I saw a post earlier today that's been on my mind. I wish I remembered where I saw it so I could quote it properly and credit that individual properly, because it was critical and on point. But to paraphrase, it said that the long lines that we see for voting is not a victory.
While it's a testament to our commitment and determination to vote despite the obstacle, it is a clear indicator that the obstacles are there. It's a reminder that voter suppression is alive and strong. We can't just settle for the big numbers. We much fight for change.
There is nothing in the world I want more that for everyone in America eligible to vote to actually vote. But as @cornellbelcher just reminded, power concedes nothing.
So over the next 10 years, as the GOP slips from dominance numbers-wise, the fight for control in this nation will grow fiercer, more intense, and internecine. Therefore, as he said, the choice will be whether democracy or power wins.
It's up to us to make sure that the only power that wins is democracy. And, in order for that to happen we have to vote in each and every election from now on just like we're voting now.
We can't get complacent. We can't get lazy. We can't just forget about ever other election in between presidential elections because the big one is the only one we care about. Those elections are every bit as important, and in some cases more.
That's because when we vote for congressional racers, or state legislative and gubernatorial races, we are voting for the people who put in place the restrictions and obstacles to voting, or we are installing individuals who will ensure fairness and equality to the process.
And, we must reinstitute the Voting Rights Act in full to protect the vote for everyone.

That is not an option.
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18 Oct
You every wonder why voter suppression is the holy grail of the GOP? Listen to Paul Weyrich explain it in 30 seconds in his own words - 40 years ago.
But wait there's more.

Weyrich is the co-founder of the Heritage Foundation, Moral Majority, Free Congress Foundation (now American Opportunity), and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC.)

Christianity is the vehicle used to promote and justify ideology and policy.
To be clear, the scope goes far beyond voter suppression. But without voting right, American citizens don't begin to have a chance to preserve and defend democracy, lives or livelihoods.

So let's be clear voting is not the first right, but it is the most important - bar none.
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14 Oct
There's no need for these to exist. So, America needs to end them.

While the agents behind them claim constitutionality and constitutional rights, their reality tend to be anti-constitutional, anti-republicanism, and antidemocratic in letter, spirit and purpose.
All of them exist in some for as organizations and corporations under the guise that corporate entities having the same 14th amendment rights and protections as people. Yet they all are tax sheltered from the government - which is a right that individuals do not have.
So perhaps ending the concept of corporations being people and ending the tax protections that corporations and organizations receive should be item 0. on the list, and part of the predicate and basis for their elimination.
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12 Oct
For my fellow brethren and sisters:

This has happened a few times, so I need to address it.

This the most important election of or lifetimes. Black people in general know that, especially black women. But, black men know it, too.
It is a fact that we - black people - have been the single most loyal, reliable, and steady coalition of the democratic party bar none, and we have been for decades. I and we KNOW what it means to focus as individuals and as a group when it comes to political action.
I know of what I speak. Our very survival as black people has depended on it, and still does.
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12 Oct

I want to - need to - stop here and pay special attention to @LindseyGrahamSC for a moment. He seems to believe that somehow it's unfair that so much money is coming in from around the country against him. But he tries to pretend that he doesn't understand why.
Here's why:

He is the Senate Judiciary Committee Chair. That committee doesn't serve just South Carolina but the entire nation. It's a fact that he's in charge of a senate process to pick a SCOTUS justice that affects us all - the entire country - and will for decades to come.
He is perfectly willing to push though a nominee that the majority of the nation rejects all for political purposes that do not serve the public in any way. Meanwhile, he doesn't believe that he should be held to account for his reprehensible actions and abuse of his office.
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2 Oct
The whole issue of Trump's diagnosis one month before the election is so convenient and deeply cynical it makes a mockery of politics while attempting to insulate Trump from his own self-created disaster. It's not conspiracy, and whether or not it's coincidence is irrelevant.
Joe is a fundamentally good guy. He would never attack Trump personally especially on a matter of an immediate health crisis. And that's the problem. By not attacking Trump at this time, it makes threading the needle on Trump's single most spectacular failure much more difficult.
Joe has to address the address the administrations utter and complete failure on #coronavirus without appearing to attack Trump on his infection and health. That would be cheap and opportunistic, despite the fact that it would be exactly what Trump would do.
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25 Sep
"Trump may be behaving like a strongman, but he is weaker than he’d like us all to believe. Autocrats who actually have the power to fix elections don’t announce their plans to do it; they just pretend to have gotten 99 percent of the vote.
It’s crucial that Trump’s opponents emphasize this, because unlike rage, excessive fear can be demobilizing. There’s a reason TV villains like to say, “Resistance is futile.”"
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