Now that Democrats have won the Presidential election and both Senate runoff elections in Georgia, Georgia Republican Governor Brian Kemp wants to add a photo ID requirement for absentee ballots, knowing full well that folks without said photo ID (or the money to get photo ID) will more likely be the seniors and folks of color who vote against his party. Signature matching for absentee ballots (and for regular ballots) works fine everywhere in America, but still, some unnamed whiny diaper-loaded right-wing brats have "concerns," and if we know anything about conservatism, it's all about giving juice boxes to folks with bruised egos after rejections they obviously deserved. Anyway, the logic of Mr. Kemp's position is nonexistent -- on one hand, the Georgia election ran great, but on the other hand, we need photo IDs for absentee ballots because fraud. (Mr. Kemp also says he's "reserving judgement" on a bunch of other proposed voting restrictions, which means he absolutely favors them but doesn't have the guts to say so because he knows it'll make him even more unpopular.)
So y'all know what that means! Gov. Kemp's phone number is 404.656.1776 (1776? Really? Look at me, I'm so much more patriotic than you!), while Senate Majority Leader Mike Dugan's number is 404.463.2478 and House Speaker David Ralston's number is 404.656.5020. In your call, you might say the following: "I oppose getting rid of signature matching for absentee ballots, which until today, apparently, everyone in Georgia said worked well in this past election. I also oppose proposals that would restrict at-will absentee balloting and eliminate ballot drop boxes. You should be aware that adopting these proposals, in the name of so-called 'reform,' would make you look exactly like the kind of sore losers right-wingers always say their opponents are, and I would think you'd want to avoid that look." Seriously, we have no need to be civil with these folks, since they only love democracy when it gives them the results they want.
I'm going to continue to minimize the commentary for a while, but I haven't been this angry about politics since Mr. Bush's first term; every day brings some fresh new humiliation from the people who only want to injure the country we love, and injure us. And it won't be over when Mr. Biden finally becomes President; his own nose for the "middle ground" between moderates and right-wing extremists is well-known, but I think we're going to face a lot more right-wing domestic terror attacks in the coming years, and politicians aren't known for their courage to begin with, so they'll legitimize the attacks (they'll say the "feelings" behind the attacks, but that's a meaningless distinction), a courtesy they only ever extend to white people. One thing is for sure: as far as legislation's concerned, Republicans get nothing. I don't care if they have 50 Senators; we treat them like they have zero, and we swamp their phone lines until they can't ignore us. I'm tired of stupid people getting all the say about everything -- much more tired than I was the last time I said it.