I’m attempting to post a brief meditation on the daily quote from my Election Day advent calendar. Today [Saturday 10/20] brings us:
If voting changed anything,
they’d make it illegal.
Now, I’m sympathetic to Emma Goldman, but clearly, I disagree.
In fact, I’m a day late getting this post out because yesterday, I was knocking on strangers’ doors to ask for their votes for Ann Johnson in the district 134 race.
I spoke to one parent who asked about Ann, a parent with a disabled child. We talked Sarah Davis’s opposition to Obamacare. Imagine how the parent of a child who will have an ongoing need for medical care reacts to hearing that a politician wants to repeal a bill that would protect that child from losing insurance because of a pre-existing condition.
Vote by vote, a district can turn. Sorry, Emma Goldman, I can’t share your cynicism.
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And yet it does change things, and “they” are trying to make it illegal. See: all the Voter I.D. laws that were passed this year to resolve a non-existant problem while disenfranchising hundreds of thousands of voters. Thank goodness Texas has a pre-existing condition of voter disenfranchisement so it was quick to be cut off at the pass. Let’s hope that remains the case!
We’re going to have Justice Department-invited election observers in Texas this time around – we are at such a crossroads moment. Scary.