IMPORTANT: IT HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO MY ATTENTION THAT THE QUOTE ATTRIBUTED BELOW TO MATT BRASS WAS ACTUALLY THE CONGRESSMAN QUOTING A DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUE FROM SEVERAL YEARS AGO. BRASS’ PEOPLE WERE UPSET BY THE CONFUSION. BUT—ODDLY—NOT UPSET ABOUT STEALING VOTING ACCESS FROM MILLIONS OF GEORGIANS. IT’S WEIRD HOW THAT WORKS WITH THESE PEOPLE.
So in case you missed this Dixie two-step travesty from hell, earlier this evening the Georgia State Senate voted to eliminate no-excuse absentee voting.
What this means, in simple terms, is the state’s Republicans are freaking out over a rapidly deceasing amount of political power. They saw Joe Biden win the state; saw two GOP senators lose the state; see an ever-increasing population shift toward the left—and they’re losing their collective shit. So, step by step, the Georgia GOP is working hard to restrict voting methods that help the Dems. The new legislation, according to the AJC, would “reduce the availability of absentee voting, restricting it to those who are at least 65 years old, have a physical disability or are out of town. In addition, Georgians would need to provide a driver’s license number, state ID number or other identification.”
Yup—everything John Lewis and Co. fought against.
But here’s what I love. What I really, really love. Buried deep within the AJC piece is a quote from Matt Brass, a Republican congressman. Here’s what he offered …
And it’s just … just … just—soooooooo fucking infuriating. To translate for Mr. Brass: Donald Trump, the president I supported and voted for, said repeatedly that the election was fixed. So, because he said it over and over and over again, people believe it. Even though it’s total bullshit. But he said it. And said it. And said it. And because he said it and said it and said it, and because none of us had the courage to stand up to his lying, our voters don’t think elections are fair. So we need to make them less fair. By, um, making it harder to vote.
Matt, did I get that right?
Before today, I’d never heard of Matt Brass. A quick visit to his website offers what seems to be a fairly decent guy—a Navy veteran, a University of Georgia grad, a Rotarian. He worked with Habitat for Humanity and has been married to his wife for nine years. Again—seemingly OK.
But for some reason, guys like Matt surrender their honor and integrity when it comes to actually doing the right thing. You’d think a veteran (aka: a dude who fought for this nation) wouldn’t back a president who lies all the time; who made up a story about his 9.11 heroism; who brags about grabbing women by the pussies and who created a phony university to bilk people of their money. You’d also think a veteran would want everyone to vote—party be damned. You’d think, coming from a state steeped in racism and voting obstacles, a veteran would fight to make sure elections are legit.
You’d think Matt Brass would serve with honor.