Happy Tuesday, good Americans! Today would be a good day to call your Reps and Senators and tell them to pass H.R. 1, the For the People Act, and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (no bill number at this writing). (If you're pressed for time, the Sierra Club also helps you tell your Reps and Senators to pass the For the People Act.) The For the People Act contains a lot of goodies -- campaign finance disclosure, same-day voter registration, automatic voter registration, 15 days of early voting, independent commissions to redraw districts, and an end to those nefarious "address verification forms" that only seem to lead to folks of color getting de-registered -- and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act would require any state or locality with a record of vote suppression over the last 25 years to get pre-clearance from our Justice Department before changing their laws. If your friends and neighbors complain, as Mitch McConnell did, that these are "Democrat power grabs," ask them why Republicans should lose if we do better at protecting the vote. If their answers mention "dead voters" or "suitcases in Georgia," remind them not to be so gullible.
Meanwhile, in the wake of the January 6 attempted coup, politicians have said they need new "domestic terror" legislation to help prevent such things from happening again -- but that's the way of the politicians, isn't it? They fuck up, so you have to give up more of your rights. Besides, there'd be a lot less domestic terrorism in America if folks could make ends meet and save some money and build a future and not get slammed by surprise medical bills, but no, the "free market" is "more important" than that. So Demand Progress helps you tell your Reps and Senators that "more domestic terrorism legislation" is not the answer. You may want to avoid saying things like "start using the tools you've got!", because, frankly, I think law enforcement has too many tools with which to "fight terrorism" already -- I would hate to see new legislation make the USA PATRIOT Act seem "not so bad after all." The best way to fight terrorism? Politicians should do their constituents' will rather than try to pull the wool over their eyes all the time. It's not so much to ask, really.
In other news, H.R. 276, the Congressional Oversight of Unjust Policing (or COUP) Act, would establish a Congressional commission and charge it with investigating exactly how Y'all-Qaeda were able to breach our Capitol on January 6. If you're sitting at home snorting that of course they didn't see it coming because the protestors were white! Duh!, rest assured that the COUP Act specifically mandates "an assessment on whether conscious and unconscious bias was a factor in the gross miscalculation of the risk posed by protestors to Members of Congress and staff on that date." If you're sitting at home squealing ANUTHUR BUREAUCRACIEZ!!!!, then ask yourself how you felt about all those Benghazi hearings Republican House Reps held back in the day, and if "that was different," be prepared to explain how. No, wait, I'll explain it: the Benghazi hearings were all about drumming up drama and enraging weak voters. Putting in writing our failures as a nation on January 6, on the other hand, might actually help us do better in advance of the next coup attempt. So People for the American Way helps you tell your Congressfolks to pass the COUP Act.
Finally, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell President Biden to replace our USPS's Board of Governors with folks who'll actually get our Post Office working the way it should, then MoveOn still helps you do that. "Getting our Post Office working the way it should" includes our USPS Board of Governors firing Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's sorry ass, since he's the one trying to implement all the "innovations" that slow down our mail and make us pay more for it. We deserve a Post Office that runs as well as our postal workers do; indeed, our Constitution actually enumerates this task to our federal government. I still worry that Joe Biden agrees with Mr. DeJoy that we should privatize our Post Office, because "all it does is deliver junk mail" and "people don't write letters anymore, they write emails" or some such. If so, Mr. Biden should be more conscious of the fact that the Post Office literally delivered his 2020 victory, and it did so because we fought Mr. DeJoy tooth and nail to get that done. I wouldn't say it's "uncivil" to remind him of that.
UPDATE. I inadvertently identified the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act with its bill number from last session, and have thus corrected that error in the first paragraph above.