Opinion: Your Vote Really Counts

The Virginia and New Jersey gubernatorial races are going to be decided on Tuesday, November 2. Although Republicans Glenn Youngkin and Jack Ciattarrelli are playing hide the Trump, Democrats Terry McAuliffe and Phil Murphy lead in the polls; McAuliffe narrowly and Murphy, reportedly, with a lead from six to twenty-nine points. Both Youngkin and Ciattarrelli are trying to court suburbanites with their calm and reason while at the same time running as clandestine Trump disciples in their respective states’ GOP hinterlands. The vote does count. In Texas, women and people of color would not be living in fear of losing autonomy over their bodies or voting if Democrats controlled their legislatures.

With all the current hand-wringing and teeth-gnashing over Democratic Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, nothing would be happening without the vote in Georgia putting Senators Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock in office. Of course, another four years of the previous administration and our republic would have gone from peril to immediate crisis, with Mitch McConnell presiding over the dissolution of America for the sake of judges and power. Mr. Trump showed he was willing to extort a foreign president, threaten state election officials, and ultimately try to orchestrate the government’s violent overthrow. In the first few days following the insurrection, I would wake in a pool of my own sweat.  I still wonder what would have happened if not for a quick-thinking Senate aide who remembered to remove the boxes that contained each state’s official electoral ballots, which might help explain the brutal and indiscriminate violence the rioters used to enter the Senate Chambers.

If your vote does not count, why are Republicans keeping it from you?

Despite the ultimate disappointments for the party’s progressive wing, the vote now appears imminent to approve a deal for Biden’s economic proposal. Both the Democratic House and Senate reached an uneasy agreement. The alternative to Build Back Better with the GOP in charge is nothing.

The GOP would have you believe that Democratic enthusiasm is waning despite eighty-one-million votes for Biden in the 2020 presidential election. If the stories of weakening enthusiasm were true, why are Republicans working so hard to stop Democrats from voting? By April of 2021, 47 state legislatures introduced 361 bills to restrict voting, up from 253 in February, according to tallies by the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University. The phony reasoning for conservatives’ concentrated interest in voting laws is that they disingenuously label their manipulation of law as ‘election security. Oddly, protection seems only needed in black and brown neighborhoods. One would have to believe, the so-called rigging of the election was so sophisticated that only Donald Trump’s election was in question, not the Republican winners.

Hogwash, poppycock, and balderdash are only a few adjectives for what Republicans have promulgated, but the Big Lie fits perfectly. That two-word descriptor pretty much sums up the levels Republicans have sunk. They were led by a liar for four years and have decided to add to the legacy. Denying the truth, turning on the police who protect them, and championing violent groups of white supremacists, anti-vaxxers, and insurrectionists; I suppose when Trump labeled them as “very fine people,” that was the signal to come out from under the hoods.

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