It is Tuesday morning September 28, 2021 as I tap the keys of a computer’s keyboard to write this op-ed (yes, I still call them that). I see America at a crossroads with simultaneously much promise and much peril. There is no way I can cover all that in a few paragraphs – it would easily take volumes – but I’ll give it a go. Please come along for the brief ride.
Mainly at the state level the Republican Party has been engaged in voter suppression for decades. Of late they have moved into voter intimidation. Ironically they learned both from, among other sources, the Democrats of the Jim Crow era. Now they are unveiling their final tactic – voter nullification. The scariest part is that the general public seems to be completely unaware of that.
With the riddance of Donald Trump many may think the fascist threat to America is over. Think again! It is still alive and well even in DC. My exhibit A is the current Supreme Court majority.
My anger having somewhat subsided, I can probably do a better job writing about last week’s biggest political story now than I could have when it broke (over two days). They say timing is everything in life and the fact that I read Presumed Guilty: How The Supreme Court Empowered The Police Subverting Civil Rights by Edwin Chemerinsky last week probably gave me a unique perspective on the event.
It’s late Sunday morning as I commence penning this. I have been thinking about Joe Biden. I have to wonder why any honest man or woman wants the job of being President of the United States. While most men his age are enjoying their weekend in retirement he has more problems on “his desk” than he can possibly solve.