African Americans. It’s Jim Crow, man.

What does this silly battle say about Texas Senate Democrats’ assessment of their black constituents? Do they think a significant portion don’t have driver’s licenses? Do they imagine that, left to their own devices, they can’t procure a ballot or fill it out correctly or make it to a polling place? Who are the racists here?

Two possibilities, both bad

To thoughtful, fair-minded American voters, there are only two possibilities for why Texas Democrats—and Democrats nationwide—push the voter-integrity-laws-are-Jim-Crow-racist myth.

Either:

1. They hope that by hammering home this profoundly absurd notion through sheer repetition and sing-along theatrics they can fool voters, which makes them seem deeply dishonest.

Or,

2. They actually believe the nonsensical myth (one that most voters don’t believe) that voter integrity bills like SB 1 are profoundly racist, which makes them seem deeply delusional.

Democrat lawmakers in Texas aren’t stupid. Nor are they crazy. In fact, they seem strategic and unified. They want to secure power, and the most effective way to do so is by winning elections. Freely and fairly?

For a party that seems guided by a movable moral compass, this is a fair question.

Meanwhile, Texas Governor Greg Abbott threatens to arrest the runaway Democrats the moment they return to Texas and escort them back to the Senate building. If they refuse to do their jobs or run away again, he says he’ll just keep calling special elections—even if he has to do so all the way to the 2022 midterms.

Believers or schemers

Apparently, it’s unconstitutional and against Texas state law for lawmakers to run away from legislative fights. If their cries of racism are motivated by political strategy, their tactics are unethical and may be criminal. If this is the case, feigning a fight against “Jim Crow” voter suppression by pushing a threadbare false equivalency is Machiavellian propaganda.

On the other hand, if Texas Senate Democrats genuinely believe they’re doing something courageous and needful, they’re flirting with delusion. In any case, comparing Texas SB 1 to Jim Crow-era laws is about as silly as comparing the January 6 riot to Pearl Harbor and 9/11.

Both comparisons are cynical and/or delusional. They’re also slaps in the faces of WWII veterans, firefighters, police officers, early responders, and genuine victims.

Texas Democrats: Do better.

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Patrick is a journalist and writer with degrees in English and journalism. He served six years in the Navy where his life was changed forever by the Lord Jesus Christ. He lives in the Sierra Nevada of Northern California with his wife, dog and two cats. He enjoys hiking and cycling, taking pictures and blogging at https://luscri.com/



 
 
 

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Two out of three ain’t bad

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Here are three movies, each having received at least one Oscar nomination:

All Quiet on the Western Front — here is a remake of the 1930s classic, and I was prepared to have this be the same old trench warfare, with all the accompanying platitudes. Instead, I was surprised. This was well done, with decent acting, and a few hand-to-hand combat sequences unlike anything I have previously seen, some truly touching. It is a German production, but all in English. Although it’s on the long side, I think it is worthwhile.

Everything Everywhere All at Once — starring Michelle Yeoh, and receiving 11 Oscar nominations is alternatively amusing, excessively noisy, clever, confusing, and lacking boundaries. It is without a raison d’être, as with other movies during this awards season, notably The Banshees of Isherin and Tár. Everything Everywhere is getting rave reviews, but I say “skip it.” As one reviewer put it, the plot seems to suggest “that what makes life meaningful is the recognition that because there is no inherent meaning, all things and moments are equally meaningful.” Oh, sure thing….

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Aftersun — a subtle but touching recollection of a 30-year old woman, when she was on a long vacation with her divorced father, 20 years earlier, before the new school year starts. Not much happens, yet we are drawn to this twosome, and the screenplay and the director skillfully lead us to an articulated but implied conclusion. Newcomer Paul Mescal, as the father, received an Oscar nomination and (Miss) Frankie Corio, as the 10-year old daughter, is equally good. Aftersun is not for the masses, but I found it to be worthwhile.

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The Left Is Fueling a New Racism

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It’s my firm belief that the number of Americans holding racist views is small, whether white, black, or Hispanic. At this point in our history, the vast majority of Americans try to live up to the challenge delivered by Martin Luther King Jr. on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. We keep moving toward the hard-fought dream he envisioned of an America where a citizen’s character would mean more than the color of their skin.

