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Republicans Save Democracy!

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Earlier this week, the nation watched as Republicans in Georgia did what Democrats have been claiming to do. They saved democracy. 

Last year, Georgia lawmakers passed comprehensive voter integrity legislation that bannied ballot harvesting, required voter identification for mail-in ballots and extended early voting. 

Right on cue, Democrats started up their machine of lies and accused Republicans of draconian “Jim Crow 2.0” laws designed to suppress voting. More specifically, to suppress the voting rights of black Americans.

“#SB202 suppresses voters, criminalizes compassion and represents a massive power grab of election authority from local and state officials. #gapol. In my 11 years in the legislature, I never saw a bill approved at such speed. This wasn’t efficiency. Republicans want to hide their shameful actions from public scrutiny. Instead, they will see sunlight and legal action,” failed gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams claimed. “Now more than ever, we need federal action to protect voting rights as we continue to fight against these blatantly unconstitutional efforts that are nothing less than Jim Crow 2.0.”

“Jim Crow 2.0 is about two insidious things: voter suppression and election subversion.  It’s no longer about who gets to vote; it’s about making it harder to vote. It’s about who gets to count the vote and whether your vote counts at all,” President Joe Biden said during remarks to Atlanta University students in January 2022. “It’s not hyperbole; this is a fact.” 

Corporations also jumped on the woke train. Coco-Cola and Delta, both Atlanta based companies, issued ignorant statements condemning the legislation. Democrats and their allies in the media screamed about the need to "defend democracy.” 

“Let me be crystal clear and unequivocal, this legislation is unacceptable, it is a step backward and it does not promote principles we have stood for in Georgia, around broad access to voting, around voter convenience, about ensuring election integrity, and this is frankly just a step backwards,” Coca-Cola CEO James Quincy said during an interview with CNBC. 

After a barrage of lies and false claims, Major League Baseball pulled its All-Star Game from Atlanta. After being battered by the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic, the city and workers badly needed the revenue. 

“Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box,” MLB Commissioner Manfred released in a statement. “In 2020, MLB became the first professional sports league to join the non-partisan Civic Alliance to help build a future in which everyone participates in shaping the United States. We proudly used our platform to encourage baseball fans and communities throughout our country to perform their civic duty and actively participate in the voting process. Fair access to voting continues to have our game’s unwavering support.”

And yet, this week a record number of Republican and Democratic voters went to the polls in Georgia and cast their votes. 

“Georgians demonstrated their confidence in the state’s election integrity and ease of voting by showing up in record numbers during three weeks of early voting for the 2022 primary. Short lines, smooth easy ballot access, and confidence in ballot security brought out more than 850,000 to cast a ballot in person or return an absentee ballot. Compared early-voting turnout in recent primaries, this represented a 168 percent increase over the 2018, the last gubernatorial primary and a 212 percent jump above 2020, the last presidential primary year,” the Office of the Georgia Secretary of State released. 

President Joe Biden, Stacey Abrams, the lying media and CEOs who were too cowardly to read the legislation and oppose woke pressure that wreaked economic havoc on the state in the aftermath of a pandemic, were wrong. 

Republican lawmakers in the state, who worked to pass the voter integrity legislation making it easier to vote and harder to cheat, saved democracy. 


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