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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.

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 grew up in Texas and graduated from the University of North Texas with a master’s degree in journalism and advertising. His undergraduate degree is in English and photography. He served six years in the U.S. 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, writing and blogging at https://luscri.com/



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EXCLUSIVE: Arizona Senator Gives Audit Update

Update from AZ Senator JD Mesnard

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Former Speaker of the Arizona House and current Arizona State Senator JD Mesnard gives his update and analysis of the ongoing Arizona audit saga. Check out the video below:

About JD Mesnard:

J.D. Mesnard is a state senator in the Arizona Senate, serving Legislative District 17 (Chandler, Gilbert, and Sun Lakes). He was elected to the Senate on November 6, 2018, after serving eight years in the Arizona House of Representatives, including as Speaker of the House during his final term.

J.D. is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelors degree in Music Composition. He also holds two masters degrees, one in Business and the other in Public Administration—exemplifying his interest in both the public and private sectors. Prior to running for office, J.D. spent eight years working at the Arizona Senate where he served as a policy advisor on issues ranging from education, transportation and retirement, to family services and government administration. He is a small business owner, investor and consultant, and has always sought to be an active participant at all levels of the community. He works with charities, churches and non-profits, and is adjunct faculty at Mesa Community College and Arizona State University, where he teaches political science courses. He has been teaching for 14 years.

J.D.’s compassion for those less fortunate—who struggle in places outside of the greatest country on earth—led him to help establish Voices of the World, a non-profit Christian charity whose mission includes providing humanitarian aid to the poor and destitute of the world.

Born at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, FL (his father is a retired fighter pilot), J.D. has lived in Arizona for nearly 30 years. He resides in Chandler with his wife, Holly, who is a registered nurse, and their daughter, Calielle.

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Your To-Do List: Unforeseen Events Will Arise

No matter how well we organize our lists and how productive we are in handling tasks, unexpected obligations and interruptions arise that could throw us off our plan.

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Each day you compose your to-do list and begin proceeding merrily down it, do you take into account what is likely to occur in the course of a day? No matter how well we organize our lists and how productive we are in handling the tasks, invariably, unexpected obligations, interruptions, and other developments arise that are going to throw us off our plan.

How do you react when you are humming along and, suddenly, you get an assignment from out of left field? Perhaps your boss has asked you to jump on something immediately. Maybe a client calls. Maybe something gets returned to you that you felt was complete.

If you are like most professionals, you immediately will become flustered. The intrusion on your time and your progress means that you are not going to accomplish all that you set out to before the end of the day. Is there a way to proceed and still feel good about all that you accomplish?

A Supplemental To-do List

I believe there is, and it involves making a miniature, supplemental to-do list that accurately and completely encapsulates the new task you now need to handle.

Why create this supplemental to-do list? It gives you focus and direction, reduces anxiety, and increases the probability that you will remain buoyant at the time of its completion and be able to turn back to what you were doing before the task was assigned.

If you don’t compose such a list, and simply plow headlong into the unexpected challenge that has come your way, you might not proceed effectively, and you might never get back to the to-do list on which you were working.

Unforeseen tasks that arise represent more than intrusions on our time; they represent intrusions on our mental and emotional state of being. Some people are naturally good at handling unexpected situations and often work as public servants, such as police officers and firefighters, or in health care, as nurses and orderlies.

Most of us, however, are not wired like this. Interruptions and intrusions take us off the path that we wanted to follow, and tend to be at least momentarily upsetting. Hereafter, when executing the items on your to-do list, proceed with the mindset that there will be an interruption of some sort. You don’t know when it is coming or how large it will be, but it will pull you off course.

Equanimity Reigns

The key question for you is: Can you develop the capacity to maintain balance and equanimity in the face of such disruptions? The good news is that you can, and it all starts with acknowledging that the situation is likely to happen, devising a supplemental checklist to handle the new task, and as deftly as possible, returning to what you were doing.

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