We are a different country today. I’ve presented leadership programs to hundreds of companies over the last 40 years. I’ve seen the work they’ve done to embrace diversity and advance capable employees and leaders from all races. Many minority members have advanced and earned their rightful place in making this great American economy work. At a time we should be celebrating and furthering our progress, our American culture is under attack from the left. Angry race-baiters are doing everything they can to increase our racial divide through pushing the 1619 Project, CRT, and BLM. They make extreme racist claims with a clear goal—to expand the government gravy train that only racial “victims” can justify.

I lived in pre-civil rights Atlanta where there were separate schools, separate bathrooms, and the baseball team was the Atlanta Crackers! Today, it’s more likely that leftist blacks are the ones who want separate schools, separate rights, and special reparations for their race.

As one anonymous post asserted, “Only in America can an ethnic group of black awareness month, black holiday, black only colleges, black only dating sites, and black only bars and clubs…and turn around and call everyone else racists!” You don’t have to look far to find evidence of extreme black racist demands.

In California, the San Francisco African American Reparations Advisory Committee released a report calling on the city to pay every qualifying black California resident $5 million and absolve them of their outstanding personal debt. This is madness. California was a free state and did not condone slavery, but the committee is doing all it can to justify reparations: “While neither San Francisco, nor California, formally adopted the institution of chattel slavery, the tenets of segregation, white supremacy and systematic repression and exclusion of Black people were codified through legal and extralegal actions, social codes, and judicial enforcement.” To the left, this “failure” warrants millions of innocent California citizens being forced to pay higher taxes to fund exorbitant benefits to one race they haven’t abused in any way.

In Washington, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) is proposing a law that could codify black racism in America. There is a common mantra in her political speeches: White America is defined by institutional racism, systemic racism, white supremacy, and white nationalism. She attacks “white” America and seems to see the clan in the face of every white citizen. Such general attacks are evidence of a new racism—black racism.

Read for yourself Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee’s proposed law, the Leading Against White Supremacy Act of 2023. The legislation promises to criminalize criticism of any minority that is subsequently used to incite anybody else to commit a hate crime. The law reads: “A conspiracy to engage in white supremacy inspired hate crimes shall be determined to exist between two or more persons, at least one of whom published material advancing white supremacy, white supremacist ideology, antagonism based on ‘replacement theory,’ or hate speech that vilifies or is otherwise directed against any non-White person or group could, as determined by a reasonable person, motivate actions by a person predisposed to engaging in a white supremacy inspired crime.”

This is a chilling attack on freedom of speech against one race—caucasians. In short, if you criticize a minority and another person states that your statement was all the motivation needed to do a hate crime, you may be jailed because your criticism “motivated” a hate crime you did not commit. Get the message—be silent and conform or we will put you away.

Black racism is real and just as evil as white racism. Both must be soundly rejected by responsible citizens. As a Christian, I affirm my Savior’s claim that all God’s children matter! No responsible citizen should be shamed into silence by the irresponsible racist attacks of the left. Be proud of yourself and of America. Whether black, brown or white, success as a small business person or advancement as a good employee had to be earned by hard work, long hours, and diligent sacrifice. As with Americans for generations, it was not handed to you. You didn’t depend on government handouts to get ahead, you had to find a way to earn your own American Dream.

Reparations will never happen! Politicians can’t even afford to fund the entitlements they’ve already promised. Special black racist demands are unethical, divisive, and risk fueling a new racism backlash. Politicians from the left keep making the promises to fuel racist anger and secure special interest donations and votes.

Don’t fall for their racist rants and demands. Depending on government entitlements is never the answer. Instead, get busy following the models and learning from citizens of all races who have made America work for themselves and their families.

Let’s reclaim the American Dream Martin Luther King, Jr. affirmed. Do not judge a fellow citizen by the color of their skin. Celebrate the character of the vast majority of good American citizens you meet. Keep rejecting racism of any kind. It’s time to stand proud and applaud hard work and success wherever we find it, no matter what the race. May it always be so in this great republic we treasure…America!

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