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A Single Paragraph on Voter Suppression is – Full of It

This post is about just the first paragraph of the story I’ve linked to below. As you know my posts aren’t so much about the linked article as they are inspired by something I read therein. I provide the link so you can see the source of that inspiration for yourself and maybe see what I saw or perhaps see how I over think things. This particular story is one I will tell you I didn’t read. I got so much to talk about in just the first paragraph that I stopped right there and started writing this blog post.

That magic first paragraph reads, “Voter suppression almost certainly helped Donald Trump win the presidency. Multiple academic studies and court rulings indicate that racially biased election laws, like voter-ID legislation in places like Wisconsin, favored Republican candidates in 2016. Like most other elections in American history, this one wasn’t a fair fight.”

Let’s look at each sentence.

“Voter suppression almost certainly helped Donald Trump win the presidency.” This makes it sound as if armed thugs were in the streets preventing Democrats from voting and that this happened to such a massive degree that it swayed the election in favor of Donald Trump. Why, Russia wasn’t even required to do anything for Trump to win, these imaginary thugs did the trick. Of course we learn in the second sentence just who these “thugs” are.

“Multiple academic studies and court rulings indicate that racially biased election laws, like voter-ID legislation in places like Wisconsin, favored Republican candidates in 2016” Laws, like having to show an ID are the cause. This assumes that blacks and Hispanics can’t get an ID. We’ve discussed on here before how racist the notion that blacks and Hispanics can’t get ID’s is. This also assumes that all those who couldn’t get ID’s would have voted for Hillary. That’s quite an assumption.

Finally we read, “Like most other elections in American history, this one wasn’t a fair fight.” It’s saying we just don’t have fair elections in the US. Somehow the powers that be are able to keep people from voting for the “wrong” candidate and to keep those who are of color from voting at all because clearly they would vote for that imagined wrong candidate.

In short – Hillary should have won. Only she didn’t. And they are frantic to find a reason she lost other than the obvious. 1. She was a terrible candidate. 2. Trump won by running a better campaign.

A new survey from The Atlantic and the Public Religion Research Institute shows that black and Hispanic citizens are more likely than whites to face barriers at the polls—and to fear the future erosion of their basic political rights.

Source: Voter Suppression Is Warping Democracy

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