Today was a busy a busy news day with lots happening around our struggle to save our democracy. Of all of the events two are of interest when it comes to passing the voting rights legislation currently in Congress:
- The SCOTUS decision on the challenge to Arizona’s voting laws that restrict access to voting.
- The demoralized atmosphere of Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s office obliquely relates to the voting rights acts pending before Congress. Honest, it does. Unfortuantely, all articles link to a Business Insider article which is behind some kind of pay wall, but this Daily Beast article gives you the pertinent parts.
Both of these news items made it seem worthwhile to post yet another article urging us to Call our Members of Congress to get these bills passed and onto President Biden’s desk. So, skip ahead to the calling parts of the post or just stop now and start making your calls or whatever if that’s what you feel the need to do. In any case, call your members of congress during Stacey Abrahms’ #HotCallSummer extravaganza or visit YOUR MEMBEr of Congress’ Office during their July recess (up til 12 July).
The Supreme Court Ruling
As Neal Katyal said on Nicolle Wallace’s Deadline: White House, because today’s decision guts the Section 2 article of the 1965 Voting Rights Act by stating that as long as a state can produce a “good enough” reason to change voting laws they no longer have to demonstrate that it doesn’t inadvertently affect the voting rights of a protected minority. It “is going to have to catalyze the voting rights bills that are right now pending on the floor in Congress.”
Katyal went on to point out that by incorporating the Big Lie into the majority decision — the Big Lie of voting fraud — it allows every state legislature to use the decision as an excuse to pass even more restrictive bills. It forms a kind of authoritarian ouruborus of lies about voting fraud and bogus evidence for it to be used in writing unnecessary and discriminatory voting legislation to correct voting fraud that gets upheld by the courts citing voting fraud that never existed in the first place.
Because this decision allows states to be as racist as they wanna be in their voter suppression legislation as long as they don’t screw up and say the quiet parts out loud, you know, that they wanna suprress the votes of communities of color, then they get to be as racist as they wanna be. It fits the racist motto of hurting Black folks first and worst so any harm to white folks is worth it.
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s Demoralized Office Staff
As it turns out, Sen. Kyrsten (D – Personal Brand) is as hands off with her office and staff as she is with her policy positions. She takes the policy positions that (a) get her the most money and perks from PACS and lobbyists and (b) gain her the most news coverage. She’s fixin to pull a Sarah Pallin and abandon her service to her people for unbriddled self-promotion and grift. You know, in keepig with the Zeitgeist of our times.
Apparently, she isn’t in the office much and doesn’t give much direction to her staff. So, the poor interns — remember how every Call Your MoC post admonishes you to be nice to whoever answers the phone because that person is a real live human being with real live feelings and everything? Turns out it is good advice since some of the people calling aren’t nice to the interns who field the calls. Unfortunately, the interns have to follow a script and can’t just react how they like. Even more unfortunate is that if they deviate from the script, they are punished and threatened with a bad reference for their next internship or job. So, these poor folks are working far too many hours over a forty-hour work week for poverty-level wages and get emotionally abused by their supervisors in the process all so we can have $5.00 t-shirts — no wait, that is the garment workers in Bangladeshi and Cambodian garment factories — so we can have posh politicians write the laws that serve the interests of their corporate masters like Sinema apparently does for Exxon.
The pertinent point here is that Sinema’s office is experiencing a “deluge of phone calls from furious constituents raging about Sinema’s controversial policy stances.” That’s good. Arizona residents keep it up. But, be nice, Gotterdammerung!
Honestly, call YOUR Members of Congress and in the immortal words of grandmother, Play NICE!
Call your members of Congress regardless of party affiliation, stance on the issue, or place on the ideological spectrum!
- If they are a member of the Democratic leadership team, tell them that we cannot (a) stand for the bills to be weakened by compromise with unfaithful Republican negotiators, (b) cannot wait for them to be passed since it will take time to undo the damage done by state legislation already passed ahead of the 2022 elections, and (c) the vote by members needs to be whipped to ensure party support.
- If they are a progressive, (a) thank them for supporting voting rights and (b) that we cannot tolerate compromise on this issue. They need to hang tough and be strong. They have your support.
- If they are a moderate, tell them that they need to ignore threats from the GQP that they will be called socialist or making this into a partisan political issue or whatever other smear campaign the GQP will come up with since they’re going to do it no matter what their vote is. We need to protect our democracy through legislation.
- If they are a conservative, tell them that it is clear that the Republicans — we mean Mitch McConnell — is not a faithful negotiator and will not allow any Democratic sponsored legislation to pass if he can help it. Any dreams of bipartisanship in the name of saving our democracy or the courts saving our democracy have ended. We can only ensure that the republic continues through federal legislation.
- If they are a Republican, tell them that (a) you are very aware of how they’re voting on these issues, (b) you expect them to defy the party line in trying to gut our democracy by suppressing the vote, and (c) you will be an active member of their electorate in the 2022 election.
Instead of copying pasting this infromation from previous posts:
- background information on the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act,
- tips and suggestions, and
- links for contact information
I’ll just link to them.
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