What Have We Come To?

From time to time over the years, I’ve thought about running for Congress. It was always a fantasy because there was no way I could have raised enough money to run a credible campaign.

More to the point, I don’t think I could have dealt calmly with the issues that are consuming many members of Congress today. For example, legislation is being drafted in several states for the purpose of making it more difficult for people to register and to vote.

It’s already tough at some polling places in several states, where people had to stand in line for six or seven hours before they could actually cast their ballots.

That issue—apparently it’s not considered a problem—is being addressed in the State of Georgia. The legislators there are making it illegal to provide food or water to people standing in line waiting to vote.

Other changes will make it more difficult to obtain an absentee ballot . . . or to find a drop box in which to deposit a completed ballot. And then there’s the proposal that would require a person to provide not one, but two official IDs in order to register to vote.

These changes in our voting laws are designed to make it more difficult for people to vote. But not all people . . . just people who are more likely to vote Democrat: poor people, brown people, black people.

And the justification? The claim—proven to be false over and over again, in several cases by Republican election officials—that more than three million illegal ballots were cast and the election was stolen from Donald Trump.

Ironic, isn’t it: the people who are claiming to be outraged that a fair election was rigged are busily doing whatever they can to rig the next election.