Plain Talk About Georgia
Category: Op/EdBy: john-russell • 2 weeks ago • 44 comments
This morning on This Week on ABC the panel had a discussion about the canceling of the MLB All Star game, or rather the moving of the game away from Atlanta Georgia later this summer. The Republican leaning members of the panel, Chris Christie and a woman who had been in the Trump administration, tried to say that the recent Georgia voting law actually expanded voting procedures, so it is therefore unfair of Major League Baseball and others to say that the law was passed in order to suppress black votes.
Rahm Emmanuel was also on the panel and he is the one who put the correct light on the topic - Emmanuel said that if Trump had won the November election there wouldn't have been any changes made to the Georgia voting law. Of course Emmanuel is right.
Republicans control the Georgia legislature and the Georgia governorship, so no law is passed and signed in Georgia without the approval of the Republican Party. The Republican Party does not want more blacks to vote in Georgia, they want less to vote. They may not be sure that these new laws will result in fewer blacks voting in future elections, but it is certainly what they are hoping for. They also gave responsibility to oversee the elections to a new board that will be appointed by the state legislature, so as to make it more right leaning as long as the GOP holds the majority there .
The effect of the new Georgia voting law will not be specifically known until the next couple of elections occur, but the intent of the law is already known. The conservative Georgia legislature is not going to make it easier for people who want to vote for Warnock and Ossoff, and Stacey Abrams , to vote. Start with that obvious truth and it is easier to make sense of what is happening.
If Trump had won last November there would be no new voting law in Georgia . People who don't understand that probably deserve to have their all star game taken from them.